T. Brent Hawkins

Partner

brent.hawkins@bbklaw.com

Tel: (916) 551-2086

Location(s)

At a Glance

Brent represents clients  in matters surrounding land use, housing and environmental law.

He focuses on transactions and negotiations, asset management, preparation and litigation related to development and the dissolution of redevelopment.

Brent frequently lectures for organizations such as the California Redevelopment Association, the League of California Cities and the University of California.
 

T. Brent Hawkins land use, housing and environmental law, handling both transactional and litigation matters. A partner in the Municipal Law practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP, Brent represents clients throughout California and in other western states, including Nevada and Idaho. His practice emphasizes development transactions and negotiations, asset management, preparation and litigation related to development and the dissolution of redevelopment.

Brent’s clients include the cities of Brentwood, Capitola, Davis, Foster City, Hawthorne, Long Beach, Sacramento, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and others. He also represents various private development companies. In addition, Brent serves as general counsel to the California Redevelopment Association.

Brent litigates before state and federal courts in matters pertaining to the Community Redevelopment Law, California Environmental Quality Act and California Relocation Assistance Act, as well as eminent domain and planning and zoning law. He was the lead attorney in CRA v. Genest, which successfully challenged the State of California’s shift of $350 million in tax increment revenue to Educational Revenue Augmentation Funds. In 2013, he was named a Top Municipal Attorney in California by the Daily Journal for his work on lawsuits for cities and counties challenging the state’s handling of post-redevelopment issues, including a case that resulted in a judge agreeing that Riverside should get nearly $19 million in loans originally taken out by the City’s redevelopment agency.

Brent frequently lectures for organizations such as the California Redevelopment Association, the League of California Cities and the University of California. He is chairman of the California Redevelopment Association Legal Committee.

Prior to joining the firm in 2010, he was a shareholder with McDonough Holland & Allen in Sacramento. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

Education

  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D.
  • Brigham Young University, B.A.


Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Municipal Law, 2013-2019
  • Sacramento Magazine Top Lawyers, State, Local & Municipal Law, 2017-2018
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, 2004, 2017-2018
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning by American Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Daily Journal Top Municipal Lawyers, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ rated

 

Statute Authorizing Transfer of Local Taxes as Penalty is Unconstitutional
Legal Alerts Mar 07, 2016

Statute Authorizing Transfer of Local Taxes as Penalty is Unconstitutional

California Appellate Court Ruling on Proposition 22

Legislation Broadening Infrastructure Financing Districts Signed by Gov. Brown
Legal Alerts Oct 06, 2014

Legislation Broadening Infrastructure Financing Districts Signed by Gov. Brown

Four bills broaden the appeal of IFDs as a funding mechanism for local infrastructure, environmental mitigation, private industrial facilities, affordable housing and broadband

Redevelopment in California Published by Solano Press Books
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 01, 2009

Redevelopment in California Published by Solano Press Books

By Joseph E. Coomes, Jr., Iris Yang, Brent T. Hawkins and Ethan Walsh

  • “Agreements Re-Entered Into Between City and Successor Agency Pre-AB 1484 are Enforceable Obligations,” BB&K Legal Alert, July 23, 2013
  • “New Bill Significantly Changes Redevelopment Agency Dissolution Process,” BB&K Legal Alert, June 29, 2012
  • “The Rise and Fall of Redevelopment in California,” California Bar Real Estate Journal, Fall 2012
  • “California Supreme Court Decision Eliminates Redevelopment Agencies,” BB&K Legal Alert, Dec. 29, 2011
  • “Governor’s Budget Proposal Would Eliminate Redevelopment Agencies,” BB&K Legal Alert, Jan. 14, 2011
  • “Redevelopment in California,” Solano Press Books 4th ed., 2009
  • “The California Municipal Law Handbook,” contributing editor

 

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