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Rob Taboada is a California land use and environmental attorney who counsels public and private clients on all aspects of land use regulation including due diligence, entitlements and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as defending project approvals in court. Rob regularly advises investors, developers, and government entities on land use restrictions and agreements, as well as the entitlement and permitting process and creating a defensible CEQA review and administrative record. Rob has experience negotiating, drafting, and interpreting a wide range of transactional land use agreements, including development agreements, easement agreements, affordable housing, regulatory, and maintenance agreements, as well as providing land use assistance on purchase and sale agreements, leases, and other real estate agreements.

Before practicing law, Rob spent 12 years as a general building contractor and custom cabinetmaker. He has extensive experience with green building practices and is a Certified Green Building Professional. Rob’s years working with property owners and developers in the construction of residential and commercial projects in the Bay Area and Southern California provided him with insight into the practical and business sides of development; that experience is invaluable in developing solutions that are both legally sound and also consistent with the strategic needs of the project.

Prior to joining Monchamp Meldrum LLP as Counsel, Rob was an associate with Holland & Knight and Briscoe Ivester & Bazel. He has also worked for the California Attorney General in the Natural Resources Section, and for judges on both the U.S. District Court for Northern District of California and the Marin County Superior Court. In addition to his professional practice, Rob has served as an editor for the California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter and is currently an adjunct professor at U.C. Hastings College of the Law where he teaches Land Use Regulation.

Honors and Awards

  • Thurston Society
  • Albert G. Evans Scholarship for Legal Writing on Private Enterprise
  • Judge Robert H. Shnacke Scholarship
  • Executive Symposium Editor, Hastings Law Journal
  • Witkin Awards for Excellence (top of class) in
    • Land Use Regulation
    • State and Local Government

Licenses and Memberships

  • General Building Contractor, California, #B955318 (inactive)
  • Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP)
  • California Bar Association – Environmental Law Section, Real Property Law Section
  • Urban Land Institute San Francisco


  • University of California Hastings College of the Law, J.D. Magna Cum Laude, Environmental Law Concentration
  • California College of the Arts, M.F.A., Wood/Furniture
  • Middlebury College, B.A., English Literature and Studio Art

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • All State Courts in California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California


  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues New Guidance on Trigger for Incidental Take Permit Under Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act, __ Cal. Land Use L. & Pol’y Rep. ___ (2018)
  • Early Returns on State Housing Bills: Cities See the First SB 35 Applications and SB 827 Fails in Committee, 27 Cal. Land Use L. & Pol’y Rep. 251 (2018)
  • California Court of Appeal Rejects CEQA Challenge to Proposed Planned Parenthood Clinic, Lexology, Sep. 2017
  • Interlocutory Remand Can Be Used to Supplement Agency Findings Prior to Judgment, JD Supra, Sep. 2017
  • California Court of Appeal Strikes Down CARB’s Second Review of Low Carbon Fuel Standards, 17 Pratt’s Energy L. Rep. 220 (2017) (Co-author)
  • California Proposes Changes to CEQA Guidelines Incorporating Tribal Cultural Resources, Holland & Knight Alert, Dec. 2015 (Co-author)
  • How Buildings Will Save the World: An Analysis of the Use of Building Energy Regulation and Energy Use Disclosure Requirements to Target Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States, 66 Hastings L.J. 519 (2015)
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