Corinne "Corie" Calfee

ccalfee@opterralaw.com; 510-809-8001

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Ms. Calfee specializes in land use, environmental issues, and related litigation. She counsels clients through the entitlement process and facilitates related transactions.  She has particular experience advising on the development of multi-family residential developments, utility infrastructure, public-private partnerships, and renewable energy projects.  She represents individual and institutional developers, utilities, public agencies, and community groups.

In addition to entitlement work, Ms. Calfee assists clients in their ongoing compliance with local, state and federal regulations, including environmental regulations and rent control.  She advises on environmental and land use aspects of real estate transactions.  She also litigates environmental and administrative law cases under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), the California Coastal Act, the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, state and federal Endangered Species Acts, rent control ordinances, and general planning and zoning laws.

Ms. Calfee earned her J.D., with a certificate in environmental law, at U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall.  She also earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School at U.C. Berkeley.  She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A. B. in history and women’s studies.

Honors

Ms. Calfee is recognized as a Rising Star for Land Use/Zoning and Environmental by Super Lawyers (Northern California).

Professional Activities

  • Member, SPUR
  • Member, Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Volunteer, Alameda County Bar Association Community Legal Assistance Saturday Program
  • Past member, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
  • Past member, Berkeley Housing Advisory Commission

Publications

  • “Permission to Transition: Zoning and the Transition Movement,” Planning & Environmental Law (April 2012) with E. Weissman
  • “Measuring Land Use Regulation in the Bay Area: Report to the MacArthur Foundation,” IBER & Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics (August 2007) with P. Monkkonen, J. Quigley, S. Raphael, L. Rosenthal, J. Wright
  • “Kelo v. City of New London: The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change” Ecology Law Quarterly (2006)
  • “The National Flood Insurance Program Mandatory Purchase Requirement: Policies, Processes and Stakeholders” (March 2005) with R. Tobin