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Geoff Robinson's practice focuses on land use, development, and real estate litigation. He represents clients in civil and administrative proceedings involving planning and zoning laws, CEQA, development fees and exactions and public facilities financing.  He is an authority on writs of mandate in the trial court and is co-author of the treatise California Administrative Mandamus (CEB, 3rd Ed. 2007) and other publications on civil writ practice.  He also has substantial experience in the area of development exactions and has litigated numerous cases involving challenges to development exactions, mitigation requirements, and public financing districts. He continues to handle a broad range of litigation and transactional matters, including a groundwater basin rights adjudication, an action to enforce state housing element laws, a Voting Rights Act case, and a challenge to a wastewater treatment plant expansion.

Geoff has been an active participant in the firm’s pro bono program, representing individuals, non-profits and public agencies before state and federal courts, including several matters in the California Supreme Court.  He is the recipient of the firm’s first John J. Curtin Public Service Award and the California State Bar’s President’s Pro Bono Award.

Geoff served as law clerk to Judge Thomas J. MacBride of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California and as extern to Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Geoff is currently the chair of the Language Access Committee of the California Commission on Access to Justice, the managing partner of Bingham’s Walnut Creek office and a reserve JAG officer.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 75%
  2. Environmental and Natural Resources: 15%
  3. Construction & Development: 10%

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1333 North California Boulevard
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2008
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
The Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2007
Super LawyerN/A2006
John J. Curtin Public Service AwardBingham McCutchen LLP2006
Super LawyerN/A2005
Super LawyerN/A2004
President's Pro Bono AwardN/A1996
Margaret Sanger AwardPlanned Parenthood - Shasta Diablo1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBINGHAM1986 - Present
AssociateBronson Bronson & McKinnon1984 - 1986
Extern for Honorable Thomas J. MacBridgeU.S. District Court1983 - 1984
Extern for Honorable Joseph T. SneedU.S. Court of Appeals1982 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Public Interest ClearinghouseDirector2008 - Present
California Commission on Access to JusticeCo-chair2002 - 2004
Language Access Committee; Calif. Comm. on Access to JusticeChair2000 - Present
Contra Costa Senior Legal ServicesDirector1990 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar)California Administrative Mandamus2007
Curtin's California Land Use and Planning LawLand Use Litigation2007
Language Barriers to Justice in CaliforniaA Report of the California Commission on Access to Justice2005
CEBMeeting Statutory Deadlines, Real Property & Land Use Litigation2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of Virginia School of LawLawN/A1980
University of California - BerkeleyHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UnknownLand Development Law: Strategies for Entitling Complex Development Projects2006
UC Berkeley ExtensionPlanning Law and Legal Process2000
State Bar of California Section Education InstituteWrits of Mandate in the Trial Court1998
UC Davis ExtensionWrits of Mandamus in Land Use and Environmental Law1993