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David P. Temblador

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David Temblador is a land use expert with extensive experience counseling clients in complex entitlement acquisition, state and federal environmental permitting and environmental litigation. Although David's practice touches on all aspects of private real estate development, his particular emphasis is on the processing and defense of complex and/or controversial land use matters.

David's legal expertise is framed by a keen understanding and appreciation for governmental affairs and community relations. In addition to providing seasoned legal advice on complex regulatory matters, David also provides counsel to clients in the areas of political strategy and media relations. As a result, David has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of high profile land use projects before elected and appointed bodies in jurisdictions throughout California and his land use expertise has resulted in tens of thousands of acres of residential, retail, commercial, mixed use, industrial and institutional development approvals.

David's practice also extends to environmental litigation, with a particular emphasis on writ litigation under the California Environmental Quality Act. He has successfully defended clients land use entitlements, permits, and vested rights in courts throughout Northern and Southern California.

A long-time resident of Sacramento, David currently serves on the Board of Directors of Region Builders, Inc, as well as the Sacramento Ballet. In addition, prior to moving to Sacramento, David served a two-year term as an elected member of the City of San Diego Redevelopment Agency's Downtown Project Area Committee where he represented citizens in the East Village community of Downtown San Diego.

A member of the California, American and Sacramento County Bar Associations, David received his B.A. in History from California State University, Fullerton, in 1996, where he was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. He received his J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law, in 2000. David is also a recipient of the Wiley W. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services.


Residential – Representation of a wide array of regional and national developers and home builders in all aspects of single family, multi family, and high rise development in both greenfield and infill settings.

Commercial – Representation of private clients in the development of new and redevelopment of existing commercial centers ranging from small, neighborhood serving commercial centers to large suburban power centers.

Office – Extensive experience representing private clients in the acquisition and development of small and large scale office projects including large scale suburban campus developments and downtown, Class-A high rises.

Mixed Use – Extensive experience assisting clients in the entitlement of complex urban mixed use projects, including mixed use condominium and retail developments.

Industrial – Extensive state-wide experience representing national and international companies in the entitlement, expansion and protection of permit rights for the aggregate resource and solid waste industries.

Institutional – Representation of private clients in the development of build to suit public health facilities and the expansion of private mental health and senior assisted/residential care facilities.

Energy – Representation of clients in the entitlement and environmental defense of utility scale solar power projects in the central valley, as well as distributed generation projects in the high desert communities of Southern California.

Communication – Representation of a broadcast radio corporation with entitlement of a controversial radio broadcast tower.

Master Planned Communities – Extensive experience representing a wide array of regional and national developers in the acquisition, development, and environmental permitting of master planned communities throughout Northern California.

Professional and Civic Activities
  • 2014 – Present Sacramento Ballet – Board of Directors
  • 2013 – Present Region Builders, Inc. – Board of Directors
  • 2013 – Present Region Builders PAC – Board of Directors
  • 2001 – Present Sacramento Metro Chamber, Capitol to Capital – Land Use and Natural Resource Team
  • 2011 – 2012 Sacramento Metro Chamber, State Legislative Summit – Co-Chair Land Use and Natural Resource Team
  • 2008 – 2009 Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Transition Team – Policy Team Lead
  • 2004 – 2006 Natomas Community Foundation – Board of Directors
  • 1999 – 2001 Centre City Development Corporation, Downtown Project Area Committee – Elected Representative
  • Sacramento County Bar Association – Environmental Law Section
  • California Bar Association – Real Property and Environmental Law Section
  • Urban Land Institute – Sacramento Chapter
  • North State Building Industry Association
  • Association of General Contractors
  • California Construction Materials Industry Association
  • Western State Petroleum Association
  • Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce
Seminars, Presentations and Other Engagements
  • Historic Preservation & Native American Cultural Resources (Sacramento, CA, October 2014; San Diego, CA, October 2014)