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Stephanie V F Smith

Land use and zoning Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Stephanie, Smith

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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About Stephanie

Learn Stephanie’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Land use and zoning
    I work to successfully guide your project across the complex arena of land use so that you can reach your goals. I have a broad range of experience that includes use permits, zoning, renewable energy, agriculture, mitigation, & easements.

    11 years

  2. Environmental and natural resources
    I can work with you to strategize and find solutions related to CEQA and the Endangered Species Act. With experience interpreting federal and state regulations across numerous fields I am uniquely posed to help with your project.

    13 years

  3. State, local, and municipal law
    I have expertise advising on the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Mello Roos and impact fees, public contracting, and securities regulations.

    13 years

  4. Construction and development
    Tied to my land use and zoning practice, I also have experience advising on major and minor subdivisions, Williamson agricultural contracts, renewable energy projects, public infrastructure projects, and use permits.

    13 years

  5. Real estate

With past experience advising a local public agency and representing private interests at a large law firm, I am able to spot the issues that matter most, implement solutions, and manage the competing priorities and interests between public agencies, development, agriculture, and land conservation.  Utilizing innovative and implementable solutions, I can provide straightforward advice on land use, zoning, and the environment.

I graduated Cum Laude from Pepperdine School of Law where I also served as an editor for the Pepperdine Law Review.  Prior to serving as the managing attorney at Grid Legal, I worked for the County of San Diego where I advised on a variety of complex legal issues pertaining to CEQA, land use, zoning, and the Endangered Species Act. I also have experience as a litigator which I gained at the international law firm of DLA Piper in Los Angeles. While at DLA Piper, I represented large corporationas and private individuals on matters pertaining to investments, funding, regulatory compliance, and privacy.

 A native of Canada turned San Diegan, I love to jog, camp, and travel.

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Grid Legal
3077 Clairemont Dr
Suite B-415
San Diego, CA, 92117
Grid Legal, LLP
1330 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA, 92014
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Posted by Silvertree Builders | September 21, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Land Development
Stephanie Smith provided clarity and very useful working steps in our process of successfully subdividing our property into multi- parcels. I liked her approach to working with the government agencies.
Posted by Colette | September 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Stephanie Smith is professional, knowledgeable and very pleasant. She went above and beyond our need for legal representation and I can't thank her enough for her patience with me. Colette Bert / CEO


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Work Experience

  • Partner, Land Use and Real Estate Attorney
  • Grid Legal
  • 2017 - Present
  • Senior Deputy County Counsel
  • County Of San Diego
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Associate
  • DLA Piper US, LLP
  • 2010 - 2013


  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Review of EIR/EIS for San Elijo Lagoon
  • EIR certified without challenge.


  • San Diego Chamber
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Mission Bay Park Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Small Scale Infill Development Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • California Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • State of California Bureau of Real Estate
  • Real Estate Broker
  • 2017 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Law Review & Editor
  • Pepperdine Law
  • 2010
  • Dean's List
  • University of Washington
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Don’t Let Regulations Cannibalize Your Cannabis Client
  • CEQA
  • 2018

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