Michael G. Biddle
Michael G. Biddle
Partner - Oakland
brings over twenty-six years of experience overseeing the transformation of the City of Emeryville, burdened by the environmental legacy of its industrial past, to the thriving, urban, mixed use city of today, to his
practice emphasizing real estate acquisition, site remediation, land use, CEQA, land disposition and development, and redevelopment dissolution.
Michael served as Emeryville City Attorney for twenty-one years (1994-2015), after serving as Assistant City Attorney beginning in 1989.
Michael routinely advised the City Council, Redevelopment Agency, Successor Agency, Planning Commission, City Manager, staff, and numerous citizen boards and committees on a broad range of municipal issues relating to affordable housing, planning and zoning, public art, public finance (taxes, impact fees, assessments), contracting, governance (Ralph M. Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act), and elections.
was also responsible for the management and direction of all litigation involving the City, Redevelopment Agency, and Successor Agency
had the unique responsibility of managing several site remediation projects undertaken by the City
and its former Redevelopment Agency
, as well as the City's
regulatory Brownfields Program, a locally administered remedial program providing closure to less complex sites with concurrence from either the Department of Toxic Substances Control or the Regional Water Quality Control Board
was also responsible for drafting, negotiating, and advising staff responsible for administering site cleanup loans extended by the City pursuant to its Brownfield Revolving Loan program, funded by grants awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Michael is a member of the Post-Redevelopment Task Force organized by the City Attorney's division of the League of California Cities to provide guidance to cities and successor agencies on redevelopment dissolution matters.
Michael is a member of the Task Force's subgroup addressing property transfer, litigation and eminent domain, City-Agency agreements and project issues, as well as the subgroup addressing issues related to the Polanco Redevelopment Act.