Latest Events

  • AUG 23

    Goldfarb & Lipman Presents NPH Brown Bag Training - What Lies Beneath: Top 10 Lurking Dangers in Construction Contracts on August 23, 2018

    NPH Brown Bag Training


    NPH Conference Room
    369 Pine Street, Suite 310
    San Francisco, CA 94104


    What Lies Beneath: Top 10 Lurking Dangers in Construction Contracts


    In the sprint to closing a construction loan for an affordable housing project, the construction contract is frequently overlooked and often misunderstood. While loan documents, partnership agreements, and other documents command attention and negotiation, the construction contract, in contrast, is often treated as a mere afterthought. After all, the AIA-standard forms are mostly boiler-plate stuff that someone must have thought made sense and all we need to think about is the contract sum and the schedule, right? Unfortunately, this conventional wisdom is anything but wise as the standard AIA construction contract is loaded with provisions that could potentially lead to shocking results. This Brown Bag will discuss the 10 most significant provisions, including some hidden risk allocation provisions and other clauses that appear harmless to the untrained eye, but, in fact, fundamentally alter the owner’s expectations.


    Speakers:  William DiCamillo and Isabel Brown

  • MAY 11

    Jeffrey Streiffer Joins Goldfarb & Lipman LLP

    Our firm is pleased to welcome the newest attorney to our team: Jeffrey Streiffer. Jeff brings with him a diverse breadth of knowledge and experience from his 19 years of legal experience. Not only does the addition of Jeff infuse the firm with a sense of excitement in welcoming a new colleague, he also elevates our insights into the world of government agencies and cooperatives.


    Prior to joining Goldfarb & Lipman, Jeff was Senior Counsel at the Office of General Counsel at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). He is a member of the California Bar Association as well as the Minnesota Bar Association, and has been admitted to practice in the US Supreme Court, US Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the US Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota.

  • APR 19

    Goldfarb & Lipman Attorneys Presenting at the Real Property Law Retreat in San Francisco

    37th Annual Meeting of the Real Property Law Section
    April 19 – 22, 2018


    Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
    Five Embarcadero Center
    San Francisco


    ** Earn up to 15.75 Hours MCLE Credit Including Credit in Legal Ethics, Elimination of Bias, and Competency Issues **


    How to Get Your Project Approved Under the New Housing Laws
    Friday, April 20
    10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


    2017 has been touted as the “year of housing” in the Legislature. Based on the Legislature’s concern that local governmental approvals are one of the biggest obstacles to approval of housing at all income levels, numerous bills were enacted to provide “by right” approvals and narrow the grounds for denying or reducing the density of conforming housing projects. This session will describe the bills that have been signed by the Governor and what can be expected in the next legislative session.


    Speakers: Nahal Hamidi Adler, Barbara Kautz, Rafael Yaquian


    Everyone Wants to Get the Project Done
    Saturday, April 21
    12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.


    This panel will evaluate the ethical rules that real property attorneys should consider in real estate transactions in which multiple parties are involved and the transactions are initially non-adversarial. The panel will review the applicable California Rules of Professional Conduct, the State Bar Act, court decisions and practical tips regarding joint representation, confidentiality, conflict of interest, written disclosures, waivers, and when it may be necessary for attorneys to withdraw from representations.


    Speakers: Celia Lee, Robert Mills, Dianne Jackson McLean


    Redevelopment Dissolution and the Impairment of Contracts
    Saturday, April 21
    1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


    The California legislature’s 2011 abolition of redevelopment caused a seismic shift in funding for infrastructure, housing and other real property development in California. California is now one of the only states in the country without redevelopment. At the time dissolution happened, hundreds of millions of dollars were already committed to projects that were well underway when the Legislature acted. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed, challenging redevelopment dissolution’s impairment of ongoing contracts. This panel will report on how the courts have been deciding redevelopment dissolution issues, and the effect of those decisions on project funding.


    Speakers: Dianne Jackson McLean, Dolores Dalton, Rafael Yaquian


    The Front Lines: Implementation at Federal, State and Local Levels
    Sunday, April 22
    8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


    The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that the Federal Fair Housing Act included claims based on disparate impact and HUD released its new guidelines. These two actions taken together have the potential to change how government decisions for affordable housing are made. This panel will discuss the decision, the new rules, and impacts of both on affordable housing developers, both in the selection of sites for new development as well as the operation of affordable housing.


    Speakers: Karen Tiedemann, Heather Gould

  • MAR 14

    Lynn Hutchins and Karen Tiedemann Presenting at the 38th Annual CALED Training Conference

    CALED 2018 Annual Training Conference
    March 14 – 16, 2018


    Monterey Marriott Hotel
    350 Calle Principal
    Monterey, CA


    Click here for more information on the conference.

  • MAR 07

    Goldfarb & Lipman Attorneys Presenting at the 2018 Housing California Annual Conference

    2018 Housing California Annual Conference
    Sacramento Convention Center
    March 7-9, 2018


    “The Whole Caboodle: Understanding the Legal Documents in a Multi-family Housing Closing”


    Pre-Conference Institute
    Wednesday, March 7, 2018
    Presenters: Isabel Brown, William DiCamillo, Elizabeth Klueck


    Each affordable development project has a voluminous set of loan documents, such as loan agreements, regulatory agreements, promissory notes, deeds of trust, and assignment agreements from multiple lenders. In addition, there may be documents that govern the ownership structure, such as an operating agreement and a partnership agreement with an investor, plus other documents. Then, throw in architect and construction contracts, and there are enough documents to make your head spin! At best, it is a headache to read through all these documents. At worst, they contain pages and pages of legalese so intimidating and confusing that the documents are ignored. This workshop will unravel the mystery of all this paper so that you can understand why these documents are so important and what they do. It will also help you get a handle on how to review and negotiate these documents so that you can communicate your organization’s goals to your lenders, attorneys, and other key participants in the deal.


    “All the Right Moves: Leveraging State Laws to Get Through the Approval Process”


    Workshops – Session II
    Thursday, March 8
    Presenters: Barbara Kautz, Eric Phillips


    On the last day of the 2017 session, the California Legislature passed over one dozen bills in a landmark package developed together with Governor Jerry Brown’s office. These bills, along with other recent legislative actions and court decisions, will require each city and county to change the way it processes housing applications. This workshop will focus on new and existing tools in state law that can be used to move a proposed project through the development process, clear CEQA hurdles, and get to approval.


    “SMACKDOWN! The Owner and Contractor Negotiate the Construction Contract”


    Workshops – Session IV
    Friday, March 9
    Presenters: William DiCamillo, Isabel Brown


    Do construction contracts matter? It’s just a standard form with boiler-plate stuff, and all we need to think about is the contract sum and the schedule, right? Unfortunately, a construction contract is loaded with provisions that could potentially lead to shocking results. This “no-holds-barred” panel will discuss the most significant provisions from both the owner and contractor perspectives, and will highlight some hidden risk allocation provisions and other clauses that appear harmless but, in fact, fundamentally alter the owner’s expectations.


    Click here for more information on the conference.

  • JAN 31

    Amy DeVaudreuil to be panelist on NPH’s Tax Credit Equity in the Aftermath of Tax Reform Discussion


    BRIDGE Housing
    600 California Street, Suite 900
    San Francisco, CA
    1:00 – 2:30 p.m.


    With the recent passage of Federal Tax Reform, affordable housing developers will have to navigate new hurdles to get projects built. While tax credits and private activity bonds have survived, the bill vastly alters the affordable housing investment landscape. Come hear from a panel of investors and industry experts about the implications of the new tax bill for your affordable housing developments and learn about the investment outlook for 2018.

    To register for this FREE event, click here.

  • JAN 23

    Everyday Negotiations: Develop Negotiating Skills to Advance Your Project and Career


    Goldfarb & Lipman
    1300 Clay Street, 11th Floor
    Oakland, CA
    9:00 a.m. – Noon


    Working out contract provisions, dividing up tasks among a project team, asking for a raise, agreeing on variances with Planning—negotiations are a daily part of life for affordable housing professionals. Join the Emerging Leaders Peer Network to develop your skills in this critical area. In an intensive negotiations workshop, Haas School of Business PhD candidate Daron Sharps will help you study and practice the basics of negotiation—tactics and strategies. You will begin negotiating based on shared interests, consider negotiation’s unique role in the social sector, and engage in peer coaching for an upcoming moment of negotiating potential.


    Hosted by Goldfarb & Lipman LLP and Organized by the Emerging Leaders Peer Network (ELPN). Breakfast and lunch provided courtesy of Goldfarb & Lipman LLP.


    To register for this event, click here.

  • JAN 19

    Barbara Kautz to be Panelist on the Housing Crisis at 32nd Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference

    Land Use Law & Planning Conference
    Millennium Biltmore Hotel
    Los Angeles, CA


    January 19, 2018


    The Housing Crisis: The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same


    Heralded as the most meaningful housing legislative package in recent history, what exactly did the Legislature accomplish? Will it lead to meaningful relief to California’s record housing deficit? Did special interest demands thwart what might have been more meaningful reforms? Does CEQA (or special interest exploitation thereof) remain a significant impediment to housing production? And will affordability, and not just scarcity, find some relief?


    Click here for more information on the conference.