Miriam Montesinos

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Miriam has practiced in land use law and represented a number of national clients for more than 15 years. Before joining Pelosi Law Group, she was Of Counsel Gresham Savage, and prior to that a Partner with Sheppard Mullin. Throughout her career, she has assisted small and large property owners, developers and tenants, including Fortune 500 companies, on a wide variety of development projects throughout California. 

She specializes in analyzing the development potential of proposed development sites, and has worked on a variety of land use projects, including retail developments/shopping centers, office and industrial parks, residential and mixed-use developments and long-range strategic plans for developers. As part of her practice, Miriam advises on the legal adequacy of environmental documents prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Her extensive experience also includes obtaining findings of public convenience and necessity to allow alcohol sales at retail locations.

Miriam is fluent in Spanish.
 

Education

– J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1999
– A.B., Stanford University, 1995


Publications

– “5 Tips to Avoid Going Bust in the Student Housing Boom,” Law360 (December 5, 2012)
– “Analyzing Climate Change Under CEQA in a Climate of Uncertainty,” Real Property Law, Vol. 30 (September 1, 2007)
– “It May Be Silly, But It’s an Answer: The Need to Accept Contingent Valuation Methodology in Natural Resource Damage Assessments,” Ecology Law Quarterly, v. 26 (1999), no.1, pp. 48-79


Affiliations

– San Francisco Bar Association, Co-Chair Equality Committee on Diversity
– ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers), Northern California Programs Committee
– P.A.W.S. (Pets are Wonderful Support) Volunteer


Honors

– San Francisco Bar Association Award of Merit, 2012
– Recipient, Harmon Writing Award for “It May Be Silly, But It’s an Answer: The Need to Accept Contingent Valuation Methodology in Natural Resource Damage Assessments”