J. Abrams Law is a boutique law firm specialized in land use and real estate. The firm represents several of the most significant real estate developers and investors in the Bay Area.   

Jim Abrams

Founder and Managing Attorney

Jim Abrams has significant expertise in land use planning law, including zoning, planning, the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), municipal law, and historic preservation law. His practice focuses on the negotiation of agreements with local governments, the supervision of the preparation of environmental documentation, the processing of entitlements through public hearings and community meetings and other administrative proceedings, as well as legal issues associated with project development and construction.

Jim Abrams was selected as one of The Recorder's 50 "Fast Track" lawyers for the state of California, as well as having been named one of 2011’s Attorneys of the Year. He was also listed as a "Rising Star" in SuperLawyers for 2013 and 2014. 

Prior to founding J. Abrams Law, Mr. Abrams was Of Counsel at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.  



J.D. Stanford Law School, 2005

Master of City Planning,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002

B.A. Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, University of California Berkeley, 1998

Nick Roosevelt

Associate Attorney

J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, 2015

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, 2008

Prior to joining J. Abrams Law, Mr. Roosevelt was an Associate at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Mr. Roosevelt also served as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.