Tay Via works primarily in the areas of commercial real estate, land use and development, specializing in large public/private projects and guiding clients through the increasingly complex real estate development process. Her expertise includes the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and laws and regulations regarding climate change, redevelopment and successor agencies, waterfront development (including the Bay Conservation and Development Commission and State Lands Commission), housing and historic resources. She is proud of the firm’s role in City-changing projects such as Mission Bay, the Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium and AT&T Park (even her children are modestly impressed with that one).
Caroline Guibert Chase has particular expertise in assisting commercial and residential developers with obtaining the requisite approvals to develop real property, primarily in the City and County of San Francisco. Having worked as an urban planner for five years in the public and private sectors before becoming an attorney, Caroline has a unique ability to understand and counsel clients on the governmental planning processes and, in particular, the continuing process to change the area plans in the City and County of San Francisco.
Nick’s work in land use began before law school, when he lived in Mexico City and researched urban planning policies to manage urbanization and slum formation. In navigating the city’s laws and communities, he found that the politics, housing needs, and environmental sustainability concerns that shaped Mexico City also appear in cities around the world. He’s translated this experience into land use law, and is excited to work in a field that brings together San Francisco’s politics, communities, and economic growth.
As a kid growing up in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, Dan picked up his parents’ newspaper habit. After the Sports page, he went straight to the Metro section to read about local news and politics. After a few professional detours, Dan entered a land use practice that allows him to think and read about the issues affecting day-to-day life for people around the Bay Area. He enjoys combining his personal and professional interest in local government and politics to advise clients developing real estate projects both big and small.
A childhood spent building with Lego propelled Paul to focus on real estate development. Today, he enjoys guiding projects from start to finish – from property acquisition and entitlements, to development, construction, and leasing. Paul particularly enjoys site tours of projects he has worked on across the Bay Area.
The Coblentz Real Estate Team