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Benjamin L. Stock

Benjamin L. Stock

Partner - Marin County

415.755.2600 t
415.755.2605 d
510.839.9104 f

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Benjamin Stock is an accomplished litigator in both state and federal courts.  His litigation and transactional practice emphasizes municipal law, eminent domain, land use, and construction law.  Additionally, Ben serves as Town Attorney for both Ross and Tiburon, and General Counsel for Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority, Sanitary District Number 5, Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District, and Vallejo Flood and Wastewater District.

With regard to his eminent domain practice, Ben plays a key role in public clients' property acquisition activities.  He counsels public clients on early considerations and pre-acquisition activities necessary to the condemnation process.  He also litigates condemnation actions, negotiates settlements and, when necessary, takes the matters through trial.  Additionally, Ben drafts transactional documents related to the acquisition of property through eminent domain.  He is currently assisting multiple public entities with their condemnation needs throughout the state.  Ben has spoken at numerous conferences on issues involving eminent domain.

In addition to eminent domain, Ben has extensive experience representing public entities in litigation at both the trial court and appellate court levels.  His areas of specialization include inverse condemnation and land use, CEQA, breach of contract, environmental law, and dangerous conditions public liability.

Ben also assists numerous public entities across the state on complex land use matters and in tax allocation matters before the State Board of Equalization.

Results

  • City of Fillmore v. State Board of Equalization (2011) 194 Cal.App.4th 716.  Ben successfully obtained judicial intervention when the BOE failed to follow its regulations.
  • City of Industry, et al. v. City of Fillmore, et al. (2011) 198 Cal.App.4th 191.  Successfully overturned a demurrer whereby Plaintiffs claim that Defendants fraudulently obtained sales tax money from Plaintiffs.
  • Thompson Pacific Construction v. City of Sunnyvale (2007) 155 Cal.App.4th 525.  Ben assisted the City of Sunnyvale in a complex public contract dispute in both trial and appellate court, resulting in a favorable published decision with statewide significance in the areas of the false claims act and the duty of a public entity to supply accurate specifications for public work project.
  • 108 Holdings v. City of Rohnert Park (2006) 136 Cal.App.4th 106.  Ben successfully defended the City against claims that the City unlawfully amended its general plan.
  • Emeryville Redevelopment Agency v. Harcros Pigments (2002) 101 Cal.App.4th 1083.  Ben represented the Redevelopment Agency on an appeal after a complex jury trial that resulted in a published Appellate opinion, which allowed the Agency to acquire the property at a fair price. 

Presentations

  • Interpreting and Valuing Easements Under Eminent Domain, CLE International’s 20th Annual Northern California Eminent Domain Conference, October 30, 2018
  • Ethics: Considerations for Your Eminent Domain Practice, CLE International’s 18th Annual Northern California Eminent Domain Conference, Bar Association of San Francisco, October 21, 2016
  • Ethical Considerations When Representing the Condemnor, CLE International, San Francisco, October 2014
  • More...

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