Overview

Paul Gelb is a consummate business attorney, skilled at advising major sports franchises, fashion brands, entertainment production companies and Fortune 500 companies. Paul understands his clients’ business, people and priorities, backing them in all aspects of their business goals and defending them against claims asserted by regulators, adversaries and other counterparties. He is also particularly well-versed in multiyear land use negotiations and disputes over environmental matters and energy development. His goal with every client is to aggressively advance their interests without breaking the bank.

Land Use Litigation

Paul has an established body of work defending renewable power developers, property owners, labor unions and others against claims under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) as well as federal environmental laws. He represents clients in land use litigation and regulatory matters in connection with the:

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA)
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)

His wins run the gamut — from defeating claims challenging the approval of wind farm projects to obtaining appellate reversal on nine separate issues blocking a retail construction project.

Real Estate Transactions

With a forte for executing, interpreting and enforcing agreements, Paul helps clients manage:

  • The purchase and sale of industrial properties
  • Commercial lease negotiations and agreements
  • Zoning disputes
  • Title actions

Big Data, E-Commerce and Technology Counsel

Paul stays tethered to developments on the digital marketing front, helping clients sidestep pitfalls associated with social media, branding, data privacy and false advertising. He also assists clients with drafting and implementing branding and trademark licensing agreements and responding to potential lawsuits.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

California

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Education

Columbia Law School
J.D. (1999)

Columbia University
B.A. cum laude (1996)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) — State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2016-19

Honors

  • Columbia Law School — Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Award Methodology

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