Sanford M. Skaggs

Of Counsel

Sandy Skaggs has represented clients in a wide variety of corporate, litigation and real estate matters. For the past 30 years, his practice has focused primarily on real estate development and local government law as well as related litigation. Currently, his practice is limited to existing clients and consultations with other lawyers on significant legal and strategic issues.


  • Lesher v. Walnut Creek — Obtained a judgment invalidating a growth control initiative that was affirmed by the California Supreme Court in the landmark Lesher v. Walnut Creek decision
  • Residential and commercial development — Obtained all necessary entitlements, including a development agreement, for a project including more than 1400 residential units and commercial space and has continued representation through build-out
  • Entitled residential lots — Conducted land use due diligence for several acquisitions of entitled residential lots including a single transaction involving more than 8,000 lots
  • Major university — Represented a major university over a period of more than 10 years in several projects including (a) a major expansion of a regional mall, construction of 628 residential units, a 494-unit senior housing project, and extension and widening of a regional road, which required entitlements and contracts from two cities and a county; (b) entitlements for a 2 million-square-foot expansion of academic facilities and construction of 3,000 residential units for students and faculty; and (c) a development agreement for the relocation of 300,000 square feet of office space, construction of 250 residential units and construction of public sports fields
  • Aerospace manufacturer — Represented an aerospace manufacturer in connection with proposals to change the general plan designation and zoning of its plant
  • Retail, residential and commercial complex — Drafted initiative measure adopted by the voters, providing all necessary legislative entitlements for a project including 530,000 square feet of retail, 198,000 square feet of office space and 60 multifamily residential units, plus recreational and other uses on 131 acres


  • Panelist, California Subdivision Map Act, Continuing Education of the Bar, San Francisco (May 17, 2013)


  • Former Vice Chairman, Development Regulations Committee, Urban Land Institute
  • Lambda Alpha, an honorary land economics society
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco

Awards & Honors

  • Super Lawyers, Northern California (2004–2014)
  • Gilda Radner Award for Philanthropy, The Wellness Community of Contra Costa County
  • Walnut Creek Businessperson of the Year

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