Melinda Sarjapur

Associate

LAND USE, ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRANSACTIONAL LAW

Ms. Sarjapur has represented clients before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission, Zoning Administrator, Recreation and Park Commission, and Building Inspection Commission.  She counsels clients on all facets of land use, zoning and environmental law, and has significant experience navigating the entitlement and permitting process in San Francisco.  Her projects range from large residential, office, hotel, retail and mixed-use buildings to advising and representing homeowners and developers in small building additions.  Ms. Sarjapur also has significant experience with establishment of formula retail uses throughout the City.

EDUCATION

  • B.A., 2001, University of Arizona
  • M.L.I.S, 2004, University of Rhode Island, Kingston
  • JD, Highest Honors, 2012, Golden Gate University
  • Extern, the Honorable Justice Patricia K. Sepulveda, California Court of Appeal, First District

EXPERIENCE/NOTABLE PROJECTS

Recent projects include:

  • a number of residential, office, and hotel developments in the proposed Central SoMa Plan area
  • Transbay development at Block 1 (Tishman Speyer)
  • Block 6 (Golub Real Estate), and Block 5 (Golub, John Buck Company)
  • A 110-unit mixed-use residential project in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood
  • A 39-story, 393 unit residential development with 9,332 square feet of ground-floor retail on Transbay Block 1
  • A 43-story, 730,000 square foot office tower with 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail on Transbay Block 5
  • A 160-unit, 198,151 square foot mixed-use development project in the South of Market neighborhood
  • Land use diligence and consultation for a range of proposed office, commercial, hotel, and residential development within San Francisco’s proposed Central SoMa Plan area
  • Formula retail entitlements for national chains occupying new construction and existing facilities throughout the City.

OTHER EXPERIENCE

During law school, Ms. Sarjapur was an associate editor in the Golden Gate University Law Review and author of the comment concerning exculpatory clauses in construction contracts: “Bargaining in the Dark: Why the California Legislature Should Render All ‘No Damage for Delay’ Clauses Void As Against Public Policy,” 4 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 2, 283-320 (2012).  She was also an active participant in her school’s Moot Court Board, and Honors Lawyering Program.  Upon graduating summa cum laude in 2012, Ms. Sarjapur obtained a certificate of specialization in real estate law and was selected as the recipient of the 2012 Faculty Award for Academic Excellence in Real Estate Law and 2012 Scribes American Society of Legal Writing Award.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, Jesse W. Carter Honor Society Scribes American Society of Legal Writing

PUBLICATIONS