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G. Inder Khalsa

Shareholder | San Francisco


Inder Khalsa has been advising on administrative and transactional public law matters with the firm for 12 years, with a particular focus on land use, planning, zoning, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), affordable housing, and real estate matters. She also has expertise in creation and operations of Joint Powers Authorities. Inder counsels local government agencies on all aspects of municipal governance, including the interpretation, application of, and compliance with the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, and other conflict of interest and ethics laws.

Work for Clients

Inder serves as General Counsel to the East Bay Community Energy Authority and Marin Telecommunications Authority. She is Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of Mill Valley and Fairfield. Inder has represented a number of other cities, including Vallejo and East Palo Alto, as special counsel.

Professional Experience

Inder began her career at Richards, Watson & Gershon as a summer associate in 2001. She served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Vallejo from 2012 to 2015, where she represented the city’s Economic Development Department on land use planning, real estate, and environmental law issues, as well as the Housing Authority and the Successor Agency. During the three years Inder worked in Vallejo, she represented the city in complex negotiations with developers, responsible parties, and state and federal agencies.

Professional and Community Affiliations

Member, California State Bar

Member, Bar Association of San Francisco

Member, Marin Bar Association

Member, Solano County Bar Association




Inder advises cities on complex land use transactions and projects. Major notable projects include:

  • Assisted with review and adoption of general plans and specific plans and zoning codes, including form-based codes. Provided advice on land use and environmental impact reports for General Plans and Specific Plans.
  • Negotiated development agreement and advised on land use and CEQA issues for large residential project with significant slope and environmental concerns.
  • Negotiated an amended and restated disposition and development agreement for a complex mixed use/transit oriented project on a complex infill site requiring environmental remediation.
  • Assisted with adoption of a specific plan and reviewed environmental impact report for private development on a county fairgrounds site. Negotiated development agreement and financing agreement.
  • Advised on land use, CEQA, and affordable housing issues for a contentious affordable housing project.
  • Drafted initiative and ballot summary for City-initiated ballot measure to revise urban limit line.


Inder has given numerous presentations and trainings to lawyers, public officials, and agency employees on the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, Conflicts of Interest, AB 1234 Ethics Training, CEQA, Conditions of Approval, and Affordable Housing issues.


B.A. Honors, University of California, Santa Cruz

J.D., Order of the Coif, University of California School of Law, Davis

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