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Seth Merewitz


Los Angeles
300 South Grand Avenue
25th Floor
(213) 787-2567
500 Capitol Mall
Suite 1700
(213) 787-2567

Seth Merewitz is a partner in the Municipal Law practice group and heads the Public-Private Partnership/Joint Venture group at Best Best & Krieger LLP. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, he was a shareholder with McDonough Holland & Allen in Sacramento.

Mr. Merewitz provides advisory and transactional services to developers, land owners, public agencies and private entities. His practice focuses on real estate development including zoning, land use and master-planned communities; and military base reuse. Mr. Merewitz represents applicants on entitlement and permit processing matters and has particular expertise in public-private partnerships and government assistance, in-fill and mixed-use development, infrastructure financing, and commercial and industrial development.

Professional and Community Involvement
Mr. Merewitz is a full member with the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is part of the leadership of the Los Angeles District Council and the national ULI Residential Neighborhood Development Product Council.

From 2001 to 2009, he was the appointed contract city attorney for the City of Marysville. He also served as an appointed Planning Commissioner in Yolo County from 1995-1997.


  • University of California, Davis, J.D. (1997)
  • University of California, Davis, B.A. (1993)

Bar Admissions

  • California (1998)
Seth Merewitz

Law Review:

  • Author, “At the Polling Station with No Information: The Initiative Process and Environmental Review in the Wake of DeVita v. County of Napa," 19 ENVIRONS UC Davis Environmental Law and Policy Journal 94, 1996


  • Co-author of a chapter entitled “Funding Neighborhood Specific Infrastructure and Amenities,” Exaction and Impact Fees in California: A Comprehensive Guide to Policy, Practice and Law, Solano Press, 2012
  • Co-author, Redevelopment in California, Solano Press (4d ed.), 2009


  • Author, "Developers in California Should Be Aware of Changes in the Regulatory Landscape," The Press-Enterprise, May 2013
  • Author, "Redevelopment in California After the Demise of RDAs," Los Angeles Lawyer, February 2013
  • Author, “Post-Redevelopment California: How to Fill the Affordable Housing Finance Gap,” Western Real Estate Business, May 2012
  • Author, “Post-Redevelopment: Emerging Alternatives for California Cities and Counties,”, January 2012


  • Co-author, "LAO Report: Maximizing State Benefits From Public-Private Partnerships," BB&K Legal Alert, November 2012
  • Co-author, “HUD Announces Public-Private Partnership Grants to Encourage Greener Multifamily Homes,” BB&K Legal Alert, Sept., 2011
  • Co-author, “Recent Case Helps Clarify Time of ‘Project Approval’ Under CEQA for Public-Private Partnerships,” BB&K Legal Alert, June 2011
  • Co-author, “Mello-Roos Bond Proceeds Used For Subdivision Improvements Trigger Prevailing Wage,” BB&K Legal Alert, January 2011
Seth Merewitz

Economic Development/Innovation

  • Speaker, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, "Control Your Economic Development Destiny," June 2012
  • Speaker, Los Angeles County Bar Association, "What Developers and Their Attorney's Need to Know for Successful Economic Development," May 2012
  • Speaker, Coachella Valley Economic Forecast Conference, "Issues and Opportunities for a New World of Economic Development," May 2012
  • Speaker, Municipal Law Institute Symposium, 'Entrepreneurial Cities: Reinventing Government or Disenfranchising Citizens?' February 2012
  • Speaker, UC Berkeley Symposium on Sustainable Economic Development Strategies in Lean Fiscal Times, "Conceptualizing New Tools for Sustainable Economic Development," November 2011 
  • Speaker, Association of California Airports, "How to be an Innovative and Entrepreneurial Airport Manager," September 2010

Residential Development/Infill

  • Speaker, Urban Land Institute 2012 Fall Meeting, "What's Next for Residential Investment," October 2012
  • Moderator, Urban Land Institute Los Angeles, "The Next Generation of Planned Communities," April 2012
  • Speaker/Moderator, ULI-Residential Neighborhood Development Council Fall Conference, "Planned Communities 2.0: Defining Solutions for the Planned Communities of the Future," October 2011 

Public Private-Partnerships

  • Speaker, Greater Inland Empire Municipal Law Association, "Demystifying Local Serving Public-Private Partnerships," August 2012
  • Speaker, American Planning Association (APA) National Conference, "Reimagining Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships," April 2012
  • Speaker/Moderator, Association of California Water Agencies Fall Conference, Attorneys Program: "Demystifying Local Public-Private Partnerships," December 2011 
  • Speaker, CAASD and CMA Joint Meeting, 'How to Finance Public Projects in the Post-Redevelopment Era,' October 2012
  • Speaker, LACBA, 'Emerging Economic Development Tools Post-Redevelopment: Review of Statutes,' October 2012
  • Speaker, Urban Land Institute, "California's Urban Development Future and the Reinvention of Redevelopment," August 2012
  • Moderator, Law Seminars International, "Local Economic Development in Post-Redevelopment California," March 2012
  • Speaker/Moderator, ULI Los Angeles District Council, "Redevelopment 2.0: Where Do We Go From Here? What the State Budget Approval Means for Redevelopment Going Forward," August 2011 
  • Speaker/Moderator, California Redevelopment Association, "Innovative Best Practices to Leverage Your Redevelopment Dollars," Fall, 2011 
  • Speaker, California Redevelopment Association Redevelopment Institute, (Critical Elements of the DDA/OPA; Developer Selection/RFP/RFQ), 2006-2009

Municipal Insolvency/Bankruptcy

  • Speaker, Best Best & Krieger Webinar, "Understanding and Avoiding Municipal Bankruptcy: An Overview for Public Agencies," August 2012

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