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Eminent Domain
Ms. O’Laughlin’s clients are primarily property and business owners and some condemning public agencies such as the City of San Jose, the County of San Diego and Redevelopment Agency for the City of Milpitas. She is an experienced trial and appellate attorney. She served as co-chair of the Condemnation subcommittee of the Real Property of the State Bar of California and is a member of the Condemnation Attorneys Group. She contributed research and writing to CEB’s Condemnation Practice in California.
Land Use Law
For two years, Peggy M. O’Laughlin served as the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Cupertino and its Planning Commission. She chaired the Environmental Law Executive Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. As a land use attorney, Ms. O’Laughlin has represented residential and commercial developers, major corporations and property owners and users through the land use entitlement process, including environmental compliance with CEQA and legal defense.
Real Property and Telecommunications Transactions
Ms. O’Laughlin represented Verizon Wireless (formerly GTE Mobilnet) (1986–2002) in more than 400 lease transactions in California, Oregon and Hawaii for the build-out of its cellular network. She also provided legal assistance to Verizon in obtaining the land use entitlements to establish its communication facilities and related litigation.
Bar Admissions
State Bar of California, 1986
U.S. District Court of the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
U.S. Supreme Court
J.D. with Honors from the Santa Clara University School of Law – Santa Clara, CA, 1986
B.A. with Departmental Honors from the University of California – Santa Cruz, CA, 1979 Major: History
Seminar Speaking Engagements
Condemnation – International Board of Continuing Legal Education, 2008 & 2007
Appraisal Institute, Northern California Chapter, Litigation Conference 2009 & 2008
Real Estate Development, Santa Clara Law School
Condemnation – Public Utilities, International Right of Way Association, 1998 & 2003
Local Telecommunications Infrastructure Conference, Los Angeles, 2000
Professional Associations and Memberships
State Bar of California, 1986
Santa Clara County Bar Association
Santa Clara County Bar Association – Chair, Environmental Law Executive Committee
from 1991–1992
Condemnation Attorneys Group from 1990-present
State Bar Condemnation Subcommittee Real Property Section – Co-chair, 1995
Court Designated Child Advocates (CASA), Child Advocate from 2000–2003
Awards and Honors
“AV” Preeminent Rating Martindale-Hubbell
Northern California Super Lawyer in Eminent Domain 2008–2020
Past Employment Positions
City of Cupertino – Deputy City Attorney for Planning Commission from 1986–1984
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