Leigh F. Prince is a partner who specializes in land use, real estate, and municipal law. Leigh represents municipalities, private developers, and individual real property owners. Her land use work focuses on all aspects of the entitlement process, including, but not limited to, zoning and general plan compliance, subdivision, use permit and variance applications. Leigh has significant experience supervising staff and consultant teams through the California Environmental Quality (CEQA) process. She has worked on a variety of projects from single-family subdivisions and multi-family housing, including projects utilizing State Density Bonus Law, to mixed use and large commercial/office projects. Her land use practice is comprehensive, from due diligence to obtaining entitlements and defending project approvals in writ of mandate actions. Leigh’s real estate practice includes negotiating and drafting contracts, purchase and sale agreements, leases, and covenants, conditions, and restrictions. Leigh has a strong understanding of basic municipal law principles, such as the Brown Act and conflicts of interest, as well as how to navigate the local political process.
Before joining the firm in 2006, Leigh was a Deputy City Attorney for the cities of Monte Sereno and Scotts Valley. During her time with the firm, Leigh worked for the City of Menlo Park as the Assistant City Attorney on many large and complex development projects, including several development agreements for Facebook campuses. She also served as the Town Attorney for the Town of Portola Valley.
Leigh received her law degree from the George Washington University School of Law in 2002 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis in 1998. She is a member of the State Bar of California, the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and the San Mateo County Bar Association. Earlier in her practice, Leigh was named a Northern California Rising Star for Land Use & Zoning.