Noteworthy Cases

Pamela Saves the Farm…

When a local urban organic farm faced the threat of forced closure due to a code enforcement action for a serious zoning violation, Pamela helped guide the farm through a complex planned development rezoning, and negotiated with the local government to secure easements to accommodate structure encroachments. Through her effective advocacy and negotiation skills, Pamela literally helped save the farm.

Complex Property Rights Litigation

When a residential condominium community became involved in a heated dispute involving the ownership and use of a shared recreational facility, Pamela assisted the condominium association with strategic litigation advocacy. As a solo practitioner she held a strong position for her client against an opposing association represented by a large law firm. Ultimately, Pamela helped craft a settlement that saved her client several hundred thousand dollars and provided the condominium association members with the user rights they desired.

Complex Property Rights Litigation

When a condominium association became embroiled in a dispute with an adjacent landowner in a large multi-community development, Pamela represented the condominium association in resulting litigation. Pamela ultimately helped negotiate and draft a complex settlement agreement that addressed ingress-egress, cross easements, boundary agreements, and a gate operations plan.

Complex Property Rights Litigation

When a homeowner with property located on land near a navigable waterway was blocked by an adjacent property owner from accessing the water, Pamela stepped in and fought for the homeowner’s rights. Ultimately, she negotiated a settlement that restored the rights of the homeowner and his family to access the water.

Real Estate

In a market in which property values were rapidly rising, Pamela assisted her client, the buyer, in a transaction in which the seller tried to back out of the sale contract in order to get a higher price. Ultimately, Pamela prevailed for her client at trial in which the judge ordered the seller to honor the agreed-upon terms of the contract.

Real Estate

In a market in which the sale of commercial buildings was slowing because of rising real estate prices, Pamela assisted an office park developer in establishing three commercial condominiums. Her developer client was able to sell the commercial condominium units in a market in which sale of the whole buildings would have been difficult.

Real Estate

Pamela recently assisted a group of condominium unit owners in a complex transaction involving the partial termination of the condominium, and sale of several individual buildings.

Land Use

When a landowner requested a rezoning to allow a sports stadium to be located in a community, where parking would have been inadequate and pedestrian safety would have been lacking, Pamela prevailed for the community in a quasi-judicial hearing by persuading the local governing body to deny the zoning request, even in the face of strong support for the sports facility.

Land Use

When a landowner requested a rezoning to allow a retail establishment to be located in a residential community on a dangerous “S” curve, Pamela prevailed for the community by persuading the local governing body, in a 7 to zero vote, to deny the zoning request based on inconsistency with the local government land regulations and safety concerns.

Land Use

When a local government tried to prohibit the owner of a residential duplex property from renting his property as a duplex, Pamela prevailed for the property owner in an administrative adjudicative action by effectively arguing that the property was a legal nonconforming use, and that the property owner was entitled to the continued use and rental of his property as a duplex.