About Our Firm

Neil Sorensen specializes in land use, real estate, municipal and environmental law, estate planning and trusts, and in litigation associated with these areas.

 

Prior to commencing his legal career, Mr. Sorensen worked as a land use planner for various public agencies, including the Marin County Planning Department and the Los Angeles County Engineer.  He has extensive experience in annexation issues, having spent over two years as the Executive Officer of the Marin Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).

 

 

LEGAL WORK AND REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS:

 

Since 1986, Neil Sorensen has represented property owners in all phases of the land development approval and entitlement  process, including CEQA compliance, subdivision approvals, local agency proceedings and related litigation.  He represents private and public clients in real estate litigation, boundary line disputes, land use, and  municipal law and related litigation.  Representative clients include Domincan University, the Belvedere Land Company, Marin Catholic High School, Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services, Estero Mutual Water Company, Oceana Marin Homeowners Association, San Francisco Theological Seminary, and Villa Marin Homeowners Association.

 

GOVERNMENT AND LAND USE EXPERIENCE:

  •  Judge Pro Tem, Marin Superior Court
  •  Trustee, Dixie School District Board of Trustees.
  •  Executive Officer, Marin Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo)
  •  Principal Planner, Marin County Planning Department.
  •  Environmental Planner, Los Angeles County Engineer

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

  • Marin County Bar Association (Past Member of Board of Directors)
  • American Bar Association

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION:

 

J.D. – Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California

 

B.S. – Environmental Planning, University of California, Davis

 

 

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE:

 

California, 1985

 

PUBLISHED CASES:

Fairbank v. City of Mill Valley (1999) 75 Cal.App.4th 1243  (see link):

http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/cases/1999/00-07-10_ceqa_fairbank.html

Salmon Protection and Watershed Network v. County of Marin (2004) 125 Cal.App.4th 1098 (see link):

http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/cases/2004/Salmon_Protection–A105592.htm

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

“Innovative Easements and Other Small Farm Preservation Tools” (Dec 2009) California Farmlink Workshop
“Boundary Law Issues” (May 2008)  Lorman Educational Services
“Prescriptive Rights – What Does the Surveyed Boundary Line Have to do With It?” (April 2005)
Marin Chapter – California Land Surveyors Association
“Recent Real Estate Transactional Problems & How to Avoid Them” (April 2002)
No. Calif. Forms Committee Meeting
“Nuts & Bolts of California Planning and Zoning Law”  (July 1998)
Marin Splinter Group
“Real Property Mergers” (1997)
Marin County Bar Association, Real Estate Section
“The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of California Planning & Zoning Law” (March 1995)
S.F. Bay Area Chapter of the Appraisal Institute
“Planning Law Review:  Euclid to Lucas”  (March 1993)
No. Calif. Section, American Planning Association