Judy V. Davidoff is a partner in the San Francisco office and a former member of the firm's Executive Committee. She previously served as Co-Practice Group Leader for the Real Estate, Land Use, Natural Resources and Environmental practice group firmwide.
Areas of Practice
Ms. Davidoff's practice emphasizes land use, environmental, and development law. She focuses on all aspects of state and federal land use and environmental matters, including CEQA/NEPA compliance, climate change, natural resources, air and water law, public trust and coastal matters, endangered species, cultural and historic resources, initiatives and referendums, public land permitting, and administrative proceedings and litigation.
Ms. Davidoff has worked on a wide variety of significant land use projects throughout California, including destination resorts, regional shopping centers, office and industrial parks, telecom facilities, new towns, residential, mixed use and golf course developments, waste management facilities, coastal developments, hi-tech campuses, and long-range strategic plans for developers and non-developer institutions and groups. She is an expert on CEQA compliance and has advised on the legal adequacy of hundreds of EIRs for projects throughout California. Ms. Davidoff also specializes in litigation and has handled a number of significant land use and environmental cases, including co-authoring the briefs in the landmark California Supreme Court CEQA case of Citizens of Goleta Valley v. Board of Supervisors of Santa Barbara County. She regularly appears before the California Coastal Commission and related coastal regulatory agencies. Ms. Davidoff is the author of numerous publications relating to CEQA, environmental issues and climate change, and frequently lectures on land use issues.
Prior to joining Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, Ms. Davidoff was a partner with Steefel, Levitt & Weiss practicing in the Land Use and Real Estate Group. Earlier, Ms. Davidoff was an international partner with Baker & McKenzie practicing in the California Land & Resources Group in San Francisco. From 1977-1989, she was in-house counsel for the Forest Service, specializing in natural resources matters.
•Best Lawyer in America (Land Use & Zoning Law), Best Lawyers, 2012-2014
•Northern California Super Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, 2005-2014
•Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence Hall of Fame, San Francisco Business Times, 2013
•Northern California Top Women Lawyers, 2012
•Leading Environmental Practices Lawyer, The Recorder, 2012
•Top Women Lawyer 2011, 2012, Daily Journal
•Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence, San Francisco Business Times, 2011
•Land Use Leader 2011, Daily Journal
•AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating an attorney can receive for legal quality and ethics)
•Lambda Alpha International, an honorary real estate economics society