Blog Authors

Tay Via

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).

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Caroline Guibert Chase

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.

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Gershwin_Dan_color_medDan Gershwin

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.

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Daniel Barsky

Daniel first gained exposure to land use issues as a law clerk in the LA City Attorney’s Office, where he watched commercial developers pitch their project proposals in public hearings.  Daniel found himself drawn to real estate development and its potential to enhance the quality of life in urban communities.  He particularly enjoys staying current on innovative land use policy in the Bay Area and throughout California.

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Christopher Chou

Chris provides counsel on a variety of regulatory issues with a focus on land use, environmental, and municipal law. He has experience helping clients with innovative and challenging projects on issues related to land development and infrastructure, including entitlements, permitting, and environmental review. He has worked on these issues on a range of projects including tech campuses, educational institutions, affordable housing, sustainable and resilient developments, mixed-use developments, solar energy facilities, and other infrastructure projects.

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The Coblentz Real Estate Team



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