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Deborah L. Kartiganer

Deborah L. Kartiganer

Partner - San Francisco

415.655.8100 t
415.655.8112 d
415.655.8099 f

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Deborah L. Kartiganer is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office.  A member of the firm’s Real Estate & Business Law Practice Group, Debbie focuses her practice on development and entitlements work and land use law.

Debbie’s areas of expertise include: the land use administrative approval process; development of retail, housing, and office projects; public/private partnerships; compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), including the preparation of negative declarations and environmental impact reports; historic resources; compliance with the Subdivision Map Act and the Coastal Act; and the disposition and development of property formerly under the jurisdiction of California’s now-dissolved redevelopment agencies.  Debbie’s clients include large corporations, retailers, governmental entities, startup companies, health care corporations, nonprofit organizations, and individuals. 


  • Represented an eminent local botanical garden society in the development of a multimillion-dollar, LEED-certified nursery and center for sustainable gardening through a public/private partnership with a Bay Area city.
  • Ongoing representation of a Bay Area city in connection with a variety of land use matters, including the proposed development of over seven acres of its downtown area.
  • Represented a large grocery store chain and a nationwide home improvement retailer in obtaining land use approvals for remodels, expansions and new stores in numerous California cities.
  • Ongoing representation of a Bay Area city in connection with a public-private partnership to develop 240 acres of land with up to nine million square feet of mixed uses.
  • Represent a residential developer in navigating the CEQA process and obtaining local permits for a mixed-use development in the Bay Area.
  • Represented a developer in the land use approval process for the redevelopment of a popular waterfront tourist neighborhood in the Bay Area.
  • Assisted a residential developer in documenting a CEQA exemption and obtaining approvals for a mixed-use senior housing development in the Bay Area.
  • Represented the interests of business community members with respect to proposed new general plans and specific plans for various California cities.
  • Represented a national health care provider with land use due diligence and entitlements issues in connection with its establishment of a new medical office building in the Bay Area.
  • Represented a Bay Area developer with respect to title matters, “legacy” redevelopment issues, and City approvals related to its sale of a large regional shopping center.
  • Conducted land use due diligence regarding, and assisted with the entitlements strategy for, the renewal of a popular Bay Area entertainment venue.
  • Represented a well-known Bay Area cemetery with respect to diverse land use and transactional real estate matters, including eminent domain disputes and land acquisitions.
  • Assisted coastal property owners in obtaining a California Appellate Court judgment compelling the issuance of unconditional certificates of compliance under the Subdivision Map Act.
  • Represented a major international data and networking company in obtaining land use approvals for a headquarters campus in the Bay Area.
  • Represented several individuals before the California Coastal Commission in connection with proposed developments, “sea walls,” and subdivisions.