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Thomas W. Casparian
Attorney
Litigation

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  Thomas W. Casparian
Practice Areas

Litigation
Appellate Law
Manufactured Housing
Land Use
Redevelopment
Environmental
Real Estate



 
 
  • Profile
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  • Media
  • Honors and Awards
  • Education

Profile

Thomas W. Casparian is a partner in Gilchrist & Rutter and an appellate law specialist. His trial and appellate practice focuses on commercial, business, real estate, environmental and employment litigation.

Mr. Casparian represents clients in land use and real estate development, providing counsel on entitlement strategies, CEQA compliance, and protecting projects from litigation challenges. He has extensive experience litigating land use entitlement issues and disputes with municipalities and other governmental agencies at the trial and appellate court levels. Mr. Casparian handles state and local administrative and regulatory matters and related government agency proceedings on behalf of developers and large property owners.

Mr. Casparian has extensive appellate experience and is named as counsel on approximately twenty published state and federal appellate decisions, including: 218 Properties, LLC v. City of Carson (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 182; Colony Cove Properties, LLC v. City of Carson (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 840; Chino MHC, LP v. City of Chino (2012) 210 Cal.App.4th 1049; Goldstone v. County of Santa Cruz (2012) 207 Cal.App.4th 1038; Pacific Palisades Bowl Mobile Estates, LLC v. City of Los Angeles (2012) 55 Cal.4th 783 (representing amicus curiae); Colony Cove Properties, LLC v. City of Carson, 640 F.3d 948 (9th Cir. 2011); Colony Cove Properties, LLC v. City of Carson (2010) 187 Cal.App.4th 1487; Carson Harbor Village v. County of Los Angeles, 433 F.3d 1260 (9th Cir. 2006); Carson Harbor Village, Ltd. v. Unocal Corp., 287 F.Supp.2d 1118 (C.D. Cal. 2003); El Dorado Palm Springs, Ltd. v. Board of Supervisors, 104 Cal. App. 4th 1262 (2002); El Dorado Palm Springs, Ltd. v. City of Palm Springs, 96 Cal. App. 4th 1153 (2002); Carson Harbor Village, Ltd. v. City of Carson Mobilehome Rental Review Board, 70 Cal. App. 4th 281 (1997); People v. Grant (1999) 20 Cal.4th 150.

Prior to joining Gilchrist & Rutter, Mr. Casparian served as Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice.

Experience

Obtained over a dozen writs of mandate against cities and counties that denied or imposed illegal conditions of approval on development permits.

Lead counsel in successful, ground-breaking California case involving conversion of a manufactured housing estate from rental to condominium resident ownership.

Lead counsel in successful prosecution of claim for damages against public entity for regulatory taking that set limitations on a local municipality to impose conditions on real estate development.

Lead counsel in successful prosecution of an appeal against a county board of supervisors that established an important principle on Proposition 8 regarding reductions in property values.

Prosecution of claim seeking remediation costs from responsible parties under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Prosecution of claims against public entity that established appropriate standards for local rental review board.

Represent clients in employment, real estate, insurance, contract, corporate and general tort disputes.

Prior to entering private practice, represented the State of California as Deputy Attorney General before the California Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Published Cases:

218 Properties, LLC v. City of Carson (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 182
Colony Cove Properties, LLC v. City of Carson
(2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 840
Chino MHC, LP v. City of Chino (2012) 210 Cal.App.4th 1049
Goldstone v. County of Santa Cruz (2012) 207 Cal.App.4th 1038
Pacific Palisades Bowl Mobile Estates, LLC v. City of Los Angeles (2012) 55 Cal.4th 783 (representing amicus curiae)
Colony Cove Properties, LLC v. City of Carson, 640 F.3d 948 (9th Cir. 2011)
Colony Cove Properties, LLC v. City of Carson (2010) 187 Cal.App.4th 1487
Carson Harbor Village v. County of Los Angeles, 433 F.3d 1260 (9th Cir. 2006)
Carson Harbor Village, Ltd. v. Unocal Corp., 287 F.Supp.2d 1118 (C.D. Cal. 2003)
El Dorado Palm Springs, Ltd. v. Board of Supervisors (2002) 104 Cal. App. 4th 1262
El Dorado Palm Springs, Ltd. v. City of Palm Springs (2002) 96 Cal. App. 4th 1153
People v. Grant (1999) 20 Cal.4th 150
Carson Harbor Village, Ltd. v. City of Carson Mobilehome Rental Review Board (1997) 70 Cal. App. 4th 281
People v. Chinchilla (1997) 52 Cal. App. 4th 683
People v. Cuevas (1996) 51 Cal. App. 4th 620
People v. Green (1996) 50 Cal. App. 4th 1076
People v. Flores (1995) 39 Cal. App. 4th 1811
People v. Irizarry (1995) 37 Cal. App. 4th 967

Associations

Bar Admissions:

California, 1994
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1995
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1995
U.S. Supreme Court, 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Certified Appellate Law Specialist, certified by The State Bar of California of Legal Specialization
California State Bar Association, Member, Real Property Section
California State Bar Association, Member, Labor and Employment Section
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member, Real Property Section
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member, Labor & Employment Section

Media

Published Works:

Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority Wins Key Decision (PDF)
September 2015

Housing Boon, Daily Journal, October 18, 2007

Tensions Between Class Actions And The Liberal Standing Requirements For Private Attorney General Actions Brought Under California's Unfair Competition Law, Business and Professions Code Section 17200 (Co-Author), Unfair Competition Claims, Practising Law Institute, 2004

The Road(blocks) to El Dorado, WMA Reporter, June 2002

Shared Responsibility, Los Angeles Daily Journal, December 13, 2000

Good Deed Punished, Cal. Law Business, January 31, 2000


Honors and Awards

Super Lawyer in Appellate, Business Litigation, Real Estate: Business, Southern California Super Lawyers; selected by Law & Politics Media, Inc.; www.SuperLawyers.com (2016-2017)

Advocate of the Year; honored by Public Counsel for pro bono contributions to the Children's Rights Project (2006)

Southern California Rising Star in Business Litigation in both (2004-2006) by Law & Politics Media, Inc.

Education

J.D. (1993), Boston University School of Law
American College of Trial Lawyers National Moot Court Competition
National Final Rounds Certificate of Merit and Regional Medal for Excellence in Advocacy
Boston University Albers Honors Moot Court Board. B.A. (1990)
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Dean’s List.

 
 
           
   
 

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