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David Snow

Shareholder | Los Angeles


A city attorney who specializes in land use and CEQA, Dave’s over 20 years of legal experience is built upon a decade of experience as a public agency planner.  He is adept at guiding projects through the complex and often politically charged land use entitlement and CEQA process, and aiding public agencies in arriving at decisions that will withstand legal challenge. 

Work for Clients

Dave is Assistant City Attorney for the City of Beverly Hills, and has represented cities and public agencies throughout California on complex land use, planning, and CEQA matters, including the cities of Brea, Compton, East Palo Alto, Fairfield, Hawthorne, Indio, Pasadena, Rancho Palos Verdes, Seaside, Temecula, San Buena Ventura, and Yucaipa.  Dave advises the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority on land use and CEQA matters, and represented the Gold Line Construction Authority.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining RWG in 2001, Dave spent a decade as a public agency planner.  Dave attended Loyola Law School’s evening program while concurrently serving as the Deputy Planning Director in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Professional and Community Affiliations

Member, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

Member, American Planning Association and APA California Chapter

Member, APA California Amicus Committee

Longstanding Member of the APA California Legislative Review Team

APA California Chapter Vice President of Policy and Legislation (2011 – 2014)

APA California Chapter National Policy and Legislation Representative (2009-2010)

APA California Chapter, Los Angeles Section Vice Director of Policy and Legislation (2004-2010)

Frequent lecturer on planning, land use and CEQA issues



  • Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority – Replacement Terminal EIR and Development Agreement
  • City of Yucaipa General Plan Update and EIR
  • Beverly Hilton Specific Plan, City of Beverly Hills
  • 9900 Wilshire Specific Plan / One Beverly Hills Project Amendment, City of Beverly Hills
  • Indio Music Festival Development Agreement EIR, City of Indio
  • Review of Facebook Campus Expansion EIR, City of East Palo Alto
  • Parsons Project, City of Pasadena
  • Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes
  • City of Beverly Hills Historic Preservation Ordinance
  • Opposition to Liberty Quarry Proposal, City of Temecula
  • Marin Clean Energy CEQA Advice on Solar Facility and Power Purchase Agreement
  • Wal-Mart Project, City of Fairfield
  • Assisted City of San Jose with Google Project Development Agreement



  • American Planners Association, Orange County Section, 04.18.2019
  • Event // Administrative Records:  The Foundation of Land Use and CEQA Challenges
    League of California Cities City Attorney’s Department Spring Conference, 05.2017
  • Event // Summary of Significant Legislation from 2016
    Planning Directors Association of Orange County / APA Orange County Section Planning, 03.2017
  • Event // Tribal Cultural Resources and CEQA (Assembly Bill 52)
    United Auburn Indian Community, 02.2017
  • Event // AB52 Tribal Consultation Update
    CLE 12th Annual CEQA Conference, 12.2016
  • Event // Connecting the Dots: Strategies for Making Findings
    APA California State Conference, 10.10.2016
  • Event // Tribes and CEQA: New Rules for Tribal Consultation Under AB52
    LSI, Cabazon, 06.2016
  • Event // Summary of Significant Legislation from 2015
    Planning Directors Association of Orange County / APA Orange County Section Planning, 02.2016
  • Event // AB52 Tribal Consultation Roundtable
    APA California State Conference, 10.2015
  • Event // Tribal Cultural Resources and CEQA (Assembly Bill 52)
    State Bar of California Webinar, 06.2015
  • Event // Summary of Significant Legislation from 2014
    Planning Directors Association of Orange County, 02.2015
  • Event // AB52 Tribal Consultation
    California Land Use Law and Planning Update, 01.2015
  • Event // AB52 New Tribal Consultation Requirements
    CLE 10th Annual CEQA Conference, 12.10.2014


J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

B.S., Clarkson University

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