Gaines & Stacey LLP

Gaines & Stacey LLP

Gaines & Stacey LLP with offices in Los Angeles (Encino) and Newport Beach focuses its practice on real estate related matters, specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation, and political advocacy.

Firm Overview

Gaines & Stacey LLP attorneys have represented clients in political and judicial jurisdictions throughout California.

Gaines & Stacey LLP attorneys have been recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as Super Lawyers and Rising Star Lawyers, and by the San Fernando Business Journal as Top 25 Attorneys, Most Trusted Advisors, and for Outstanding Public and Community Service. Attorneys of the firm have handled more matters before the California Coastal Commission than any other private counsel in California history.

Gaines & Stacey LLP has received an AV Preeminent rating, the highest rating given for legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell.
Main Office
Main Office
16633 Ventura Blvd., Ste.1220
Encino  CA  91436
Phone
  • 361-993-5096
Websites
Real Estate
The law office of Gaines & Stacey LLP will represent your real estate legal matters.
The law office of Gaines & Stacey LLP will represent your real estate legal matters.

Fred Gaines

Fred Gaines is the Founding and Managing Partner of Gaines & Stacey LLP, a San Fernando Valley based law firm which specializes in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy. The firm, which has offices in Encino and Newport Beach, California, provides counsel and services to property owners, real estate developers, governmental agencies, community groups and individuals related to real estate and general business issues.

Mr. Gaines concentrates his practice in a variety of areas, including administrative approvals, environmental review of development projects, and litigation involving development projects, property transactions, boundary disputes, and other real estate related matters. Mr. Gaines has handled numerous matters before the California Coastal Commission and has acted as lead counsel for plaintiffs in the landmark cases Landgate v. California Coastal Commission and Lechuza Villas West v. State of California.

Mr. Gaines is a Past President of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association and a Past Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is a Member of the California Building Industry Association Select Committee on Industry Litigation, a Board Member of the Valley Economic Alliance, Past President of the Executives of the Los Angeles Jewish Home and the Past Chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association ("VICA").

In 2011, Mr. Gaines was elected to a four year term on the Calabasas City Council. He served as Mayor in 2013-14.

Mr. Gaines was born in Los Angeles, California. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles. He received a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He then received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Mr. Gaines has received numerous professional and community awards including being named one of the "Top 25 Lawyers of the San Fernando Valley" (2002), "Best Community Executive Leader" (2004), and one of the "Valley's Most Trusted Advisors" (2011) by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. He is also a recipient of VICA's Harmon Ballin Community Service Award (2005) and of the Los Angeles Jewish Home's Tom Bane Humanitarian Award (2009).

Mr. Gaines resides in Calabasas, California with his wife Jill. They have three adult children, Danielle, Stephanie and Allison.

Legal Employment:
-1997 Present
-Gaines & Stacey LLP
-Encino, California
-Founding and Managing Partner of firm specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy.

-1989 1997
-Reznik & Reznik, A Law Corporation
-Sherman Oaks, California
-Partner and Chair of the firm's Land Use Department.

-1986 1989
-Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Phillips
-Los Angeles, California
-Member of the Litigation and Administrative Law Departments.

-1985
-Extern Clerk for The Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel
-United States District Judge
-San Francisco, California
Education
  • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
    Juris Doctorate , 1986

Sherman L. Stacey

Sherman L. Stacey is Founding Partner of Gaines & Stacey LLP Newport Office. The firm, which has offices in both Newport Beach and Encino, California, provides counsel and services to property owners, real estate developers, governmental agencies, community groups and individuals related to real estate and general business issues.

Mr. Stacey concentrates his practice on the governmental regulation of land use. Mr. Stacey has Conducted more than 1,500 hearings before the California Coastal Commission and has appeared before dozens of State and local administrative agencies regarding the adoption of land use plans and permits. In, addition, Mr. Stacey has often acted as transactional counsel on purchases, sales and financing of real property development and ownership.

Mr. Stacey was raised Riverside, California. He obtained his B.A. degree from University of Southern California, where he studied International Relations. Mr. Stacey received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1974. Prior to his partnership at Gaines & Stacey LLP, Mr. Stacey was a sole practitioner in Santa Monica, California.

Mr. Stacey is a member in good standing of the State Bar of California and Utah State Bar. Mr. Stacey is admitted to practice before various Federal Courts including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Mr. Stacey resides on Balboa Island in The Newport Harbor with his wife Nanci. He is an avid sailor and member of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.

Legal Employment:
-1997 Present
-Gaines & Stacey LLP
-Newport Beach, California
-Founding Partner of firm specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy.

-1975 1997
-Law Offices of Sherman L. Stacey
-Santa Monica, California
-Practice focused on the governmental regulation of land use. Conducted more than 1,500 hearings before the California Coastal Commission. Appeared before numerous State and local administrative agencies regarding the adoption of land use plans and permits.
Education
  • UCLA School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1974

Lisa A. Weinberg

Lisa A. Weinberg is a Partner of Gaines & Stacey LLP, a San Fernando Valley based law firm which specializes in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy. She is the Chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group. The firm, which has offices in Encino and Newport Beach, California, provides counsel and services to property owners, real estate developers, governmental agencies, community groups and individuals related to real estate and general business issues.

Ms. Weinberg handles all aspects of general civil litigation, including contract, real estate and land use disputes. She advises clients in pre-litigation matters, and represents them in alternative dispute resolution when mediation or arbitration are the best courses of action. She has taken dozens of cases to trial, and has extensive experience in state and federal courts of appeal.

Ms. Weinberg is a veteran of real estate and land use litigation. She regularly handles entitlement, environmental, title and boundary disputes for homeowners and developers. She represents property owners, tenants, landlords, buyers, sellers and real estate brokers and agents in disputes concerning leases, purchase and sale agreements, and commissions. Property owners often call on Ms. Weinberg to ensure that their projects are in full compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") as they go through the discretionary approval process with governmental agencies throughout Southern California. As part of her practice, Ms. Weinberg has represented developers, property owners and real estate professionals such as Newhall Land and Farming Company, Sheldon Adelson, Sidney Sheinberg, Realty Executives, Chatsworth Hills Academy, Eberhard Roofing Company, LaSalle Hotel Properties, Serra Canyon Property Owners, and Tel-Us Call Center.

A California native, Ms. Weinberg was raised in the San Fernando Valley. She obtained her B.A. degree from Brown University, where she studied British and American Literature. During her college years, she also studied art, drama and architecture in London. Ms. Weinberg received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1987. Prior to her partnership at Gaines & Stacey LLP, Ms. Weinberg was an attorney with the law firm of Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP.

Ms. Weinberg is a member in good standing of the State Bar of California, and is admitted to practice before various Federal Courts including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Ms. Weinberg resides in Tarzana, California with her husband Greg, and their three sons, Joey, Max and Sam.

Legal Employment:
-1997 Present
-Gaines & Stacey LLP
-Encino, California
-Partner of firm specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy. Chair of the Litigation Practice Group.

-1987 1997
-Cox, Castle & Nicholson, LLP
-Los Angeles, California
-Senior Associate specializing in general business litigation, real estate litigation, land use law and appellate practice.
Education
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1987

Rebecca A. Thompson

Rebecca Thompson Partner and Chair of the Real Estate and Environmental Law Department of Gaines & Stacey LLP, a San Fernando Valley based law firm which specializes in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy. The firm, which has offices in Encino and Newport Beach, California, provides counsel and services to developers, governmental agencies, community groups and individuals related to real estate and general business issues.

Ms. Thompson is a environmental law and real estate specialist, and has handled hundreds of matters during her distinguished legal and environmental advocacy career. She concentrates her practice in a variety of areas, including Federal and State environmental compliance issues, real property purchase and sale transactions, leasing, and other real estate related matters.

Mrs. Thompson handles a variety of projects, including: development projects involving soil and groundwater contamination; the negotiation of real property purchase and sale agreements; the negotiation of leasing agreements and advice on landlord and tenant obligations; litigation matters involving easements and property boundary disputes; litigation groundwater remediation cases including CERCLA, RCRA and common law claims; and environmental due diligence.

Ms. Thompson is admitted to practice before the California State Bar, and various Federal Courts including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts. Ms. Thompson has been on the Board of Directors for the Valley Community Clinic, and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section. Ms. Thompson has written on various real estate and environmental issues, including "Come Clean Owner Must Notify Appropriate Parties of Contamination," "Fund Raising Legislative Relief for Underground Storage Tank Cleanup," and several other publications.

A native of Southern California, Ms. Thompson obtained her bachelor of arts degree in Economics from University of Southern California. She also studied Economics in Cambridge England. She then received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law. Prior to her partnership at Gaines & Stacey, LLP, Ms. Thompson was an associate with the law firm of Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory.

Legal Employment:
-2000 Present
-Gaines & Stacey LLP
-Encino, California
-Partner of firm specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy.

-1997 2000
-Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory
-Los Angeles, California
-Senior Associate specializing in environmental and real estate matters, including environmental compliance, brownfield developments, environmental due diligence and real estate and corporate transactions.

-1995 1997
-Reznik & Reznik, A Law Corporation
-Sherman Oaks, California
-Associate in the firm's Environmental Law and Real Estate Transactions Departments.

-1993 1995
-McClintock, Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava & MacCuish
-Los Angeles, California
-Associate specializing in environmental and commercial litigation.

Professional Employment:
-1993 1995
-U.S. Department of Energy
-Washington, D.C.
-Manager, Congressional Hearings Office

-1984 1987
-GTE California
-Thousand Oaks, California
-Government Affairs Representative

-1982 1984
-Getty Oil Company
-Los Angeles, California
-Research Analyst

Rebecca A. Thompson

Rebecca Thompson Partner and Chair of the Real Estate and Environmental Law Department of Gaines & Stacey LLP, a San Fernando Valley based law firm which specializes in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy. The firm, which has offices in Encino and Newport Beach, California, provides counsel and services to developers, governmental agencies, community groups and individuals related to real estate and general business issues.

Ms. Thompson is a environmental law and real estate specialist, and has handled hundreds of matters during her distinguished legal and environmental advocacy career. She concentrates her practice in a variety of areas, including Federal and State environmental compliance issues, real property purchase and sale transactions, leasing, and other real estate related matters.

Mrs. Thompson handles a variety of projects, including: development projects involving soil and groundwater contamination; the negotiation of real property purchase and sale agreements; the negotiation of leasing agreements and advice on landlord and tenant obligations; litigation matters involving easements and property boundary disputes; litigation groundwater remediation cases including CERCLA, RCRA and common law claims; and environmental due diligence.

Ms. Thompson is admitted to practice before the California State Bar, and various Federal Courts including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts. Ms. Thompson has been on the Board of Directors for the Valley Community Clinic, and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section. Ms. Thompson has written on various real estate and environmental issues, including "Come Clean Owner Must Notify Appropriate Parties of Contamination," "Fund Raising Legislative Relief for Underground Storage Tank Cleanup," and several other publications.

A native of Southern California, Ms. Thompson obtained her bachelor of arts degree in Economics from University of Southern California. She also studied Economics in Cambridge England. She then received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law. Prior to her partnership at Gaines & Stacey, LLP, Ms. Thompson was an associate with the law firm of Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory.

Legal Employment:
-2000 Present
-Gaines & Stacey LLP
-Encino, California
-Partner of firm specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy.

-1997 2000
-Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory
-Los Angeles, California
-Senior Associate specializing in environmental and real estate matters, including environmental compliance, brownfield developments, environmental due diligence and real estate and corporate transactions.

-1995 1997
-Reznik & Reznik, A Law Corporation
-Sherman Oaks, California
-Associate in the firm's Environmental Law and Real Estate Transactions Departments.

-1993 1995
-McClintock, Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava & MacCuish
-Los Angeles, California
-Associate specializing in environmental and commercial litigation.

Professional Employment:
-1993 1995
-U.S. Department of Energy
-Washington, D.C.
-Manager, Congressional Hearings Office

-1984 1987
-GTE California
-Thousand Oaks, California
-Government Affairs Representative

-1982 1984
-Getty Oil Company
-Los Angeles, California
-Research Analyst

Nanci Sessions-Stacey

Nanci Sessions-Stacey is an Associate in the Newport Beach office of Gaines & Stacey LLP, specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy. The firm provides counsel to property owners, real estate developers, government agencies, community groups and individuals related to real estate and general business issues.

Ms. Sessions-Stacey practices in a number of land use related areas, including litigation involving real property disputes. She also specializes in matters involving the California Coastal Commission.

Ms. Sessions-Stacey is a member of both the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Utah.

Ms. Sessions- Stacey was born in San Bernardino, California, but has spent considerable time living and working in Utah, Colorado and New York. She has been a nationally ranked Masters Rower, having completed in regattas throughout the United States. She is an active member of the Newport Aquatic Center.

Ms. Sessions-Stacey lives on Balboa Island with her husband Sherman.

Legal Employment:
-2000 Present
-Gaines & Stacey LLP
-Newport Beach, California
-Associate specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy.

-1998 2000
-Stacey & Stacey
-Park City, Utah
-Attorney specializing in contract and real estate law. Of Counsel to the Law Firm of Black, Stithe & Argyle. Pro Bono Guardian Ad Litem Third District Court.

Professional Employment:
-1992 1994
-New York City School Construction Authority
-Long Island City, New York
-Director, Employment Division.

-1982 1991
-Colorado Outward Bound School
-Denver, Colorado
-Program Consultant/Course Leader.

-1979 1991
-Robber Roost Ranch
-Hanksville, Utah
-Owner-Operator of 205,000 acre cattle ranch.

-1977 1991
-Outlaw Trails, Inc.
-Hanksville, Utah
-Chief Operating Officer.
Education
  • UCLA School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2001

Kimberly A. Rible

Kimberly Rible is an Associate at Gaines & Stacey LLP, a San Fernando Valley based law firm which specializes in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy. The firm, which has offices in Encino and Newport Beach, California, provides counsel and services to property owners, real estate developers, governmental agencies, community groups and individuals related to real estate and general business issues.

Ms. Rible's practice involves a variety of land use, planning and zoning, and environmental matters. She has extensive experience with administrative approvals and land use entitlements, assisting clients in a variety of projects from the initial planning stages to project approval. The California Coastal Act and California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") are an integral part of Ms. Rible's practice and she regularly assists clients with environmental review of projects in the entitlement process and in writ litigation involving the Coastal Act and CEQA. She is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before all California State Courts and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Ms. Rible is an active member of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association's ("VICA") Land Use Committee, the Los Angeles County and San Diego County Bar Associations, and the Urban Land Institute. She also previously sat on the Board of Directors for the Valley Leadership Institute, a group committed to identifying, educating, and preparing future leaders of the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles region.

Ms. Rible is a four time recipient of the Super Lawyers Southern California "Rising Star" Award and is a Green Building Certification Institute credentialed LEED Green Associate.

A California native, Ms. Rible was born in Los Angeles and raised in San Diego's North County. She obtained her bachelor of arts degree in English literature, with a minor in fine arts, from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. During college, she also studied art history and theater in London, England. After graduation, Ms. Rible obtained her paralegal certificate and worked in that capacity in the litigation department of Baker & McKenzie's San Diego office and then in the legal department at the Telluride, Colorado ski resort. She went on to receive her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law where she received honors for her participation in the Land Use Clinic.

Ms. Rible resides in coastal San Diego with her husband, Gary, and their two children, August and Emerson.

Legal Employment:
-2001 Present
-Gaines & Stacey LLP
-Encino, California
-Associate specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, and related litigation.

-2000
-Sullivan, Wertz, McDade & Wallace
-San Diego, California
-Law Clerk specializing in land use matters.

-2000
-City Attorney's Office
-San Diego, California
-Code Enforcement Unit Intern researching extensive code and case law regarding permitting issues, code enforcement issues, conditional use permits, and preexisting use rights.

-1999
-Baker & McKenzie
-San Diego, California
-Law Clerk specializing in corporate law.

-1995-1998
-Telluride Ski & Golf Company
-Telluride, Colorado
-Paralegal specializing in corporate, environmental, real estate, and litigation matters.

-1994-1995
-Law Offices of Herbert S. Klein
-Telluride, Colorado
-Paralegal specializing in civil litigation, real estate, and corporate matters.

-1991-1993
-Baker & McKenzie
-San Diego, California
-Paralegal specializing in complex civil litigation.
Education
  • University of San Diego School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2001

Alicia B. Bartley

Alicia Bartley is an Associate at Gaines & Stacey LLP, a San Fernando Valley based law firm which specializes in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy. The firm provides counsel and services to property owners, real estate developers, governmental agencies, community groups and individuals related to real estate and general business issues.

Ms. Bartley practices in a variety of areas, including litigation involving property transactions, boundary disputes, and project development, as well as land use entitlements, real property purchase and sale transactions, and other real estate related matters. She is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Ms. Bartley is active in the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, and is a past Co-Chair of its Real Estate Law Section. She also serves on the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Board and on its Land Use Committee.

Ms. Bartley has been awarded with the San Fernando Valley Business Journal's "40 Under 40" honor, and she is a Super Lawyers Southern California "Rising Star".

Ms. Bartley was born in Littleton, Colorado, and was raised in Southern California. She obtained her bachelor of arts degree in Law and Society, with an emphasis in Criminal Justice, from University of California, Santa Barbara. She then received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California School of Law. Prior to becoming an associate at Gaines & Stacey LLP, Ms. Bartley was a law clerk at the real estate investment firm Hertz Investment Group.

Ms. Bartley resides in Sherman Oaks, California.

Legal Employment:
-2003 Present
-Gaines & Stacey LLP
-Encino, California
-Associate specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, and related litigation.

-2002 2003
-The Hertz Investment Group
-Los Angeles, California
-Law Clerk specializing in real estate matters.

-2001
-Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
-Los Angeles, California
-Law Clerk in Hardcore Gang Division.

-1999 2000
-Cox, Castle & Nicholson, LLP
-Los Angeles, California
-Project Assistant.
Education
  • University of Southern California Law Center
    Juris Doctorate , 2003
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