William J. White

Bill White joined Shute Mihaly & Weinberger in 1995 and rejoined the firm in 1998 after a year as an attorney with Earthjustice. He is a partner with the firm. His practice focuses on large, complex land use, environmental and real estate matters focused on greenfield land conservation and urban infill development.

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Mr. White has extensive experience representing environmental and community groups in large, complex land use and environmental matters. With another partner in the firm, he negotiated the landmark Tejon Ranch settlement agreement, preserving 240,000 acres in one of the largest conservation deals in California history. He was lead attorney for a coalition of major environmental groups opposed to the controversial Foothill-South Toll Road before the California Coastal Commission and in ongoing CEQA litigation (California State Parks Foundation et al., v. Superior Court of San Diego County, 150 Cal.App.4th 826 (4th Dist. 2007)).

Mr. White has negotiated complex real estate agreements, including purchase and sale agreements, land exchange agreements, and commercial leases, including the 2012 agreement on behalf of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority for the sale of the site of the future Transbay Tower, the tallest building in the western U.S., for $192 million, a record price for development land in San Francisco.

Mr. White also specializes in public trust law and advises Bay area cities and agencies in connection with major waterfront development projects, including the Exploratorium, the America’s Cup sailing regatta, and the proposed Golden State Warriors Arena for the Port San Francisco, and proposed mixed-use developments at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard/Candlestick Point, Treasure Island, Pier 70, the former Naval Air Station Alameda, and the former Oakland Army Base.

Mr. White has lectured on the public trust and is co-author of Chapter 65: Takings and Other Constitutional Controls in California Environmental Law and Land Use Practice (Matthew Bender). He graduated magna cum laude from New York University Law School and received his B.A. from the University of Virginia. Mr. White received California Lawyer magazine’s Attorney of the Year (“CLAY”) award in environmental law in 2009, and is recognized as one of Northern California’s “Super Lawyers” by San Francisco Magazine.

Mr. White is a member of the Bars of the State of California and the District of Columbia (inactive).