Attorney Profiles

John Paul Hanna, a Professional Corporation


John Paul Hanna is one of the leading land use lawyers in California, experienced in developing, buying, selling, subdividing, financing, leasing, construction, common interest developments, resort communities, permitting, entitlements, conversions, and dealing with city and county staffs, planning commissions, councils, boards of supervisors and with such state agencies as the Department of Real Estate and the Department of Social Services.

Mr. Hanna has been selected in Best Lawyers, Who's Who in America, San Francisco's Best Lawyers, and Silicon Valley's Best Lawyers. Mr. Hanna has represented clients and obtained entitlements such as tentative and final subdivision maps, condominium plans and public reports for over 1,200 projects (residential, commercial and mixed-use) including more than 35,000 condominium units and over 22,000 planned development lots.

David M. Van Atta, a Professional Corporation


Mr. Van Atta focuses his practice on Real Estate (Property) Law, Land Use and Development Law, Real Estate Finance, and Community Association Law.


Mr. Van Atta has practiced as a real estate attorney for over thirty-nine years.  Mr. Van Atta's legal practice has involved all aspects of real property transactions, with a particular emphasis on real estate development, acquisition and finance.  He has extensive experience with residential developments of all types and scale, community association formation and operations, as well as with resort and hotel projects and office buildings; land use and zoning matters; and real estate lending. Mr. Van Atta has represented several major high technology companies in Silicon Valley and San Francisco in land and building acquisition and leasing transactions. Mr. Van Atta has been an active practitioner in the field of common interest developments and community associations since 1970. He has prepared subdivision documentation for numerous master-planned residential developments and residential and commercial condominium projects and several mixed – use communities in Northern and Southern California. Mr. Van Atta is often called upon to represent developer clients with respect to subdivision and development matters with local government authorities and the State of California Department of Real Estate. He regularly advises community associations as to legal issues as to their operations and management.

William R. Garrett, a Professional Corporation


Mr. Garrett practices in a wide variety of areas of law, including Real Estate Transactions; Project Finance; Commercial Leasing; Workouts and Restructuring; Real Estate Litigation; Business and Commercial Litigation; and Construction Defect Litigation.