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2016 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2016

Partner Rebecca Thompson was elected Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Board of Directors for the Sky’s The Limit Fund, a non-profit organization that transforms the lives of at-risk youth by providing grants for wilderness therapy programs throughout the United States.

FEBRUARY 2016

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle regarding the California Coastal Commission’s firing of its Executive Director.  Fred also discussed the subject as a guest on KPCC’s AirTalk radio show.

MARCH 2016

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at a Special Meeting of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee. Fred participated in a panel discussion regarding the proposed Sherman Oaks Vision Plan.

APRIL 2016

Founding Partner Sherman Stacey was successful in obtaining unanimous California Coastal Commission approval for the rebuilding of the 100 year old Newport Harbor Yacht Club.

MAY 2016

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at the California Building Industry Association Select Committee on Industry Litigation. Fred’s presentation was entitled “How Property Owners and Developers Can Win Attorneys’ Fees Under the Private Attorney General Statute.”

JUNE 2016

Gaines & Stacey LLP client the Mountains Restoration Trust beneficially settled litigation involving land it owns in the Santa Monica Mountains. Managing Partner Fred Gaines negotiated the agreement for MRT.

JULY 2016

Partner Rebecca Thompson was elected to the Board of Directors of Valley Community Healthcare.  VCH provides medical services for more than 20,000 low income San Fernando Valley residents annually.

AUGUST 2016

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Hermitage Enterprises, LLC successfully defeated all claims in Save Valley Village v. City of Los Angeles, including that their property should be declared an historic landmark because Marilyn Monroe once lived there. Associate Alicia Bartley successfully argued the case at trial.

SEPTEMBER 2016

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was a featured speaker for the Santa Monica Bar Association. Fred spoke on the topic of “Representing Clients Before the California Coastal Commission.”

OCTOBER 2016

Valley Lawyer Magazine included an article featuring Managing Partner Fred Gaines. The article, entitled “Legal Governance: Four Valley Lawyer Legislators,” highlighted  Fred’s service on the Calabasas City Council.

NOVEMBER 2016

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was a featured presenter at the City of Los Angeles Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils’ 2016 Planning Forum, held at the CBS Studios in Studio City.

DECEMBER 2016

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was elected to a one year team as Mayor Pro Tem of The City of Calabasas. Fred has served on the Calabasas City Council since 2011.

2015 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2015

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) Annual Planning Forum. Fred led a session entitled “Planning 101 – An Overview of Community Plans, Zoning, Variances and By-Right Development.”

FEBRUARY 2015

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was selected to serve on the Building Committee for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. The Jewish Home is currently undertaking over $100 million in new construction on its San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles campuses.

MARCH 2015

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Sportsmen’s Lodge REW, LLC won the unanimous approval of the City of Los Angeles’ South Valley Area Planning Commission for a nearly 100,000 sq. ft. redevelopment of its iconic Studio City property.

APRIL 2015

Los Angeles Magazine named Managing Partner Fred Gaines as a 2015 Southern California Super Lawyer. Fred was recognized in the Land Use/Zoning category.

MAY 2015

The San Fernando Valley Business Journal included Gaines & Stacey LLP on its “List” of the Top 40 Law Firms in the San Fernando Valley and North Los Angeles County Region.

JUNE 2015

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at Law Seminars International’s Advanced Seminar on Land Use Planning in California. Fred led a session entitled “New Government Decision Making Processes: Use of Initiatives by Proponents of Projects to By-Pass CEQA and Opponents of Projects to Block Them.”

JULY 2015

Los Angeles Magazine named Associate Alicia Bartley as a Southern California “Rising Star Super Lawyer.” Alicia was recognized in the Real Estate Law category.

AUGUST 2015

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was named one of the San Fernando Valley’s “Most Trusted Advisors” by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. Fred was one of only five attorneys to receive the honor.

SEPTEMBER 2015

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Trancas PCH, LLC was awarded over $120,000.00 in attorneys’ fees and costs to be paid by the City of Malibu. The Court found that Trancas acted in the public interest in bringing its successful suit challenging the City’s affordable housing laws.

OCTOBER 2015

Gaines & Stacey LLP client R.D. Olson Real Estate Group, represented by Founding Partner Sherman Stacey, won approval of the Lido House Hotel project from the California Coastal Commission. The 130 room boutique hotel will replace the former Newport Beach City Hall at the entrance of the Balboa Peninsula.

NOVEMBER 2015

Managing Partner Fred Gaines won reelection to the Calabasas City Council. Fred was sworn in for his second four year term by California State Assemblyman Matt Dababneh.

DECEMBER 2015

Gaines & Stacey LLP client 2901 Waverly LLC won unanimous approval from the City of Los Angeles Central Area Planning Commission for a new nine unit small lot single family subdivision in Silver Lake.

2014 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2014

Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines, in his role as Mayor of the City of Calabasas, delivered the annual Calabasas State of the City Address in the new Performing Arts and Education Center at Calabasas High School. Over 300 people attended the festivities.

FEBRUARY 2014

Gaines & Stacey LLP launched its completely revamped and redesigned law firm website – www.gaineslaw.com. In addition to new graphics and photographs, the website includes updated information on the firm’s attorneys, practice areas, clients, case highlights and articles.

MARCH 2014

Gaines & Stacey LLP Founding Partner Sherman Stacey was successful in obtaining approval from Los Angeles County for a new single family home in the Latigo Canyon area of Malibu. The project involved obtaining a Conditional Use Permit on a property governed partially by the County’s Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan and partially by the California Coastal Act.

APRIL 2014

Gaines & Stacey LLP Partner Rebecca Thompson successfully closed a $38 Million sales transaction involving a 59 acre industrial property in the City of Compton. The deal involved lengthy multi-party negotiations with complicated financial and environmental contingencies.

MAY 2014

The California Coastal Commission approved the application of Gaines & Stacey LLP client John Morehart for new commercial construction, including a new bulkhead in Newport Harbor. Founding Partner Sherman Stacey represented our client before the Commission.

JUNE 2014

Gaines & Stacey LLP client The Festival Companies closed on the purchase of a signature shopping center in Sherman Oaks. Partner Rebecca Thompson represented our client in the transaction.

JULY 2014

Los Angeles Magazine once again named Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Alicia Bartley as a Southern California “Rising Star Super Lawyer.” The selections are made based on the evaluation of 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Alicia was honored in the Real Estate Law category.

AUGUST 2014

The California Court of Appeal upheld an over half-million dollar judgment obtained at trial for Gaines & Stacey LLP clients Realty Executives and Sara Fincher-Schmidt. Partner Lisa Weinberg successfully represented our clients at trial and on the appeal.

SEPTEMBER 2014

Gaines & Stacey LLP Partner Rebecca Thompson completed the closing of a $24 million real estate purchase transaction for client Plaza de Hacienda, LLC. The subject property includes a multi-tenant shopping center in Riverside County.

OCTOBER 2014

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Community Recycling and Resource Recovery Inc. received unanimous approval from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission for the construction of a state-of-the-art solid waste transfer facility in Sun Valley. Managing Partner Fred Gaines and Associate Kimberly Rible represented Community Recycling throughout the permitting process.

NOVEMBER 2014

Gaines & Stacey LLP Partner Lisa Weinberg delivered a presentation to a group of bank officers and employees. The topic was “Issues to Consider When Pursuing Litigation and Judgment Collection.”

DECEMBER 2014

Partner Rebecca Thompson and Associate Alicia Bartley won an important trial court victory in the matter of Emcke v. Holst, LASC Case No. SC120886. The court granted an access easement for hilltop property in Malibu which would have otherwise been landlocked and unable to be developed.

2013 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2013

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Sebitna, LLC won Los Angeles City Planning Department approval for a 627 unit mixed use project in the Warner Center area of Woodland Hills. Managing Partner Fred Gaines and Associate Alicia Bartley represented our client before the City.

FEBRUARY 2013

For the tenth year in a row, Los Angeles Magazine named Gaines & Stacey Managing Partner Fred Gaines as a Southern California “Super Lawyer.” Fred was recognized for his expertise in the Land Use and Zoning law area of practice.

MARCH 2013

On March 27, 2013, Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines was sworn in as Mayor of the City of Calabasas. Fred was elected to the Calabasas City Council in 2011.

APRIL 2013

The California Coastal Commission approved the application of Gaines & Stacey LLP client John Morehart for new commercial construction, including a new bulkhead in Newport Harbor. Founding Partner Sherman Stacey represented our client before the Commission.

MAY 2013

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Thomas Safran & Associates celebrated the Grand Opening of the 124-unit Del Rey Square Senior Affordable Housing Community in West Los Angeles. Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl recognized Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines for his role in obtaining the land use entitlements for the project.

JUNE 2013

Gaines & Stacey LLP client REW De Soto Partners, LLC was successful in achieving a waiver of over $2,000,000.00 in development fees for a 707 unit multi-family residential project in Warner Center. Managing Partner Fred Gaines and Associate Alicia Bartley handled the matter before the Los Angeles City Council.

JULY 2013

Gaines & Stacey LLP client SC & JB Investments, LLC won approval for a new 96-unit Eldercare Facility to be built in the Sun Valley area of the City of Los Angeles. Managing Partner Fred Gaines represented the client before the City’s North Valley Area Planning Commission.

AUGUST 2013

Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Alicia Bartley participated on a relay team that swam around the island of Manhattan in New York. Alicia’s “Just Keep Swimming” team raised funds for Swim Free, a non-profit organization that improves the lives of children and adults through swimming.

SEPTEMBER 2013

Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines was successful in winning approval from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for a new housing development in the Lake Malibou area of unincorporated Los Angeles County.

OCTOBER 2013

Gaines & Stacey LLP Founding Partner Sherman Stacey obtained the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking to block the development of a new home in Pacific Palisades. Sherman had previously prevailed in a hotly contested Coastal Commission decision to approve the project.

NOVEMBER 2013

Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Kimberly Rible successfully defended a lawsuit which sought to overturn the land use and CEQA approvals for The New West Charter School in West Los Angeles. Kim prevailed in having all of the neighborhood opposition group’s writ of mandate claims denied by the Los Angeles Superior Court.

DECEMBER 2013

Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines was re-appointed to the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging Eisenberg Village and Grancell Village campuses. Fred also serves on the Building Committee for the Jewish Home.

2012 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2012

Founding Partner Sherman Stacey obtained a judgment against the California Coastal Commission on behalf of Gaines & Stacey LLP client Donald Norberg. The decision invalidated a condition requiring a property rights waiver in Laguna Beach.

FEBRUARY 2012

Founding Partner Sherman Stacey and Managing Partner Fred Gaines were both recognized as Southern California “Super Laywers” by Los Angeles Magazine. Fred and Sherman were honored for their expertise in handling Land Use and Zoning law matters.

MARCH 2012

Associate Alicia Bartley was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Sherman Oaks

Neighborhood Council. Alicia has served on the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee since 2006.

APRIL 2012

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was unanimously elected by the Calabasas City Council to serve as the City’s Mayor Pro Tem for 2012-2013. Fred was elected to the City Council in 2011 for a four year term.

MAY 2012

Gaines & Stacey LLP clients New Community Jewish High School and New West Charter

Middle School both obtained approvals for new campuses from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. Managing Partner Fred Gaines and Associate Kimberly Rible represented the schools.

JUNE 2012

As part of the Centennial of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, Managing Partner Fred Gaines was selected as one of the Home’s 100 for 100 Honorees. Fred currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Home’s Grancell and Eisenberg Village Campuses.

JULY 2012

On July 15, 2012, Gaines & Stacey LLP marked its 15th Anniversary. Since 1997, the firm has consistently been recognized as one of the top land use and real estate law firms in California.

AUGUST 2012

Founding Partner Sherman Stacey prevailed on behalf of Gaines & Stacey LLP client Mariposa Land Company in overturning a California Coastal Commission denial of a permit to place a protective rock revetment along 600′ of Malibu Creek.

SEPTEMBER 2012

Partner Lisa Weinberg obtained judgment at trial in favor of Gaines & Stacey LLP clients Realty Executives and Sara Fincher-Schmidt. The matter involved a dispute over a six-figure real estate broker’s commission. Partner Rebecca Thompson assisted in the representation.

OCTOBER 2012

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Lycee International de Los Angeles received unanimous Planning Board approval for a new secondary school campus in The Rancho Neighborhood of the City of Burbank. Managing Partner Fred Gaines and Associate Alicia Bartley represented the school.

NOVEMBER 2012

Gaines & Stacey LLP client the Jim Herrick Swim School received approval for a new ten year Conditional Use Permit. Associate Kimberly Rible represented the school and was successful in obtaining the unanimous support of the Valley Village Neighborhood Council.

DECEMBER 2012

Associate Alicia Bartley was chosen to Co-Chair the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Holiday Toy Drive. Toys were donated to the Little Tokyo Service Center, the Ocean Park Community Center and A Place Called Home.

2011 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2011

The San Fernando Valley Business Journal included Gaines & Stacey LLP on “The List” of the San Fernando Valley’s top law firms. Gaines & Stacey was the only firm listed which specializes in handling land use, zoning and environmental law matters.

FEBRUARY 2011

Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines was the featured speaker at a conference hosted by Coldwell Banker. Fred spoke on “California Coastal Commission Permitting and Enforcement.”

MARCH 2011

Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines was elected to a four year term on the Calabasas City Council. Fred finished first in the field of seven candidates. Fred was sworn into office by former California State Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg before an overflow crowd at Calabasas City Hall.

APRIL 2011

Gaines & Stacey LLP Partner Lisa Weinberg successfully negotiated the settlement of a long-standing dispute between several ocean front homeowners in Malibu. The case involved complicated issues of ocean erosion and accretion, and landowner liability.

MAY 2011

As a member of the Public Service Committee of the Urban Land Institute’s (“ULI”) Young Leaders Group, Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Alicia Bartley helped organize the 22nd Annual Great L.A. River Clean Up. Over 5,000 volunteers participated along the 50 mile River course.

JUNE 2011

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Vons Supermarkerts won unanimous approval from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission for a new 60,000 square foot Pavilions market and retail center in Sherman Oaks. Managing Partner Fred Gaines and Associate Kim Rible represented Vons.

JULY 2011

Los Angeles Magazine once again named Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Alicia Bartley as a Southern California “Rising Star Super Lawyer.” This was the fifth year in a row that Alicia had received this honor.

AUGUST 2011

After a week long Superior Court trial, Gaines & Stacey LLP Client Dean Isaacson was successful in obtaining a multiple six figure judgment in the complex real estate matter of Isaacson v. Pokal. The case was tried by Litigation Partner Lisa Weinberg and Associate Alicia Bartley.

SEPTEMBER 2011

Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines addressed California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) reform proposals as part of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association’s (“VICA”) annual Local Elected Officials Luncheon. Fred, a Past Chairman of VICA, participated in his new role as an elected Member of the Calabasas City Council.

OCTOBER 2011

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Mariposa Land Company won a judgment against the California Coastal Commission nullifying the Commission’s denial of a Coastal Development Permit for Mariposa’s Malibu property. Mariposa was represented at trial by Founding Partner Sherman Stacey and Associate Nanci Stacey.

NOVEMBER 2011

Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Kimberly Rible was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Green Associate. The LEED Green Associate credential identifies professionals with proven expertise in green building design, construction and operations.

DECEMBER 2011

Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines was named one of the Valley’s Most Trusted Advisors by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. He was one of ten attorneys chosen for the prestigious recognition. Fred was also the recipient of the SFVBJ’s Public and Community Leadership Award.

2010 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2010

Gaines & Stacey client Temple Judea of the San Fernando Valley broke ground on the construction of its new Synagogue and School facility in Tarzana. Managing Partner Fred Gaines and Associate Alicia Bartley represented Temple Judea throughout the land use entitlement and permitting process.

FEBRUARY 2010

Managing Partner Fred Gaines served as a Guest Lecturer at Pepperdine University School of Law. Fred spoke on “Negotiation and Settlement Strategies in Real Estate Cases.”

MARCH 2010

Founding Partner Sherman Stacey and Managing Partner Fred Gaines were both named as Southern California “Super Lawyers” by Los Angeles Magazine. Fred and Sherman were honored for their expertise in handling Land Use and Zoning law matters.

APRIL 2010

Managing Partner Fred Gaines served as Chairman for the Los Angeles Jewish Home Circle of Life Award Gala honoring Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine and Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich.

MAY 2010

Associate Alicia Bartley finished third in her age group at the Xterra Sport Lake Las Vegas Triathalon in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alicia completed the 750m lake swim, 15k mountain bike trail ride and 5k run in 2 hours and 56 minutes.

JUNE 2010

Gaines & Stacey client Malibu Valley Farms claimed victory in the California Court of Appeal. Managing Partner Fred Gaines argued the case which involved an environmental group attempting to overturn a Coastal Commission permit approval and to obtain attorneys’ fees.

JULY 2010

Gaines & Stacey client Pacific Equity Properties celebrated the Grand Opening of the Whole Foods supermarket in their Tarzana Village Walk development. Managing Partner Fred Gaines and Associate Kimberly Rible handled all of the land use entitlement issues for the new mixed use development project.

AUGUST 2010

For the fourth year in a row Los Angeles Magazine named Associate Alicia Bartley as a Southern California Rising Star Super Lawyer. Alicia was selected in the Real Estate Law category.

SEPTEMBER 2010

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was selected as Chairman for the 2010 Valley Industry and Commerce Association (“VICA”) Business Forecast Conference. The conference is VICA’s largest annual event, attracting over 400 business and political leaders from all over the Los Angeles area.

OCTOBER 2010

Gaines & Stacey client Al Rodriguez successfully obtained a six figure arbitration award, including punitive damages. Associate Alicia Bartley prosecuted the case which involved breach of contract, malpractice and fraud claims against an architect for a residential project in Malibu.

NOVEMBER 2010

Two Gaines & Stacey clients, represented by Managing Partner Fred Gaines and Associate Kimberly Rible, received approvals from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. Vons Supermarkets won approval for a new 56,000 sq.ft. store at Pico and Fairfax in Los Angeles. The Jewish Educational Trade School won approval for the construction of a new 100,000 sq. ft. facility in Granada Hills.

DECEMBER 2010

Gaines & Stacey client Vons Supermarkets won approval from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission for a new 58,000 square foot Pavilions store at Santa Monica Boulevard and Barrington in West Los Angeles. Managing Partner Fred Gaines and Associate Kimberly Rible handled the matter for Vons.

2009 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2009

Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines was presented the Tom Bane Humanitarian Award by the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. Fred served as President of The Executives, the San Fernando Valley business community support group for the Jewish Home, for 2008-2009.

FEBRUARY 2009

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Beverly Hills Adjacent Senior Assisted Living, LLC was successful in defending a legal challenge to the approval of a new 64 unit senior independent living project in West Los Angeles. Gaines & Stacey LLP Partner Lisa Weinberg acted as lead trial counsel for the client.

MARCH 2009

For the second year in a row the San Fernando Valley Business Journal identified Gaines & Stacey LLP as one of the Top 25 Law Firms in the San Fernando Valley. Gaines & Stacey LLP was once again the only listed firm specializing in land use, zoning and environmental law.

APRIL 2009

Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Alicia Bartley was selected to participate for the third time in the prestigious Urban Land Institute’s (“ULI”) Young Leaders Partnership Forum. As part of the Forum, Alicia teamed with other professionals to assist with a community development project in the Los Angeles area.

MAY 2009

Gaines & Stacey LLP Founding Partners Fred Gaines and Sherman Stacey represented clients on five separate matters at the California Coastal Commission meeting held in Oxnard. The Gaines & Stacey LLP clients were successful on all matters, including the expansion of a hotel in Venice, the approval for a new single family home in Laguna Beach, improvements at a Mobile Home Park in Pacific Palisades, and regarding a boundary dispute along the Ballona Lagoon.

JUNE 2009

Gaines & Stacey Managing Partner Fred Gaines successfully represented The Counter-Custom Built Burgers before the City of Los Angeles South Valley Area Planning Commission. The Commission voted unanimously to approve a Conditional Use Permit for The Counter’s newest location in Studio City.

JULY 2009

For the third consecutive year Los Angeles Magazine named Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Alicia Bartley as a Southern California Rising Star Super Lawyer. Alicia was selected in the Real Estate Law category.

AUGUST 2009

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Senior Community Housing of Long Beach, represented by Partner Lisa Weinberg, was successful in defeating a court challenge to its approval for a new 65 unit, five story senior housing project.

SEPTEMBER 2009

Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines was named as one of five Finalists for the 2009 Fernando Award for Civic Accomplishment and was honored at the 51st Annual Fernando Award Finalist Dinner held at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills.

OCTOBER 2009

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Thomas Safron & Associates received unanimous PLUM Committee and City Council approval to construct 155 units of affordable senior housing in the Del Rey Square area of the City of Los Angeles. Managing Partner Fred Gaines represented the client before the City Council.

NOVEMBER 2009

In Malibu Canyon L.P. v. County of Los Angeles, Gaines & Stacey LLP client Malibu Canyon L.P. won a final judgment against the County of Los Angeles resulting in approval of their estate home development in the Santa Monica Mountains. Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines and Associate Alicia Bartley handled the litigation.

DECEMBER 2009

Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines was re-elected to a two year term on the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (“VICA”) Board of Directors. Fred was Chairman of the Board in 2002-2003 and is a past Chair of the group’s Land Use Committee.

2008 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2008

Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines was elected President of The Executives, the San Fernando Valley’s principal support group for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. The Executives raise over $500,000.00 annually in support of the Jewish Home.

FEBRUARY 2008

Gaines & Stacey LLP Founding Partner Sherman Stacey won a trial court victory in the matter of Rendenzer v. Emerald Bay Community Association. The action, brought in the Orange County Superior Court, sought to stop our client�s development of single family homes.

MARCH 2008

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Thomas Safran & Associates, represented by Managing Partner Fred Gaines, received approval to construct 75 units of affordable senior housing in the City of Calabasas. The City Council also approved up to $1 Million of City funding for the project.

APRIL 2008

The San Fernando Valley Business Journal identified Gaines & Stacey LLP as one of the Top 25 Law Firms in the San Fernando Valley. Gaines & Stacey LLP was the only firm listed specializing in land use, zoning and environmental law matters.

MAY 2008

Gaines & Stacey LLP Partner Lisa Weinberg obtained an advantageous settlement after four days of trial in the matter of Nicholas Beach v. Zen Partners LLC. The case involved disputes over easements and development rights for beachfront properties in Malibu.

JUNE 2008

Abigail Greenspan joined Gaines & Stacey LLP as our 2008 Summer Law Clerk. Abbey attends law school at the University of Southern California and is a former Planning Deputy for Los Angeles City Council Member Wendy Greuel.

JULY 2008

Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at the Grand Opening Ceremony for the City of Calabasas’ new $42 Million Library and Civic Center. Fred spoke in his role as President of the Calabasas Library Commission.

AUGUST 2008

Los Angeles Magazine named Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Alicia Bartley as a 2008 Southern California Rising Star Super Lawyer. Alicia was selected in the Real Estate Law category. This was the second year in a row that Alicia received this honor.

SEPTEMBER 2008

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Vons/Safeway received land use approvals for a new Pavilions Supermarket in Woodland Hills from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. Managing Partner Fred Gaines and Associate Kimberly Rible represented Vons/Safeway before the Commission.

OCTOBER 2008

Gaines & Stacey LLP Partner Rebecca Thompson negotiated a settlement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of client California Car Hikers Service. The settlement addressed continued funding of the North Hollywood Operable Unit Groundwater Treatment Program.

NOVEMBER 2008

Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Nanci Stacey and her crew won the Women’s Masters Quad race at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival in Newport Beach. The Sixth Annual Gaines & Stacey Cup was awarded to Capitol Crew of Sacramento, winners of the Men’s Junior Eights race.

DECEMBER 2008

On December 4, 2008, Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at a Statewide seminar entitled “Real Estate Development From Beginning to End in California.” Fred lead the session on “Obtaining Development Approvals.”


2007 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2007

Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Alicia Bartley was honored by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as one of 40 top Valley business leaders under the age of 40 at a reception held in Universal City. Alicia was chosen both for her professional accomplishments and for her pro bono community service activities.

FEBRUARY 2007

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Devon Plaza, represented by Partners Lisa Weinberg and Rebecca Thompson, obtained a substantial financial settlement in the federal court litigation matter Devon Plaza v. ExxonMobil Oil Corporation. The case involved the property owner’s claims of environmental and property damage at a former service station site in Chatsworth.

MARCH 2007

Gaines & Stacey LLP client EZ Lube, represented by Managing Partner Fred Gaines, received zoning and conditional use approval from the Los Angeles City Council for a new store in Valley Village.

APRIL 2007

Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Kimberly Rible was appointed as a member of the Land Use Committee of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (“VICA”). The VICA Land Use Committee meets monthly to hear project presentations, and to develop and advocate for pro-business development reforms and permit streamlining measures.

MAY 2007

Gaines & Stacey LLP client LT-WR LLC has won an important property rights case in the California Court of Appeal. In LT-WR LLC v. California Coastal Commission, the Court held that the Commission’s powers do not extend to the designation of public easements across private property. Fred Gaines, Lisa Weinberg and Noelle Bensussen represented the plaintiff at trial and on appeal.

JUNE 2007

Gaines & Stacey LLP Associates Kimberly Rible and Alicia Bartley were both named as 2007 Southern California Rising Star Super Lawyers by Los Angeles Magazine. Alicia was selected in the Real Estate category and Kim was picked in the Land Use/Zoning category.

JULY 2007

On July 15, 2007, Gaines & Stacey LLP celebrated its Tenth Anniversary. In its first ten years, Gaines & Stacey LLP has grown to eight attorneys in two offices, and is recognized as one of the state’s foremost land use and environmental law firms.

AUGUST 2007

The California Coastal Commission approved a major Coastal Development Permit for Gaines & Stacey LLP client Malibu Valley Farms. Malibu Valley Farms has been rated as the State’s Number One race horse breeding facility. Managing Partner Fred Gaines represented Malibu Valley Farms at the hearing held in San Luis Obispo.

SEPTEMBER 2007

Founding Partner Sherman Stacey and Associate Nanci Stacey successfully represented the plaintiffs in Serra Canyon Property Owners Association v. California Coastal Commission. The appellate decision upheld a trial court judgment allowing the Association to maintain its private gated roadway in the City of Malibu.

OCTOBER 2007

In honor of the Firm’s 10th Anniversary, the Gaines & Stacey LLP website was completely revised and updated. Found at www.gaineslaw.com, the site features greatly improved, easy-to-use content and graphics.

NOVEMBER 2007

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Chris Bredesen won a Superior Court judgment against the California Coastal Commission overturning the denial of permits for improvements at his beachfront home in Torrance. Founding Partner Sherman Stacey and Associate Nanci Stacey represented the plaintiff in Bredesen v. California Coastal Commission.

DECEMBER 2007

On December 4, 2007, Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at a Statewide seminar entitled “Real Estate Development From Beginning to End in California.” For the fourth straight year Fred led the session on obtaining development and environmental approvals.


2006 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2006

Noelle Bensussen joined Gaines & Stacey LLP as a full time Associate. Noelle received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan, and her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School. Noelle’s practice focuses on land use and litigation matters.

FEBRUARY 2006

On February 13, 2006, Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines was a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California Graduate School of Real Estate Development. Fred’s topic was “The Approval Process – Developer/Community Relations.”

MARCH 2006

Gaines & Stacey LLP Partner Lisa Weinberg won two significant litigation victories. In one case, the Grafton Hotel in West Hollywood successfully defended a multi-million dollar breach of contract suit and was awarded its attorneys’ fees and costs. In another matter, all claims against our client in a complex land use and fraud suit were dismissed before trial.

APRIL 2006

Gaines & Stacey LLP Founding Partner Sherman Stacey successfully represented the Serra Canyon Property Owners’ Association in obtaining a trial court judgment against the California Coastal Commission. The Judgment overturned a Coastal Commission order which denied the Association the ability to maintain its gated private roadway.

MAY 2006

Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines participated in the San Fernando Valley Economic Summit sponsored by California State University Northridge and the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. Fred moderated a panel discussion entitled “Neighborhood Councils: The New Land Use Frontier.”

JUNE 2006

On June 20, 2006, Gaines & Stacey LLP celebrated the “official” Grand Opening of our new office suite. Over 150 guests attended the event which included the presentation of a Mayoral Proclamation.

JULY 2006

The July issue of Los Angeles Magazine named Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Kimberly Rible as a 2006 Southern California Rising Star Super Lawyer. For the third straight year, Kim was the only San Fernando Valley based attorney selected in the Environmental/Land Use Law category.

AUGUST 2006

Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Noelle Bensussen was recognized for her pro bono efforts on behalf of Casa Esperanza at the official groundbreaking ceremony for their new facility in Pacoima. Casa Esperanza houses numerous educational, religious, and social service programs on Blythe Street in one of the City’s most gang-infested neighborhoods.

SEPTEMBER 2006

As part of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group, Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Alicia Bartley lent her expertise to assist redevelopment efforts in South Los Angeles. Alicia’s team helped a church group determine how to develop a largely vacant commercial corridor which had been neglected since the 1992 civil unrest.

OCTOBER 2006

Gaines & Stacey LLP Associate Nanci Stacey finished fourth in the women’s doubles competition at the 42nd Head of the Charles Regatta held on the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Head of the Charles is the world’s largest rowing regatta.

NOVEMBER 2006

Gaines & Stacey LLP clients represented by Fred Gaines and Alicia Bartley won a trial victory which voided the City of Los Angeles’ adoption of a historic preservation district in Windsor Square. The court held that the City violated the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) in adopting the controversial land use regulations.

DECEMBER 2006

Gaines & Stacey LLP client The Charles Company won approval for a new residential subdivision in the Bel Air community of the City of Los Angeles. Partner Fred Gaines successfully represented the property owner at both the Deputy Advisory Agency and the West L.A. Area Planning Commission public hearings.


2005 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2005

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was elected to a third term as President of the City of Calabasas Library Commission. In that role, Fred will be overseeing the planning and construction of the City’s new $12 million library facility which is scheduled to open in 2007.

FEBRUARY 2005

Partner Lisa Weinberg successfully represented Gaines & Stacey LLP client GH Captial, LLC, in a court challenge by a neighboring property owner to a planned 112 unit senior housing development. The Court of Appeal upheld the City’s approval of the project in its entirety.

MARCH 2005

Fred Gaines served as the Moderator for a panel discussion entitled “Land Use: The Lay of the Land in 2015.” The program was part of the Second Annual San Fernando Valley Real Estate Outlook Conference sponsored by California State University, Northridge.

APRIL 2005

For the second year in a row, Fred Gaines was named as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine. Fred was specifically honored for his expertise in the Environmental and Land Use law areas of practice.

MAY 2005

Gaines & Stacey LLP was a sponsor of the Valley Community Legal Foundation’s 2005 Law Day Dinner. All proceeds benefitted the Foundations’s grant and scholarship programs. Fred Gaines is a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

JUNE 2005

Associate Alicia Bartley was a featured speaker at the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leader Partnership Forum. Alicia’s presentation was entitled “Legal Issues in Urban Planning.”

JULY 2005

Gaines & Stacey LLP client the Cohan Family Partnership, represented by Fred Gaines, received approval from the Thousand Oaks City Council for the subdivision and development of 42 new single family homes. The homes are to be built by nationally acclaimed homebuilder Centex Homes, which is also a Gaines & Stacey LLP client.

AUGUST 2005

Partner Sherman Stacey successfully represented the Pacific Palisades YMCA before the California Coastal Commission. The YMCA received approval for the use and development of several acres of property adjacent to their existing facility on Sunset Boulevard.

SEPTEMBER 2005

Associate Kimberly Rible was named a “Rising Star Super Lawyer” in the September 2005 issue of Los Angeles Magazine. This is the second year in a row that Kim was so honored. Kim was the only San Fernando Valley attorney selected in the Environmental/Land Use category.

OCTOBER 2005

Fred Gaines was selected as awardee of the 2005 Harmon Ballin Award for Community Service. The Award was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association.

NOVEMBER 2005

Gaines & Stacey LLP was a sponsor of the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils’ Business Issues Forum, featuring Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The purpose of the Forum is to help educate Neighborhood Councils about business and land development issues.

DECEMBER 2005

On December 2, 2005, Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at a seminar entitled “Real Estate Development From Beginning to End.” Fred spoke on obtaining development and environmental approvals.


2004 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2004

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was elected the 2004 President of the Library of California Board. The Board is responsible for oversight of the California State Library and the distribution of over $50 million of State and federal funds.

FEBRUARY 2004

On February 17, 2004, Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at a seminar entitled “Zoning and Land Use in California.” Fred spoke on current coastal land use issues and on new trends in zoning law.

MARCH 2004

Partner Rebecca Thompson assisted Gaines & Stacey LLP client Noram, Inc. with the closing of a $7 million purchase of prime industrial property in Richmond, California. Rebecca provided counsel regarding the complex title and environmental issues involved at the site.

APRIL 2004

Fred Gaines was elected to the Board of Governors of the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles. The Board will oversee the construction of a new $30 Million Children’s Museum at Hansen Dam in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.

MAY 2004

Gaines & Stacey LLP was a sponsor of the Valley Community Legal Foundation (“VCLF”) 2004 Law Day Dinner. VCLF raises funds for programs including the San Fernando Valley Drug Court, Childrens and Victims Rights, and scholarships for local students.

JUNE 2004

Legal Assistant Tiffany Perry graduated from California State University at Northridge. Tiffany received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. Tiffany has worked for Gaines & Stacey since 1998.

JULY 2004

Fred Gaines was named the 2004 Outstanding Volunteer Advocate at the Valley Industry and Commerce Association’s Excellence in Business Awards Gala. Over 400 business and community leaders attended the event.

AUGUST 2004

Partner Sherman Stacey successfully represented Gaines & Stacey LLP client Chartwell Partners LLC before the California Coastal Commission. The Commission granted hotly contested Coastal Development Permits for property in the Malibu Colony.

SEPTEMBER 2004

Fred Gaines was honored at the Fernando Award Foundation’s Annual Nomination Luncheon. The Fernando Award is the San Fernando Valley’s highest award for volunteerism. Fred was nominated by the Valley Industry and Commerce Association and the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.

OCTOBER 2004

Associate Kimberly Rible was honored as a “Rising Star Super Lawyer” in the September 2004 issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Kim was the only San Fernando Valley attorney selected in the Environmental/Land Use Law Category.

NOVEMBER 2004

Fred Gaines was named the San Fernando Valley’s “Best Community Executive Leader” from a small or medium sized business by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. The award was presented as part of the Business Journal’s Inaugural Community Awards Reception.

DECEMBER 2004

Associate Alicia Bartley was selected to participate in the prestigious Urban Land Institute’s (“ULI”) Young Leaders Partnership Forum. ULI is a national organization of architects, builders, planners, lawyers and other professionals in the real estate development field.


2003 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2003

Fred Gaines and Kimberly Rible successfully assisted the Adat Yeshurun Congregation in receiving final zoning approval from the Los Angeles City Council for a new Jewish Day School in North Hollywood.

FEBRUARY 2003

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was elected to a one year term on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The LAACC is the State of California’s largest Chamber of Commerce with over 1,300 member companies.

MARCH 2003

Nanci Stacey hosted United States Deputy Secretary of the Interior Steven Griles for an equestrian trial ride in the mountains above Palm Springs on behalf of our client the Desert Riders. Gaines & Stacey LLP represents the Desert Riders in their efforts to keep the historic riding trails in the Palm Springs area open for public use.

APRIL 2003

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Dorothy Rose, represented by Rebecca Thompson, was successful in winning Summary Judgment on all claims in the matter Northridge Commerce Center v. Rose. The case involved allegations that a former shopping center owner was responsible for certain environmental contamination found on the property.

MAY 2003

Fred Gaines, in his role as Chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (“VICA”), led a delegation of Los Angeles business leaders on a lobbying trip to Washington, D.C. Fred met personally with U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, White House staff, and four local area Congressmen.

JUNE 2003

On June 6, 2003, Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at the annual San Fernando Valley Bar Association Construction Defect Law Seminar. Fred’s presentation was entitled “The New Construction Defect Law: Mandatory Mediation and Contractor’s Right to Fix.”

JULY 2003

The July 2003 issue of the Metro Investment Report featured an extensive interview with Managing Partner Fred Gaines regarding land use, development and governance issues in the San Fernando Valley.

AUGUST 2003

Kimberly Rible graduated as a member of the Valley Leadership Institute (“VLI”) Class of 2003. VLI provides leadership training and public policy education for an annually selected class of future community leaders.

SEPTEMBER 2003

Gaines & Stacey LLP client GH Capital LLC, represented by Lisa Weinberg, was successful in defeating a court challenge to a new 112 unit senior housing development in Tarzana. In Tarzana Tower v. City of Los Angeles, a neighboring property owner had challenged the City’s approval of zoning entitlements and certification of the project’s environmental review.

OCTOBER 2003

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Patriot Homes, represented by Fred Gaines, received approval for a zone change from the Thousand Oaks City Council to allow for the development of 46 new homes on the site of the former Thousand Oaks Racquet Club.

NOVEMBER 2003

On November 2, 2003, the first annual Gaines & Stacey LLP Cup was awarded to the Capital Crew of Sacramento, winners of the Men’s Junior Eight rowing race at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival. Sherman and Nanci Stacey, both avid rowers, served as hosts for the event.

DECEMBER 2003

Alicia Bartley joined Gaines & Stacey LLP as an Associate. Alicia is a 1999 graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a 2003 graduate of the University of Southern California Law School.


2002 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2002

Fred Gaines was elected Chairman of the Board of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (“VICA”). VICA is one of Southern California’s most influential business advocacy organizations representing over 350 member companies in the greater San Fernando Valley area.

FEBRUARY 2002

Kimberly Rible joined Gaines & Stacey LLP as an Associate. Kim is a 2001 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and has over ten years of experience as a Certified Paralegal specializing in land use, real estate and civil litigation matters.

MARCH 2002

Managing Partner Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at the CLE International Conference on Regulatory Takings held at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. Fred’s topic was “Preparing for Litigation During the Administrative Process.”

APRIL 2002

The San Fernando Valley Business Journal named Fred Gaines as one of the Top 25 Attorneys in the San Fernando Valley. The only real estate attorney to make the list, Fred was chosen for his expertise in the handling of land use and environmental law matters.

MAY 2002

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Valley Community Clinic, the San Fernando Valley’s largest provider of free medical care to needy patients, acquired a new 40,000 square foot facility in North Hollywood. Partner Rebecca Thompson represented Valley Community Clinic in the $6.5 million transaction.

JUNE 2002

Gaines & Stacey LLP celebrated its Fifth Anniversary. Despite its short history, the firm has been recognized as one of the San Fernando Valley’s top law firms, and as one of the State’s best known land use, zoning and environmental law practices.

JULY 2002

A July 26, 2002, article in the Los Angeles Daily News reported on Fred Gaines’ efforts as VICA Chairman to reform the onerous City of Los Angeles business tax system. Working with a coalition of business groups and City officials progress has been made toward simplifying and reducing the burden on City businesses.

AUGUST 2002

Partners Lisa Weinberg and Fred Gaines were successful in obtaining a zone change for a retail shopping center in Northridge owned by Gaines & Stacey LLP client Ramage Enterprises. Lisa and Fred also assisted client Michael Goodrich in gaining approval of a zone change and General Plan amendment for a new 21 unit apartment complex in Valley Village.

SEPTEMBER 2002

Kimberly Rible was selected as a member of the prestigious Valley Leadership Institute’s (“VLI”) Class of 2003 . VLI provides leadership training and public policy insight for an annually selected class of future community leaders.

OCTOBER 2002

On October 7, 2002, Gaines & Stacey LLP relocated to its new offices in Encino. In its new facilities, the firm has established an Of Counsel relationship with Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan, one of the San Fernando Valley’s oldest and most respected full service law firms.

NOVEMBER 2002

Gaines & Stacey LLP client The Charles Company was granted summary judgment in its favor on all claims in the matter Hawthorne Plaza, LLC v. The Charles Company. The Judgment will allow The Charles Company to continue with its landmark conversion of the former Hawthorne Mall into corporate and government offices.

DECEMBER 2002

Sherman Stacey, considered one of the West Coast’s top experts on coastal legal issues, was reelected as a Director of Northern Marine, Inc. Northern Marine is a leading manufacturer of custom yachts headquartered in Anacortes, Washington.


2001 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2001

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Patriot Homes, represented by Fred Gaines, received final approval from the Los Angeles City Council for a 44 lot subdivision and corresponding zone change for a new gated, single family home project in Woodland Hills.

FEBRUARY 2001

In February, Fred Gaines was appointed by State Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg to a four year term on the Library of California Board. The Board is responsible for the distribution of over $50 million of state funds to library and literacy programs across California.

MARCH 2001

Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at the San Fernando Valley Bar Association’s Business Law and Real Property Section Meeting held at the San Fernando Valley College of Law. Fred’s presentation was entitled: “When is a Neighbor a Nuisance?”

APRIL 2001

On April 12, 2001, Gaines & Stacey LLP welcomed U.S. Representative Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) to our offices. Congressman Sherman was the featured speaker at a lunch meeting of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (“VICA”) Federal Issues Committee.

MAY 2001

Lisa Weinberg won an important Superior Court victory for Gaines & Stacey LLP client the Beverly Canon Merchants Association against the City of Beverly Hills. The suit was based on the City’s failure to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”).

JUNE 2001

On June 28, 2001, Rebecca Thompson served as Moderator for a panel discussion entitled “Legal Strategies in Mold Contamination Cases.” The program was sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

JULY 2001

The July 8, 2001, Edition of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal identified Gaines & Stacey LLP Managing Partner Fred Gaines as one of the Valley’s Top 25 Emerging Business Leaders for 2002.

AUGUST 2001

Gaines & Stacey LLP Paralegal and Office Manager Cameron Hardy was sworn in as a California Notary Public. Cammy is a 1993 graduate of Moorpark College and received her Paralegal Certification in 1994 from the W.L. Stephenson Institute.

SEPTEMBER 2001

Sherman Stacey successfully represented Gaines & Stacey LLP clients Stanley and Jean Harfenist in overturning an over $800,000 fine which had been imposed by the California Coastal Commission regarding their property in Santa Barbara County.

OCTOBER 2001

In October, Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at the California Building Industry Association’s 21st Select Conference on Industry Litigation in Monterey. Fred discussed the firm’s recent Appellate Court victory in the case of Ezell v. City of Los Angeles.

NOVEMBER 2001

Fred Gaines was featured in the November 12, 2001 Edition of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. Fred was interviewed regarding his plans for his upcoming term as Chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (“VICA”).

DECEMBER 2001

Rebecca Thompson was elected a Partner in the firm. Rebecca is a 1992 graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Law. She is currently the Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Water Quality Subcommitte.


2000 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 2000

Fred Gaines became a member of the Board of Directors of the Valley Community Legal Foundation of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. The Foundation provides scholarships to needy and deserving students, and sponsors programs on domestic violence, victims rights and public safety issues.

FEBRUARY 2000

In February, Rebecca Thompson became Of Counsel to Gaines & Stacey LLP. Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Southern California and of the University of Notre Dame Law School. Rebecca specializes in environmental law matters and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section.

MARCH 2000

Over the past twelve months Sherman Stacey has been involved in the negotiation, documentation and closing of over $150 million in real estate transactions in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah and Arizona.

APRIL 2000

In April, Fred Gaines delivered a guest lecture in land use and zoning law at the UCLA School of Law. Fred discussed takings and exaction litigation, and specifically the impact of Ehrlich v. Culver City and Landgate v. California Coastal Commission, two landmark cases in which Fred had acted as lead trial counsel.

MAY 2000

The May 2000 issue of The Planning Report featured an interview with Fred Gaines on planning and cityhood issues in the San Fernando Valley. Fred is a Contributing Editor to The Planning Report.

JUNE 2000

On June 13, 2000, Rebecca Thompson served as Moderator for a Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Seminar entitled “The New Simulprobe Sampling Technology and Its Impact on Cost Recovery Litigation.”

JULY 2000

Fred Gaines was elected President of the Calabasas Library Commission. A former Chair of the Los Angeles County Library Commission, Fred has been a member of the City Commission since 1998.

AUGUST 2000

The August 6, 2000, Edition of the Los Angeles Times featured an editorial piece regarding the Los Angeles Unified School District’s eminent domain policies written by Fred Gaines. The article was critical of LAUSD’s targeting of viable businesses and commercial properties for new school sites.

SEPTEMBER 2000

In September, Gaines & Stacey LLP client Walgreens Drugstores, represented by Fred Gaines, received approval for a new 15,000 square foot store with drive thru pharmacy from the newly created City of Los Angeles South Valley Area Planning Commission.

OCTOBER 2000

Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at the 19th Select Conference on Industry Litigation hosted by the California Building Industry Association at the Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells. Fred spoke on recent developments in the law affecting coastal property owners.

NOVEMBER 2000

In November, Lisa Weinberg successfully represented Gaines & Stacey LLP client QC Construction in obtaining final approval for a new major mixed-use project from the South Pasadena City Council. The project will be the centerpiece of the City’s Mission Street redevelopment area.

DECEMBER 2000

Fred Gaines was elected Executive Vice Chair and Chair-Elect of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (“VICA”). VICA has over 300 members and is considered one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Southern California.

1999 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 1999

The January edition of The Planning Report included a front page interview with Fred Gaines regarding land use issues and Los Angles City Charter Reform. Fred has been a Contributing Editor for The Planning Report since 1995.

FEBRUARY 1999

Fred Gaines was appointed to a two year term on the Calabasas City Library Commission. Fred was Chair of the Los Angeles County Library Commission in 1997-98.

MARCH 1999

The March 21, 1999 edition of the Los Angeles Daily News published a memorial tribute to former United States Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun written by Fred Gaines. Fred penned the piece in his role as President of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.

APRIL 1999

Fred Gaines was chosen to moderate a debate on the issue of “Gun Control: A Constitutional Quagmire or Much Ado About Nothing” at Soka University in Calabasas. The program was part of Soka University’s highly acclaimed Human Rights Lecture Series.

MAY 1999

Sherman Stacey coordinated the closing of the $100 Million sale of Santa Monica’s biggest apartment complex. Sherman represented his long time client Santa Monica Shores Limited Partnership in what the Los Angeles Times called “the largest apartment sale in the history of Santa Monica.”

JUNE 1999

Fred Gaines was installed as a Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association at the Association’s Annual Installation Dinner at the Regal Biltmore Hotel. The Los Angeles County Bar Association is the nation’s largest voluntary bar association with over 22,000 members.

JULY 1999

Gaines & Stacey LLP clients received a $1 Million settlement payment in a case involving a landslide which partially destroyed their Beverly Hills home in February 1998. Fred Gaines and Lisa Weinberg achieved the settlement on the same day that the trial was set to begin in the Los Angeles Superior Court in Santa Monica.

AUGUST 1999

Fred Gaines was a featured speaker at the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies National Conference on Emerging Trends in Property Rights. Fred’s presentation was entitled “Trying a Takings Case in Court: Some Practical Observations.”

SEPTEMBER 1999

Sherman Stacey, on behalf of Gaines & Stacey LLP client Timberlake Group International, was successful in defeating three separate lawsuits filed by a rival shopping center developer. The actions were all attempts to overturn development approvals for a new 500,000 square foot retail center in the City of Redlands.

OCTOBER 1999

On October 15, 1999, Gaines & Stacey LLP moved to new offices, just across the street from our former location. Our new suite features larger offices, updated telecommunications and computer technology, expanded conference rooms and library facilities, and easier parking and client access.

NOVEMBER 1999

Lisa Weinberg and Fred Gaines presented a seminar entitled “Land Use and Entitlements Due Diligence: Determining the Status and Appropriateness of a Project’s Permits and Land Use Controls During the Acquisition Process.” The program was attended by some thirty real estate attorneys in Century City.

DECEMBER 1999

Fred Gaines was elected Vice Chair of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (“VICA”). VICA is considered one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Southern California.

1998 FIRM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY 1998

The January 1998 edition of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal contained a Profile of Fred Gaines. The article, entitled “Fighting for Property Rights,” reported that Fred had gained “considerable clout” in the San Fernando Valley commercial real estate and development community, and predicted that he would “play a significant role” in a number of important issues facing the Valley.

FEBRUARY 1998

The February 1998 issue of The Planning Report featured a front page article authored by Fred Gaines. The article, entitled “Land Use Principles To Guide Los Angeles City Charter Reform,” proposed specific measures to improve the land use entitlement process in the City of Los Angeles.

MARCH 1998

The American Bar Association selected Fred Gaines to be a featured speaker at the American Law Institute’s National Conference on Inverse Condemnation and Government Liability in San Francisco. Fred spoke on “Proving a Takings Claim and Proving Damages in Court.”

APRIL 1998

At the April meeting of the California Coastal Commission in Long Beach, Sherman Stacey represented three separate clients and all three had their Coastal Development Permit applications approved. Since 1974, Sherman has conducted more than 1,500 hearings before the California Coastal Commission.

MAY 1998

On May 20, 1998, Fred Gaines completed a two-year term as Chair of the Los Angeles County Public Library Commission. Fred was appointed to the Commission by County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky in 1995. The Commission oversees the operations of the County’s 88 branch libraries with an annual budget of over $50 million.

JUNE 1998

Prime Retail, the nation’s largest Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) specializing in shopping center development, chose Gaines & Stacey LLP to provide counsel for their first ever development projects in California. Prime Retail, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, develops, owns and operates more than 50 retail shopping centers across the country.

JULY 1998

Gaines & Stacey LLP client the Serra Canyon Property Owners Association was granted summary judgment against the State of California’s claims of a public easement over the Association’s private road in Malibu. The trial court’s ruling in favor of the Association has resulted in the continued private development of the area without additional State intervention.

AUGUST 1998

On August 20, 1998, the Los Angeles Daily News Editorial Page featured an article by Fred Gaines on land use issues and Los Angeles City Charter Reform. On August 27, Fred was a panelist discussing Charter Reform on the “Which Way L.A.” radio program on KCRW-National Public Radio in Los Angeles.

SEPTEMBER 1998

On September 19, 1998, Fred Gaines was installed as the sixty-ninth President of the 1,700 member San Fernando Valley Bar Association. Fred was sworn into office by his former colleague State Assembly Member Robert Hertzberg in front of 300 guests at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel.

OCTOBER 1998

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Prime Retail received final approvals from the City of Camarillo for construction of a new 250,000 square foot shopping center and related subdivision. The new center will include outlet and specialty retailers, themed restaurants, and will connect to a newly expanded Edwards Multiplex Cinema. The site is located at the intersection of Highway 101 and Las Posas Road in Camarillo.

NOVEMBER 1998

Gaines & Stacey LLP client Lechuza Villas West, L.P. won a hard fought trial court victory against the State of California in a dispute over the location of the boundary between Lechuza’s private Malibu beachfront property and the public tidelands. After eight days of trial, the court granted judgment in favor of Lechuza finding that the public tidelands do not move landward, usurping private rights, as the result of severe winter storms.

DECEMBER 1998

Lisa Weinberg became a partner of the firm effective January 1, 1999. Lisa is a graduate of Brown University and of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Lisa specializes in real property and land use related litigation matters.