Wellman & Warren represent a variety of clientele in land use cases from local small businesses to individual plaintiffs to even celebrities with name recognition. No matter your status, if you have a viable case, Wellman & Warren will protect your interests to the full extent of the law.
One such opportunity came to Wellman & Warren in 2008 when the City of Rancho Palos Verdes denied Donald Trump, a world-renown real estate business tycoon and reality TV celebrity, his property rights to develop residential land in relation to his purchase of the Ocean Trails Golf Course. This monumental land use case provided Wellman & Warren the unique opportunity to represent a high profile businessman and protect his legal rights in the areas of law including land use, due process, fraud and breach of contract. After four years of continued legal work in the case, Wellman & Warren discreetly negotiated a $100 million settlement with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes on behalf of Mr. Trump. It was a great success for the Trump National Golf Course and Mr. Trump’s legal property rights. However, this wasn’t the first time Wellman & Warren successfully won land use rights against the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.
In Monks v. Rancho Palos Verdes, Wellman & Warren successfully won on appeal, the removal of a decades long moratorium on residential development of the coastal peninsula, enforced as a result of historical landslide activity in the area. Wellman & Warren argued that there was little evidence to demonstrate a risk of property damage or personal injury. Further, the City’s ban was based on pure speculation of future landslides and not a justification to violate the residents’ constitutional rights and depriving the residents of their economic use of their land. As a result of Wellman & Warren’s representation, the residents owning the 16 lots concerned in the case could then develop their land to their benefit and personal use.
The attorneys at Wellman & Warren have a strong reputation and history of success in pivotal land use cases.