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Bijal Patel

Special Counsel / Advisory Division

Ms. Patel supervises the real estate and land use units in the City Attorney's Advisory Division.

Ms. Patel joined the City Attorney's Office in 2017 after serving as Of Counsel in the Real Estate and Land Use Practice Groups at Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLP in San Francisco. She specialized in transactional real estate and land use matters, with a focus on public/private partnerships, project development, land use entitlements, affordable housing and eminent domain.

Before she joined Lubin Olson, Bijal spent seven years as Deputy Director, Property Development and Management for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, where she oversaw the Authority’s acquisition of hundreds of properties in Silicon Valley for its various transportation projects, including the federally funded BART Silicon Valley Project, as well as the formation and implementation of the Authority's Joint Development Program. She also was Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, Port of San Francisco Team for six years.  At the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, she advanced the redevelopment of prime San Francisco waterfront properties as lead Port real estate counsel.

A former tax accountant with Deloitte & Touche, Bijal began her legal career as a land use associate in the San Francisco office of Baker & McKenzie LLP. She earned her law degree and a Master’s Degree in City Planning from UC Berkeley and she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Speech from Houston Baptist University. Bijal also was a Fulbright Scholar in Peru in 1995 and 1996 and a Ford Foundation Scholar in Costa Rica in 1993. She also served on the City of San Ramon Planning Commission.

 

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