Bijal Patel is Of Counsel in Lubin Olson's Real Estate and Land Use Practice Groups. She specializes in transactional real estate and land use matters, with a focus on public/private partnerships, project development, land use entitlements, affordable housing, and eminent domain.
Ms. Patel has extensive experience representing both private developers and public agencies on complex development projects, from acquisition through entitlements and financing. Ms. Patel also is an expert in transit-oriented development (TOD), from acquisition/disposition of TOD properties to financing and entitlement of TOD projects consisting of both market rate and affordable housing. In addition to transactional expertise associated with private deals, she has considerable experience negotiating and documenting long-term ground lease structures and procuring entitlements for projects involving public partners. In eminent domain, Ms. Patel is an expert with the acquisition of property through the eminent domain process, both California and federal, from the inception of the statutory process through condemnation proceedings, including relocation and goodwill issues related to such acquisitions.
Before joining Lubin Olson, Ms. Patel served as Deputy Director, Property Development and Management for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, where she oversaw the Authority’s acquisition of hundreds of properties in Silicon Valley for its various transportation projects, including the federally funded BART Silicon Valley Project, as well as the formation and implementation of the Authority's Joint Development Program. Ms. Patel also served as Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, Port of San Francisco Team, where she advanced the redevelopment of prime San Francisco waterfront properties as lead Port real estate counsel. As a former tax accountant with Deloitte & Touche, Ms. Patel started her legal career as a land use attorney in the San Francisco office of Baker & McKenzie LLP.