Fred Gaines

Fred Gaines is the Founding and Managing Partner of Gaines & Stacey LLP, a San Fernando Valley based law firm which specializes in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy. The firm, which has offices in Encino and Newport Beach, California, provides counsel and services to property owners, real estate developers, governmental agencies, community groups and individuals related to real estate and general business issues.

Mr. Gaines concentrates his practice in a variety of areas, including administrative approvals, environmental (CEQA/NEPA) review of development projects, and litigation involving development projects, property transactions, boundary disputes, and other real estate related matters. Mr. Gaines has handled numerous matters before the California Coastal Commission and has acted as lead counsel for plaintiffs in the landmark cases Landgate v. California Coastal Commission and Lechuza Villas West v. State of California

Mr. Gaines is a Past President of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association and a Past Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  He is a Member of the California Building Industry Association Select Committee on Industry Litigation a Board Member of the Valley Economic Alliance, Past President of the Executives of the Los Angeles Jewish Home and the Past Chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (“VICA”).

In 2011, Mr. Gaines was elected to a four year term on the Calabasas City Council.  He served as Mayor in 2013-2014 and 2017-18.

Mr. Gaines was born in Los Angeles, California. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles. He received a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Mr. Gaines has received numerous professional and community awards including being named one of the “Top 25 Lawyers of the San Fernando Valley” (2002), “Best Community Executive Leader” (2004), “Valley’s Most Trusted Advisors” (2011 and 2015), and to “The 200" (2016, 2017 and 2018) by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. He is also a recipient of The Calabasas Mayor’s Award (2002), VICA’s Harmon Ballin Community Service Award (2005), the Los Angeles Jewish Home’s Tom Bane Humanitarian Award (2009), the Chabad of Calabasas Public Service Award (2013), and the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Calabasas” Award (2017).

Mr. Gaines resides in Calabasas, California with his wife Jill. They have three adult children, Danielle (Jeremy) Pearlman, Stephanie and Allison.

Legal Employment:

1997 – Present
Gaines & Stacey LLP
Encino, California
Founding and Managing Partner of firm specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy.

1989 – 1997
Reznik & Reznik, A Law Corporation
Sherman Oaks, California
Partner and Chair of the firm’s Land Use Department.

1986 – 1989
Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Phillips
Los Angeles, California
Member of the Litigation and Administrative Law Departments.

Extern Clerk for The Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel
United States District Judge
San Francisco, California


  • Valley Industry and Commerce Association, Chair, 2002-2003, Board of Directors, 1993-present.
  • California Building Industry Association Select Committee on Industry Litigation, 1991-present.
  • Valley Development Forum, President, 1995.
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association, President, 1998-1999.
  • Regional Advisory Council, Southern California Association of Governments, Chair, 1995-1996.
  • Sherman Oaks Town Council, President, 1995.
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of West Los Angeles School of Law, 1993-1996.
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trustee, 1999-2000.
  • Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, The Executives, President, 2009-2011; Grancell Village/Eisenberg Board of Directors, 2010-Present.