Maria Pracher: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Maria Pracher


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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • and Environmental
  • Land Use
University Mills College, B.A., with honors, 1978
Law SchoolGolden Gate University, J.D., highest honors, 1981 National Dean's List Nominee, Law Review
Admitted1981, California


•Member, State Bar of California

•Member, Bar Association of San Francisco

•Member, ULI (Urban Land Institute)

•Member, CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women)


Maria Pracher is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Pracher has over 28 years of land use experience counseling clients undertaking complex development and planning projects in California. She has represented clients in preparing land use plans, multi-phased development plans, large residential and commercial projects, mixed use projects, hotels, oil developments, coastal resorts, landfill projects, and redevelopment projects. Her practice involves providing legal and strategic advice and managing the local, regional and state regulatory approval process for large projects, including leading the technical consultant team and negotiating with the regulators and other stakeholder groups. She has extensive experience in structuring a broad range of complex environmental review documents under the California Environmental Quality Act. Additionally, she has represented applicants for coastal development permits and local coastal programs under the California Coastal Act, including The Irvine Company and the Koll Company.


•Best Lawyer in America (Land Use & Zoning Law), Best Lawyers, 2010-2014

•Northern California Super Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, (multiple years)

•AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell

•Lambda Alpha International


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CEQA “Common Sense” Exemption Upheld; Environmental Baseline for Project Following Improvements Pursuant to an Emergency Exemption Clarified
Shadi Mahmoudi,Maria Pracher, March 27, 2015
The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld a CEQA exemption related to the City of San Diego’s approval of a project comprising emergency storm drainage repair and site revegetation. The decision addressed various CEQA issues, including the environmental baseline determination, the...

Sacramento Kings Win Again; Second CEQA Challenge Rejected
Shadi Mahmoudi,Maria Pracher, March 27, 2015
The Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District of California has ruled in favor of the City of Sacramento with regard to a series of challenges brought under CEQA to certification of an EIR and approval of a project to build a new arena in downtown Sacramento. The project involves a...

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Maria Pracher

Seventeenth Floor, Four Embarcadero Center
San FranciscoCA 94111


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