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Timothy Thomas Paone

Timothy Thomas Paone

also known as Tim Paone

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Insight Beyond the Basics


The true measure of a land use lawyer’s value is found not merely in the technical expertise common to most land use lawyers, but in broad experience, knowledge, and creativity that are far less common. Mix in an understanding of the client’s business goals and values, and the attorney with these uncommon traits can make a positive difference in the efficiency, cost, and success of the entitlement effort.  Tim’s diverse experience and distinct approach to his craft allow him to recognize and strategically pursue his clients’ objectives.


Named by California's leading daily legal publication, the Daily Journal, as one of "California's Top 30 Real Estate Lawyers for 2012," Tim also has been recognized in the highly respected "Best Lawyers in America” every year since 2007 and named by his peers as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” for eleven consecutive years.


Experience that Matters


Tim’s insight comes not only from his entitlement background, but also from experience in private land development, his early years as a business and real estate litigator, and public service.  He has managed entitlement for The Irvine Company's projects in Newport Beach, Anaheim, and Orange, served as a Planning Commission Chairman and a Governor's appointee to the California Law Revision Commission, and taught Environmental Law Practice as an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University School of Law. 


Entitlement Throughout California


Known for his thoughtful strategic approach, Tim guides his clients through the often frustrating crush of governmental regulation. His practice emphasizes CEQA, the Coastal Act, development agreements, and the local planning process. He has worked on projects across California, most often in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties. 


Courtroom Success

Tim’s safeguarding of his clients' interests extends to courtrooms throughout the State. Whether defending against a CEQA challenge or reversing a Coastal Commission project denial, his entitlement expertise and practical business perspective have contributed to an excellent success rate. 



Practice Areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 75%
    39 years
  2. Environmental and Natural Resources: 25%
    39 years

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Contact Info

Cox Castle & Nicholson, LLP

3121 Michelson Drive
Suite 200
Irvine, CA, 92612-5678



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Southern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Best Lawyer, Land Use and ZoningBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Lawyer, Land Use and ZoningBest Lawyers in America2014
Southern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Best Lawyer, Land Use and ZoningBest Lawyers in America2013
Southern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Southern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
California's Top 30 Real Estate LawyersDaily Journal2012
Best Lawyer, Land Use and ZoningBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyer, Land Use and ZoningBest Lawyers in America2011
Southern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2011
Southern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2010
Best Lawyer, Land Use and ZoningBest Lawyers in America2010
Best Lawyer, Land Use and ZoningBest Lawyers in America2009
Southern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2009
Southern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2008
Best Lawyer, Land Use and ZoningBest Lawyers in America2008
Best Lawyer, Land Use and ZoningBest Lawyers in America2007
Southern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2007
Southern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2006
Southern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2005
Southern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2004
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerCox, Castle & Nicholson, LLP2012 - Present
Senior CounselTheodora Oringher2009 - 2012
VP EntitlementsThe Irvine Company2000 - 2002
PartnerPaone Callahan McHolm & Winton, LLC1981 - 2000
Associate, PartnerVirtue & Scheck1976 - 1981
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Urban Land InstituteMember2014 - Present
Foundation for the Great ParkDirector2005 - 2013
Community Foundation of OrangeDirector, President2001 - 2009
HomeAid Orange CountyDirector, Executive Committee1998 - 2014
Orange County ForumDirector1995 - 2005
Building Industry Association of Orange CountyDirector, Executive Committee1994 - 2006
California Law Revision CommissionMember1985 - 1989
Huntington Beach Planning CommissionCommmissioner, Chair1978 - 1983
Orange County Youth Sports FoundationDirector, President1977 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Baker Ranch, Lake ForestN/A
Bolsa Chica, County of OrangeN/A
Eagle Crest, EscondidoN/A
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Publication NameTitleDate
Orange County LawyerThe American Dream or an Orange County Nightmare?2005
California Land Use Law & Policy ReporterLitigating a Takings Case: What Do You Tell the Client?1995
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of California Santa BarbaraN/AundergraduateN/A
USC Law SchoolN/AlawN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
ULI Infrastructure CouncilThe Impacts of SB 7432014
County Counsels' Association of California ConferenceSB 743: A Game Changer?2014