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Environment and Land Use Team

Attorneys

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Elizabeth G. Pianca

Assistant County Counsel

Elizabeth Pianca oversees the Office’s Environment and Land Use Team and Community Protection Team.

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Lizanne Reynolds

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Lizanne Reynolds is the Lead of the Environment and Land Use Team and advises the Department of Planning and Development and County departments generally on environmental law and land use matters. She is also the Lead for the Office’s work for the Controller-Treasurer and Department of Tax and Collections.

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John A. Castro

Deputy County Counsel

John Castro advises the Facilities and Fleet Department, the Roads Department and Roads Commission, and County Sanitation District No. 2-3. He also advises County departments on matters relating to construction and public works.

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Nicole Collins

Deputy County Counsel

Nicole Collins represents the County in community protection/civil enforcement administrative proceedings and litigation, and advises County departments on environment and land use matters.

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Nick DeFiesta

Deputy County Counsel

Nick DeFiesta advises the Registrar of Voters and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Aaron Forbath

Deputy County Counsel

Aaron Forbath advises the Santa Clara County Central Fire Protection District, South Santa Clara County Fire District, Los Altos Hills County Fire District, and Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Management Corporation. He also advises County departments on affordable housing and land use matters.

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Kimberly Kernan

Deputy County Counsel

Kimberly Kernan advises County departments on real estate matters and land use issues.

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Willie Nguyen

Deputy County Counsel

Willie Nguyen advises the Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency and represents the County in community protection/civil enforcement administrative proceedings and litigation.

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Lesley Pak

Deputy County Counsel

Lesley Pak advises the Facilities and Fleet Department and Assessment Appeals Board, and advises the Office of the County Executive on contracting matters. She also advises County departments on real estate matters.

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Miriam Osner Sondag

Deputy County Counsel

Miriam Sondag advises County departments on real estate matters and land use issues, with a focus on affordable housing.

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Cristina Stella

Deputy County Counsel

Cristina Stella advises the Office of Sustainability, Department of Environmental Health, and Department of Planning and Development.

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Elizabeth Vissers

Deputy County Counsel

Elizabeth Vissers advises the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Planning and Development. She also represents the County in community protection/civil enforcement administrative proceedings and litigation.

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Karen Willis

Deputy County Counsel

Karen Willis advises County departments on real estate matters, with a focus on affordable housing.

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Sonia Wills

Deputy County Counsel

Sonia Willis advises the Department of Environmental Health and represents the County in community protection/civil enforcement administrative proceedings and litigation.

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Jerett Yan

Deputy County Counsel

Jerett Yan advises the Airports Department, Airports Commission, and the Assessment Appeals Board.

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Tamara Zakim

Deputy County Counsel

Tamara Zakim represents the County in community protection/civil enforcement administrative proceedings and litigation and advises County departments on environment and land use matters.

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