LAND USE AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
Mr. Kevlin’s work is primarily focused on entitlement and permitting of development projects in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and the greater Bay Area. He has represented a number of property owners, businesses, developers and non-profits at the Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, Historic Preservation Commission and Board of Appeals in San Francisco. Mr. Kevlin has processed environmental review and entitlements for major residential and commercial developments in downtown and in plan areas such as Eastern Neighborhoods and Market & Octavia. He has also successfully defended a number of projects that have been subject to discretionary review, building permit appeals, and the city enforcement process.
- B.S., 2002 Ithaca College (computer science; cum laude)
- J.D., 2008 George Washington University (cum laude; Thurgood Marshall Scholar; student director of the Small Business Clinic)
- Extern, Honorable Judge James S. Starzynski, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Mexico
EXPERIENCE/ NOTABLE PROJECTS
Mr. Kevlin has significant experience working with planning and economic development officials in Oakland and Berkeley. His experience in Oakland includes projects in Uptown (including the Sears building), Old Oakland, West Oakland and in the outer neighborhoods.
Mr. Kevlin has spent considerable time in tracking, reporting on, and influencing recent major rezones of the Eastern Neighborhoods and West SoMa areas of the city. He is currently active in the Central SoMa Plan process.
During law school, John was active in the ABA’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, organizing panel discussions at law schools throughout the country. He also wrote for the school’s newspaper, Nota Bene. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Kevlin worked in Maine on political campaigns and at the State Legislature.
- Member, State Bar of California
- Member, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research
- Statewide Ballot Initiative May Rewrite Rent Control Rules, Reuben, Junius & Rose, Update November 2, 2017
- Reuben, Junius & Rose LLP Weekly Newsletter Editor 2015 to 2017
- Supervisors Kim and Peskin Introduce BMR Grandfathering Legislation, Reuben, Junius & Rose, Update March 18, 2016
- Oakland Development Impact Fee Details Released, Reuben, Junius & Rose, Update January 8, 2016
- San Francisco’s Affordable Housing Increase Could be on the June Ballot; Child Care Fee Expanded, Reuben, Junius & Rose, Update December 18, 2015
- Transportation Sustainability Fee Modified at Land Use Committee, Reuben, Junius & Rose, October 13, 2015
- New Details on Transportation Sustainability Fee Released, Reuben, Junius & Rose, Update August 5, 2015
- Breaking: Central SoMA Plan Could Generate $2B in Public Benefits, Reuben, Junius & Rose, Update June 25, 2015
- Planning Department Issues New Policy Papers for Central Soma: The Sausage-Making Begins…, Reuben, Junius & Rose, Update November 25, 2014