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Karen W. Murphy

Karen W. Murphy

Partner - Oakland

510.273.8780 t
510.273.8757 d
510.839.9104 f

email kmurphy@bwslaw.com
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Karen Murphy represents a broad range of local government agencies with an emphasis on land use and planning, real estate, affordable housing and issues relating to the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.  Karen served as the Assistant City Attorney of the City of Brentwood from 2006 to 2011, where she was the primary attorney staffing the Community Development Department and former Redevelopment Agency.  From 1999 to 2006, Karen was an associate with the law firm of McDonough Holland & Allen, PC, where she represented a number of public agencies, including serving as Assistant General Counsel for the Livermore-Amador Valley Water Management Agency and Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Moraga and Special Counsel to the Cities and Redevelopment Agencies of Brentwood, San Bruno, Davis and Alameda.

Land Use and Planning

Karen works extensively on land use and planning matters, including advising public agencies on issues related to CEQA compliance, subdivision map act, land use approval procedures and processing of land use applications, for projects ranging from use permits to complex commercial, mixed-use and residential projects.  Karen has negotiated and drafted development agreements and amendments for hotel, residential and mixed-use development projects.

Real Estate/Redevelopment

Karen’s real estate and redevelopment experience includes drafting and negotiating purchases and sale agreements, leases, lease terminations, easements, licenses, development agreements, disposition and development agreements, and owner participation agreements.  She assisted in the formulation, adoption, amendment, and implementation of redevelopment plans and projects, and continues to provide day-to-day advice to clients in the wake of the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.

Affordable Housing

Karen's affordable housing experience encompasses assisting cities and redevelopment agencies in the establishment and implementation of affordable housing programs (both for-sale and rental), first-time homebuyer programs and residential rehabilitation programs, and advising public agencies regarding compliance with state and federal affordable housing requirements.  She negotiates and drafts loan agreements for both rental and for-sale affordable housing projects.

Public Law

Karen advises public agencies in general municipal law issues, such as code enforcement, nuisance abatement, contract review, Brown Act, Public Records Act, conflict of interest laws, public contract code, and bidding and claims procedures.