Law Practice


Rob Taboada is a California land use attorney who counsels public and private clients on all aspects of land use development. Mr. Taboada regularly advises investors, developers, and government entities on land use restrictions and agreements, as well as the entitlement process and project review under the California Environmental Quality Act. Mr. Taboada has experience negotiating and drafting development agreements, affordable housing agreements, easement agreements, and regulatory and maintenance agreements, as well as interpreting existing documents burdening and benefiting his clients’ properties. Mr. Taboada is also experienced defending project entitlement and CEQA review before local boards and at the judicial level. In addition to his professional practice, Mr. Taboada teaches Land Use Regulation at U.C. Hastings College of the Law.

Before law school, Mr. Taboada spent 12 years as a general building contractor, custom cabinetmaker, and fabricator.  During that time he worked extensively with property owners and developers in the construction of residential and commercial projects in the Bay Area and Southern California.  He is a Certified Green Building Professional.



West Coast Land Use and Environment Associate, Holland & Knight (2015-2017); Judicial Extern for the Hon. Charles R. Breyer, Northern District of California (2015); Law Clerk, Natural Resources Section of the Office of the California Attorney General (2014); Judicial Extern, Marin County Superior Court (2013).


Teaching & Publications

Adjunct Professor, U.C. Hastings College of the Law (Land Use Law)

California Court of Appeal Rejects CEQA Challenge to Proposed Planned Parenthood Clinic, Lexology, Sep. 2017

Interlocutory Remand Can Be Used to Supplement Agency Findings Prior to Judgment, JD Supra, Sep. 2017

California Court of Appeal Strikes Down CARB’s Second Review of Low Carbon Fuel Standards, 17 Pratt’s Energy L. Rep. 220 (2017) (Co-authored with Jennifer Hernandez)

California Proposes Changes to CEQA Guidelines Incorporating Tribal Cultural Resources, Holland & Knight Alert, Dec. 2015 (Co-authored with Betsy Lake)

How Buildings Will Save the World: An Analysis of the Use of Building Energy Regulation and Energy Use Disclosure Requirements to Target Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States, 66 Hastings L.J. 519 (2015)



Direct: (415) 402-2716
Fax: (415) 398-5630

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Practice Areas

Land Use & Natural Resources, Land Title, Environmental Law, Litigation



University of California Hastings College of the Law, J.D., magna cum laude; Environmental Law Concentration
California College of the Arts, M.F.A.
Middlebury College, B.A.



California Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP)