Jim Abrams represents developers and investors with regard to land use entitlement and real estate transactional issues, with particular 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.

Mr. 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. 


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.