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.