Brian C. Fish, Past President

Brian Fish focuses his practice on land use, redevelopment, environmental and real estate matters. He assists public and private clients with California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) compliance, planning and zoning issues, Subdivision Map Act processing, condominium conversions and all other manner of documentation required to acquire, develop, entitle, redevelop, occupy and sell property. In addition, Mr. Fish appears before administrative agencies, and he handles litigation at the trial court and appellate court levels, with respect to entitlement, CEQA, Subdivision Map Act and other land use and related matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Fish was a planner with the City of San Diego, Development Services Department, and was also a community development specialist with the City of San Diego Redevelopment Agency (Southeastern Economic Development Corporation).


  • The Best Lawyers in America® – First Year Listed: 2008 – Most Recent Listing: 2014 (Litigation Real Estate, Real Estate Law)
  • San Diego Magazine – Top Lawyers (Real Estate) 2014
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition – Most Recent Listing: 2010 (Land Use/Zoning)
  • San Diego Super Lawyers – Most Recent Listing: 2014 (Land Use/Zoning)
  • 2011 Chairman’s Award – Building Industry Association of San Diego – Recognizing “Outstanding Service and Contributions to the Industry”

Representative Matters

  •  Successfully represented a major public energy company in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) litigation regarding property located in Long Beach, California.
  •  Represented a national commercial developer on the acquisition, entitlement and development of an infill, master planned project with a 130,000-square-foot Civic Center, 350 residential units, a 47-acre Community Park and a 330,000-square-foot Lifestyle Shopping Center, including drafting of a land swap agreement with the City of Chino Hills, CEQA compliance, specific plan and zoning issues, advice regarding prevailing wage laws, Development Agreement negotiation, and other related real estate and land use documentation.
  •  Conducted land use and real estate due diligence for a national apartment developer regarding the potential acquisition of a shopping center in the city of San Diego for redevelopment as a large, mixed-use project.
  •  Advised a national title company regarding Williamson Act compliance issues for property in areas such as the county of Imperial, the county of Sacramento and the city of Chino.


JD, Emory University School of Law, 1996

BA (Urban Studies & Planning), University of California, San Diego, 1991

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Brian C. Fish
Partner – San Diego, Downtown