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Miles Jarrod Dolinger

Real estate Attorney at Capitola, CA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Miles J. Dolinger, Miles J. Dolinger, Attorney at Law, A Professional Corporation


Licensed for 29 years

About Miles

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I CAN HELP YOU ON MOST REAL ESTATE, LAND USE AND SMALL BUSINESS MATTERS (EXCEPT RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD/TENANT LAW), INCL. TRANSACTIONAL WORK (CONTRACTS), AND CONFLICTS (LITIGATION, ARBITRATION, MEDIATION). I HAVE BEEN PRACTICING LAW SINCE 1994. SERVING SANTA CRUZ COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS.

Miles J. Dolinger graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) in 1988, and he received his J.D. degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1993.  Since that time, Miles has represented both private and public agency clients in a wide range of real estate, land use, business, and public law matters.  Recently, from 2005 through 2013, Miles worked for a large San Jose law firm where he developed specialized experience in development and land use entitlement law and litigation, including CEQA, use permits, general plan amendments, rezonings, subdivisions and lot line adjustments.

Miles began working at Newman & Marcus in January, 2014.  His current practice is a mix of advisory, transactional, and litigation advocacy, with specific emphasis on: land use entitlements, zoning compliance and red tag removal; CEQA and Coastal Act compliance and litigation; writ litigation (i.e., against or on behalf of public agencies); real estate transactions and litigation; leasing and landlord/tenant issues (landlord side); CC&Rs; easements and boundary disputes.  Miles’s practice also includes construction law, and basic business law (including corporate formation, co-tenancy agreements, LLC agreements). 

Miles’s current community activities include serving on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz, and coaching youth basketball.

Miles lives in Felton with his wife and two children.

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Licensed for 29 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 12/01/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Miles

Miles J. Dolinger, Attorney at Law
314 Capitola Avenue
Capitola, CA, 95010

Reviews

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Posted by Dean R Scholl | May 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Inspired By Challenge
I found myself up against a forged and falsified lease agreement with my ex and the tenants who rented our cabin. The first two lawyers I called said, "good luck." My third call was to Miles Dolinger. After hearing of my situation he simply said, "let me do some research and call you back.' I received that call back a few hours later and he shared with me his findings. I hired him right then over the phone. Long story short the tenants were served papers written up by Miles and within 30 days they had vacated the property. This matter bled into a Hawaii Property matter I was also entangled in with the ex. I kept Miles on as my representation for the California property and as mitigator to my Hawaii Attorney. It is my conclusion that of the four lawyers that were negotiating this "complex and dual-state issue", Miles would be the only one I would ever rehire. His alignment/walk with integrity and honesty was miles high above the other attorneys. TRUE NORTH PRINCIPLES, IMPECCABLE INTEGRITY AND HONORABLE HONESTY. Endless gratitude from me to Attorney Miles Dolinger!
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Posted by Dean | May 7, 2018
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Fraudulent Tenant Lease Created By Ex Partner
Upon terminating a relationship my ex had created a lease agreement with tenants behind my back. Two Attorneys wished me luck and wanted nothing to do with this. Attorney Miles Dolinger seemed inspired by the challenge and that inspiration coupled with a few documented litigation letters had the tenants running out of the lease and off the property. As for the ex, every trick she pulled from her hat Miles found the fraudulent/hidden door in. If your a landlord in California whose facing seemingly insurmountable circumstance this is your guy.
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Posted by Armen | January 15, 2016
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An awesome lawyer
There is no such thing as a good lawyer right? This man is truly a good lawyer, one that will dissect every detail of the most complex legal problem to identify the most viable path to a favorable outcome. So analysis is what this lawyer is all about, analysis that brought me to resolve a permitting issue with the City of Palo Alto. Impossible to get the bureaucrats to budge? Miles made it happen. Worth every penny I spent on his legal fees.
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Posted by Richard | February 8, 2015
Excellent Land Use & Zoning Attorney
No-nonsense, straight to the point and very professional… these are the words I would use to describe attorney Miles Dollinger and the legal team at Newman & Marcus, A Law Corporation. In my land use legal issues, Mr. Dolling has always kept me informed and thoroughly explained every step of the process and any residuals, which can be very complicated not to mention overwhelming. I could not be happier with the services I receive from Mr. Dollinger. He is extremely efficient and professional, responsive to my phone calls and emails and always available to answer questions. He is not only very knowledgeable in his field, but his knowledge goes above and beyond the legal field. He welcomes any and all questions I have, having an open-communication policy with his clients. I feel very confident having Mr. Dollinger representing me as he is very hands on, and very thorough with never-ending paperwork. Needless to say, if I ever have land use legal issues, I would definitely go with Mr. Dollinger offices again, and I would recommend it in a heartbeat to anyone who is looking for representation. He knows his business and he is very good at it.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Miles J. Dolinger, Attorney at Law, A Professional Corporation
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Newman & Marcus, A Law Corporation
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • Berliner Cohen
  • 2005 - 2013

Education

  • GOLDEN GATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SANTA CRUZ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • SOS Danville Group v. Town of Danville, Contra Costa County Superior Court, Case No. N13-1151
  • The court rejected 11 out of 12 of petitioner’s EIR challenges, but ruled that the EIR’s analysis of bicycling impacts was inadequate.
  • San Jose Unified School District v. Santa Clara County Office Of Education, et al., Santa Clara County Superior Court, Case No.
  • The court ruled that the zoning exemption applicable to “school districts” did not apply to the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
  • Koen v. City of San Jose, Santa Clara County Superior Court, Case No. 112CV232821
  • The parties settled the case just prior to the hearing on the merits, and the petitioner moved away.
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Associations

  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2013
  • Guam Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Public Interest Award
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 1993

Publications

  • Self
  • REAL ESTATE AND LAND USE LAW UPDATE: CEQA'S SUPPLEMENTAL EIR REQUIREMENT, AND THE LATEST DECISION IN THE COUNTRYWIDE LOAN FRAUD SAGA
  • 2015
  • Self
  • REAL ESTATE AND LAND USE LAW UPDATE: MANDATORY INJUNCTIONS; DEED RESCISSIONS; DEFICIENCY JUDGMENTS; AND CEQA
  • 2014
  • Self
  • REAL ESTATE AND LAND USE LAW UPDATE: HOA ASSESSMENTS; COASTAL PERMIT CONDITIONS
  • 2014
  • Self
  • REAL ESTATE AND LAND USE LAW UPDATE: HOA ASSESSMENTS; COASTAL PERMIT CONDITIONS
  • 2014
  • Self
  • REAL ESTATE AND LAND USE LAW UPDATE: BOUNDARY SURVEYS; FALLING STREET TREES; AND COASTAL PERMIT CONDITIONS
  • 2014
  • Self
  • REAL ESTATE AND LAND USE LAW UPDATE: NEW CEQA CASES - SUPPLEMENTAL EIRS AND EIR ADDENDA; PROJECT AND PROGRAM EIRS
  • 2014
  • Self
  • REAL ESTATE AND LAND USE LAW UPDATE: BROKER DISCLOSURES; RECONCILING NONCONFORMING STRUCTURES AND VARIANCE RULES; AND THE NEW SANTA CRUZ COUNTY MEDICAL CANNABIS CULTIVATION ORDINANCE
  • 2014
  • Self
  • REAL ESTATE AND LAND USE LAW UPDATE: CONSTRUCTION DEFECT DAMAGES UNDER THE RIGHT TO REPAIR ACT (CIVIL CODE §§ 896 ET SEQ.)
  • 2014
  • Self
  • LAND USE LAW UPDATE: SPOT ZONING; TENANTS’ RIGHTS UPON FORECLOSURE; AND COASTAL ACT VIOLATORS
  • 2014
  • Self
  • LAND USE LAW UPDATE: REVIEW OF EASEMENT LAW; AND “SIGNIFICANT NEW INFORMATION” UNDER CEQA
  • 2014
  • Self
  • LAND USE LAW UPDATE: 3-IN-1: CEQA (ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE AND PARKING); AND THE PUBLIC NUISANCE EXCEPTION TO COASTAL COMMISSION JURISDICTION
  • 2014
  • Self
  • LAND USE LAW UPDATE: 3-IN-1: CEQA (ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE AND PARKING); AND THE PUBLIC NUISANCE EXCEPTION TO COASTAL COMMISSION JURISDICTION
  • 2013
  • Self
  • LAND USE LAW UPDATE: FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL AFFIRMS THE USE OF OFF-SITE CONSERVATION EASEMENTS TO MITIGATE THE LOSS OF PRIME FARMLAND UNDER CEQA
  • 2013
  • (for seminar) Lorman Educational Services
  • LEGALLY DEFENSIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW UNDER THE CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT - 2004-2011 CASE UPDATE (by Andrew L. Faber)
  • 2012
  • Self
  • WHO IS RESPONSIBLE WHEN UPHILL STORMWATER CAUSES DOWNHILL DAMAGE?
  • 2011
  • Berliner Cohen webpage
  • ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ALERT – U.S. SUPREME COURT NARROWS CERCLA “ARRANGER” DEFINITION (by Miles J. Dolinger and Ralph J. Swanson)
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation
  • The ABCs of Zoning and Entitlement Law
  • 2014
  • Presentation
  • NO DESAL, NO DEAL? WATER AVAILABILITY ANALYSIS FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT UNDER CEQA, THE WATER CODE AND LOCAL ORDINANCES
  • 2013
  • Presentation
  • The ABCs of Zoning and Entitlement Law
  • 2013
  • Presentation
  • The ABCs of Zoning and Entitlement Law
  • 2013
  • Presentation
  • The ABCs of Zoning and Entitlement Law
  • 2013
  • Presentation
  • REVISIONS TO “NONCONFORMING USE” RULES AND OTHER RECENT DEVELOPMENT-RELATED CHANGES TO THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY CODE
  • 2012
  • Presentation
  • DON’T LET PERMITTING LAW DOOM YOUR PROJECT: A GUIDE TO THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (5)
Endorse Miles
Real estate Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Miles is a knowledgeable and effective attorney for his clients."
Real estate Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Miles Dolinger. I know Miles as a fellow lawyer in the Santa Cruz legal community. He is a highly knowledgeable and effective attorney that provides excellent representation that solves his clients' legal problems."
Land use and zoning Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Miles for many years. I know him to be a very experienced and effective land use and real estate attorney, who is very well-respected in the community"
Land use and zoning Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Miles is an excellent attorney who has extensive land use and real estate experience. I recommend him highly."
Land use and zoning Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Miles has quickly become the go-to guy for land use in Santa Cruz County. He is also personable and easy to work with."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Miles worked on an important piece of litigation for my client and did an excellent job. Good research and drafting and very thorough preparation."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Miles is an intelligent, hard-working, trustworthy real estate attorney. He has excellent research skills, writing skills, and people skills. I endorse him!"
Land use and zoning Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Miles is a highly competent attorney who works hard to respond appropriately to his client's needs by thorough research and aggressively identifying and advocating for their issues. Additionally, he is a contributing member of his community as a leader in the Boys and Girl's Club as well as a frequent speaker with the County Bar's Real Property section. I have referred clients to Miles and will continue to do so."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart, caring, experienced, and local."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Miles is well versed in real estate law, and is especially helpful with nuances of dealing with local and state government planning, code compliance and enforcement."
Land use and zoning Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Miles. He's a smart man, good lawyer, good guy, & very knowledgeable in the fields of land use, planning, real estate, environmental issues, etc."
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