Kenneth B. Bley

Partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Kenneth B. Bley

Kenneth B. Bley

Partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Biography

Ken is a vital resource for his real estate developer clients, counseling them throughout the land use entitlement process and, when necessary, defending them in court. He has advised for over 40 years clients on all aspects of planning, zoning, and environmental review and representing them before planning commissions, city councils, boards of supervisors, and in trial and appellate courts. He also works with landowners and condemnors in eminent domain matters.

Sought-After Trial And Appellate Court Experience

Having tried dozens of cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, Ken has argued four times before the California Supreme Court and more than a dozen of his 75-plus appeals have resulted in published opinions. This is in addition to handling more than 50 trial court cases, primarily for California developers. He has submitted amicus curiae briefs to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders and has sat on moot courts to prepare lawyers arguing on behalf of landowners before that Court.

Ken was a member, and then Chair, of the State Bar Appellate Committee and a member of the committee which wrote the Los Angeles County Superior Court rules on CEQA litigation.

Teacher And Lecturer On Land Use And Land Use Litigation

Ken taught remedies and land use at the University of Southern California Law School for 25 years and courses on land use and land use litigation for trial judges in California and other states around the nation. He has also spoken on land use matters at the National Association of Home Builder's annual International Builders Show more than a dozen times.

As a sought after professional in land use law, Ken's published paper on the use of the Civil Rights Act in land use litigation has been cited by courts several times. He has served as an editor on treatises dealing with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the California Subdivision Map Act published by the California Continuing Education of the Bar and is a co-author of the chapter on exactions in California Land Use Practice published by the CEB.

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Kenneth B. Bley
Partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP
Education
J.D., magna cum laude
Class of 1974

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

Ph.D.
Class of 1969

UCLA's primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill this mission, UCLA is committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms: We value open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. In all of our pursuits, we strive at once for excellence and diversity, recognizing that openness and inclusion produce true quality. These values underlie our three institutional responsibilities. Learning and teaching at UCLA are guided by the belief that undergraduate, graduate and professional school students and their teachers belong to a community of scholars. This community is dedicated to providing students with a foundational understanding of a broad range of disciplines followed by the opportunity for in-depth study in a chosen discipline. All members of the community are engaged together in discovering and advancing knowledge and practice. Learning occurs not only in the classroom but also through engagement in campus life and in communities and organizations beyond the university.

M.S.
Class of 1963

University of California Berkeley National rankings: In a National Research Council analysis of 212 doctoral programs at American universities, 48 Berkeley programs place among the top 10 nationwide. Faculty awards and honors: There are 8 Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty. History of UC Berkeley: Historical highlights, arranged by topic, following the campus's development — from UC's founding in 1868 to a turn-of-the-century building boom, a research explosion in the 1930s, the Free Speech Movement of the '60s, and Berkeley's key role today in science and technology revolutions. Timeline of discoveries and contributions by UC Berkeley scholars. Traditions of Cal: Who was the Angel of Death? What's with the "Big C" up there in the hills — and why is it sometimes green? Who wears Oski's jolly bear head and size 54 yellow sweater? Tours and webcams: Check out what's happening on Sproul Plaza, the campus's true heart. See stunning live views of the Bay Area from the Lawrence Hall of Science's perch in the Berkeley hills. Chancellor and administration: Information on Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W. Breslauer, and how the university is organized. Organizational charts are included. UC System overview and links: On the campuses, laboratories, and medical centers that comprise UC's public educational system, as well as UC's K-12 partnerships, economic impact, and agriculture and environmental resources.

Memberships
Member
Current

TO PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENT, KNOWLEDGE, COORDINATION, COOPERATION, UNIFORMITY, AND EFFICIENCY IN THE CONDUCT OF THE HOMEBUILDING INDUSTRY.

Career History
Partner
Current

Cox Castle & Nicholson delivers strategic legal counsel and services to developers, public agencies, energy companies, lenders, investors, joint ventures, pension funds, landlords, tenants, corporations, high net-worth individuals and others in the management of their complex real estate, business and litigation challenges. Founded in 1968, the firm has more than 130 attorneys in offices in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco.

Director, Legal Action Network for Development Strategies
Prior

National Association of Home Builders operates as a housing trade association. It provides advocacy on issues impacting home builders, networking for home builders and those associated with the home building industry and education for home builders those associated with the home building industry. The company was founded in 1942 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Faculty Member
Prior

The University of Southern California Law School (Gould School of Law), located in Los Angeles, California, is a law school within the University of Southern California. The oldest law school in the Southwestern United States, USC Law had its beginnings in 1896, and was officially established as a school of the university in 1904

Political Donations
$250
2008

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is the only organization solely dedicated to electing a Democratic Senate. From grassroots organizing to candidate recruitment to providing campaign funds for tight races, the DSCC is working hard all year, every year to elect Democrats – and give President Obama the help he needs on Capitol Hill to move our country forward.

$250
2008

Former President of United States

$250
2007

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is the only organization solely dedicated to electing a Democratic Senate. From grassroots organizing to candidate recruitment to providing campaign funds for tight races, the DSCC is working hard all year, every year to elect Democrats – and give President Obama the help he needs on Capitol Hill to move our country forward.

Awards & Honors
2016
Super Lawyers - Southern California Super Lawyer
2015
Super Lawyers - Southern California Super Lawyer
2014
Super Lawyers - Southern California Super Lawyer
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