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 2011’s Attorneys of the Year for his work on the Parkmerced and Treasure Island projects in San Francisco. He was listed as a "Rising Star" in SuperLawyers for 2013 and 2014 and a SuperLawyer in 2019. He was selected as one of The Recorder's 50 "Fast Track" lawyers for the state of California.  

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

 

Education 

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

Stephanie Straks

Senior Counsel

Stephanie Straka advises developers, capital partners, tenants, and lenders on land use entitlements, strategy, and risk related to local government and resource agency approvals for residential, retail, office, industrial, energy, and R&D projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. With expertise in Planning and Zoning Law, the California Environmental Quality Act, Subdivision Map Act, and municipal law, Stephanie's experience also includes negotiating various agreements with local governments, supervision of environmental documentation preparation, conducting land use due diligence for real estate transactions, and assisting in the defense of CEQA determinations and entitlements in trial and appellate court proceedings.

Stephanie was listed as a SuperLawyers "Rising Star" for 2018 and 2019. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and NAIOP, and also was an update co-author for the CEB California Land Use Practice treatise, 2017-2019.

Education
J.D. University of California, Hastings, 2011

B.A. University of California Berkeley, 2008

Nick Roosevelt

Associate Attorney

Nick Roosevelt is an associate at J. Abrams Law, P.C.. His practice focuses on obtaining land use entitlements for major real estate development projects in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California. He also has significant experience advising institutional investors and lenders on development-related matters and has also represented property owners in complex land use enforcement matters. Prior to joining J. Abrams Law, P.C., Mr. Roosevelt worked as an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in its San Francisco Real Estate Department. He also served as a law clerk to The Honorable Helen Ginger Berrigan in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Before attending law school, Mr. Roosevelt worked for the City of New Orleans as a Disaster Community Development Block Grant Project Manager. Mr. Roosevelt regularly draws on his non-legal planning and development project management experience when working with clients navigating complex entitlement processes.

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

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

Seth Pritchard

Associate Attorney

Seth Pritchard is an associate at J. Abrams Law, P.C.. His practice encompasses a wide variety of land use/development matters, including zoning, planning, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and public private partnerships. He focuses on the processing of entitlements, supervising the preparation of environmental documentation, and negotiating transactional documents associated with land use, project development, and construction, including agreements between private and public entities.  He has experience advising developers, investors and institutional lenders on a variety of asset classes including office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, historic properties, residential condominiums, large multi-family and mixed-use projects, and other commercial and residential developments. Prior to joining J. Abrams Law, P.C., Mr. Pritchard worked as a real estate associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in San Francisco.

J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2016 

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2007