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I represent and advise clients on land use, zoning, real estate, development, and environmental matters including issues involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Subdivision Map Act, State Planning and Zoning Law, the State Elections Code, and other land use statutes and ordinances. I regularly appear before city councils, county boards of supervisors, planning commissions, LAFCOs, and other administrative bodies.  I also have extensive experience in land use litigation as well as writs and appeals related to various disciplines.


I am a member of the State Bar of California as well as the United States Supreme Court Bar.

I strive to provide prompt, cost-efficient, and effective results to my clients.


Contact info

Shore McKinley & Conger LLP

3031 W. March Ln. Suite 230
Stockton, CA, 95219

Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 60%
    16 years
  2. Appeals: 30%
    13 years
  3. Real Estate: 5%
    16 years
  4. Government: 5%
    16 years

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    Brett is a fine attorney. He has particular knowledge of land use, public agencies, real property and appellate law.


    Laurie Schrum Business Attorney
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  • Stephen Michael Siptroth

    Brett is an excellent attorney who partners with his clients to achieve their objectives and desired outcomes. He has successfully litigated in state and federal courts and has several published decisions from the California Court of Appeal. Brett also thoughtfully advises clients on transactional matters. I regularly recommend Brett to in-house attorneys looking to retain outside counsel on land use, zoning, and CEQA matters.


    Stephen Siptroth Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyers Rising Star (Land Use)Thomson Reuters2015
Super Lawyers Rising Star (Land Use)Thomson Reuters2014
Super Lawyers Rising Star (Land Use)Thomson Reuters2013
Super Lawyers Rising Star (Land Use)Thomson Reuters2012
Super Lawyers Rising Star (Land Use)Thomson Reuters2011
Super Lawyers Rising Star (Land Use)Thomson Reuters2010
Super Lawyers Rising Star (Land Use)Thomson Reuters2009
Commitment to Excellence AwardBuilding Industry Association of the Delta2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerShore McKinley & Conger LLP2015 - Present
ShareholderHerum Crabtree Suntag2009 - 2015
AssociateHerum Crabtree Brown2000 - 2008
Legal InternCalifornia Integrated Waste Mgmt Board1999 - 2000
Legal InternCalifornia Resources Agency1998 - 1999
Legislative InternCalifornia Senate1997 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Stockton RotaryMember (President 2013-14)2009 - Present
San Joaquin County Bar AssociationMember (Board of Directors 2003-07)2001 - Present
YMCA of San JoaquinBoard Member2012 - 2014
Building Industry Association of the DeltaGovernment Relations Committee Member2008 - 2011
Building Industry Association of the DeltaStockton Task Force Member2008 - 2011
California Young Lawyers AssociationBoard Member (President 2009-2010)2006 - 2010
Greater Stockton Chamber of CommerceLeadership Stockton Program Participant2001 - 2002
San Joaquin County Bar Association, BarristersExecutive Committee Member (President 2004-2005)2001 - 2006
Publication nameTitleDate
California Resources AgencyThe Interactive CEQA Process Flowchart1998
California Resources AgencyCalifornia Water Law and Policy1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of California - Santa BarbaraEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Masters MCLE Series"Get In the Zone": A Practical Guide to Land Use and Zoning2015