Victor M. Marquez is a partner in the San Francisco office. His practice focuses on real estate transactions, land use and zoning laws, real estate, business and general commercial litigation, state and local government relations, and community outreach specialization in the context of land development and redevelopment for both private companies and nonprofit organizations and programs.

    Victor is also able to assist the firm’s clients on public policy matters at the local, state and federal government levels, as well as in regions of Latin America given his extensive network across the country and abroad, which has been built over the past 30 years by holding national leadership roles in professional Bar Associations, as well as having served in leadership roles on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Mexicans in the Exterior, a program of Mexico’s Secretary of the Exterior.

    In addition, Victor is a seasoned litigator in real estate, business and general commercial matters. His litigation experience spans into real estate, business and environmental, including Superfund sites and EPA compliance matters, trusts and estates, senior law and employment matters, including labor commissioners' hearings and/or defending EEOC complaints.

    Victor has extensive experience working before administrative, legislative and executive bodies in California, including before commissions, special power authorities, planning departments, city councils and county boards of supervisors, as well as in the state capitol of California. He is a registered lobbyist and an expert in community outreach aimed at gaining governmental and community support for his clients' real estate and development projects for both private and nonprofit entities. He has expertise in assisting investor groups with acquisition and site control for master developments, as well as vertical and infill development of commercial, residential and mixed-use properties. Victor works with local, national and international clients to serve their real estate needs.

    Victor's scope of work with real estate clients includes site identification and acquisition, due diligence, oversight of environmental phase studies, map studies, analyzing zoning and land use laws, and assisting through the planning entitlement process, which may include CEQA environmental reports, negative declarations and/or zoning variances.

    Victor also has deep understanding and advocacy skills to bring together community stakeholder interests with those of local government entities to obtain support for real estate development projects and prevent appeal challenges. Through developing economic community benefit packages to mitigate the impacts of development, he has successfully assisted real estate development projects obtain community and government support leading to land use entitlements.

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    • Lead government relations and community outreach counsel on the development team for the in-fill new construction of 114 high-end condominiums, coupled with an adaptive reuse project to redevelop a single screen theater.
    • Lead legal and government relations counsel and community outreach counsel in the adaptive reuse of the formerly single cinema movie house, known as the New Mission Theater, into a multi-screen cinema with restaurant food, beer and wine service, commonly known as the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.
    • Serving as government relations counsel in obtaining entitlements to build a 262-unit residential complex that involved the adaptive reuse of several historical relevant structures in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.
    • Serving as legal counsel, government relations counsel and community relations director in the development of a 117-unit market rate and inclusionary affordable housing project and an onsite community nonprofit space.
    • Providing legal and government relations services in The Mexican Museum's efforts to construct a new 65,000-sq/foot facility as part of a mixed-use high-end residential facility, with retail and restaurant components, which will provide space to expand the museum's exhibitions, education and public programs.
    • Serving as general counsel to Asian, Inc., providing direct legal representation, advice and counsel on all aspects of the organization's operations and programs. Asian, Inc. also has a portfolio of affordable housing buildings that it owns, manages and operates for the local San Francisco community.
    • Served as co-counsel for the development and construction of the InterContinental 32-story hotel located at 888 Howard Street in San Francisco.
    • Served as legal counsel for the initial efforts to revitalize and undertake an adaptive reuse project for San Francisco’s The Old Mint at 5th and Mission.
    • Served on the exclusive negotiating team on behalf of Lennar Communities for the right to develop the Bayview Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, a Superfund site.

    Education

    • Santa Clara University, School of Law, J.D.
    • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A.

    Admissions

    • California, 1990

    Courts

    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of California
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., C. Dist. of California
    • U.S. Supreme Court

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • American Bar Association – Chair, ABA Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Commission (SOGI); member, The ABA Diversity Center, State & Local Government Law Section and The Commission on Hispanic Rights & Responsibilities Liaison; former member, Rule of Law Initiative Board Member and Fund for Justice & Education Board
    • Former National President, Hispanic National Bar Association
    • Former President and General Counsel, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association
    • Current General Counsel and former Chairman, San Francisco Mexican Museum
    • The Institute for Mexicans in the Exterior – Chair, Legal Commission and By-Laws Committee

    Languages

    • English
    • Spanish
    • Italian
    • Spirit of Excellence Award, American Bar Association, 2016
    • Lawyer of the Year, S.F. La Raza Lawyers Association, 2011
    • Social Justice & Human Rights Award, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2008
    • Outstanding Service, San Francisco Bay Area Minority Bar Coalition Award
    • Hero Award, AGUILAS, a nonprofit organization
    • 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times
    • 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America, Hispanic Business Magazine
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