Attorney Profile

Stephanie DeHerrera


Stephanie DeHerrera is a licensed California land use attorney who advises on all aspects of the local land use entitlement process in California, including due diligence and land use entitlements and permitting, with a focus on compliance with California housing laws and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Based in Los Angeles with experience in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. DeHerrera is uniquely qualified to represent real estate developers that span the state but also fully understands the local nuances that land use issues present. Ms. DeHerrera is described by her colleagues as a detail-oriented, “people person,” which are qualities that make her an effective advocate for her clients.

While in law school, Ms. DeHerrera served as an intern for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office in its Government Division. She was a board member of the Hastings Advocacy Committee, an on-campus group that advocates the school’s interest to the California legislature. Stephanie also earned a certificate of specialization in environmental law. Before law school, Stephanie was a political consultant developing resources and executing local field strategies for various local and statewide political campaigns.

Representative Matters

  • Affordable and permanent supportive housing projects across Los Angeles
  • High-profile, mixed-use projects in Downtown Los Angeles and on the San Francisco Bay Waterfront
  • Urban multifamily and mixed-use developments throughout the state, including in Los Angeles (city and county), West Hollywood,
  • Beverly Hills, Torrance, San Francisco, Oakland, and Emeryville
  • Senior residential care facilities in San Mateo County and Sunnyvale
  • Large-scale hotel projects in Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • New master planned communities in Los Angeles County
  • Expansion of Silicon Valley tech/research and development headquarters
  • Industrial and manufacturing projects in Los Angeles, San Diego, Palmdale, Hayward and Menlo Park
  • Upscale “glamping” facilities in the Yosemite National Park area

Civic and Community Involvement

  • California State Bar Association, Environmental Section

Honors and Awards

  • Tony Patino Fellow-Elect, 2016
  • Tony Patino Fellow, 2012-2015
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Excellence for the Future Award, Land Use Regulation, 2014
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Land Use Regulation, 2014

Publications and Media Mentions

  • “In the Name of the Environment: Litigation Abuse Under CEQA,” August 2015
  • University of California Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A.