About Bruce Tichinin

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Before becoming an attorney, Bruce Tichinin attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he received academic recognition by being awarded Honors at Entrance and by graduating on the Dean’s List, both of which placed him in the top 15% of students. He was on the Boxing Team, was elected President of the “Ridge Project,” the first co-ed living group on the campus, and was inducted as a senior into the invitation-only Order of the Golden Bear, a campus leadership society. He was accepted to the University of California at Berkeley Law School (known also as Boalt Hall), where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree, and then passed the California Bar Exam.

In 40 years of practice, Mr. Tichinin has established a respected reputation among his attorney peers and in the community as a precedent-setting litigator in the fields of land-use and real property law.

In Wildlife Alive v. Chickering he won the first unanimous California Supreme Court decision enforcing the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.  This is the law that requires Environmental Impact Reports (“EIRS”) for actions that may adversely impact the environment.  The Supreme Court ruled that in fixing hunting seasons, the Department of Fish and Game had to comply with the law.

In Heninger v. Dunn, Mr. Tichinin won a California Court of Appeal decision that required trees wrongly damaged or destroyed to be paid for at the cost to replace them with comparably sized trees, rather than at firewood value.  When the case went to trial again after the appeal, the initial verdict for the client of $0 was increased to $191,000.  The case spawned “tree law” as a field of practice for California attorneys.

In Save El Toro Association v. Days, Mr. Tichinin won another Court of Appeal case that held for the first time that California cities and counties had to comply with the law that required them to adopt General Plans for the orderly and intelligent development of the lands under their jurisdiction, including preservation of open space. The Court reversed a City Council decision permitting development of El Toro, the landmark peak of Morgan Hill, which is now permanently preserved as open space owned by the City, under easements –  drafted by Mr. Tichinin –  that prohibit all development.

Of course, most of Mr. Tichinin’s clients only need the existing law to be applied to the facts of their cases out of court, rather than for new law to be created for them in court.  He excels at this as well.  Whether you are a developer who needs special assistance at City Hall to get your project approved, or a homeowner with a difficult neighbor who refuses to respect your boundary rights, quiet enjoyment or privacy, or you are a would-be or existing business owner who needs a contract or a lease reviewed, drafted or negotiated, or who needs the legal papers to create a general or limited partnership, a limited liability company, or a corporation, Mr. Tichinin has the skill, experience and tenacity to obtain the best result for you.