Daniel Gershwin


Dan Gershwin helps clients navigate the complex local, state, and federal approval and entitlement processes required to develop real property. He has particular experience in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), public-private partnership projects involving multiple public agencies, waterfront and coastal development, transportation, special-status species and related laws and regulations, and local planning and zoning laws throughout California. In addition to representing clients as they pursue land use approvals and entitlements, Dan has litigated land use and environmental cases in California’s federal and state courts, with a focus on CEQA and the Endangered Species Act.

Prior to joining the firm, Dan was an associate in the Environment and Energy group at Morrison & Foerster LLP, and he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Dan is a contributing author of the firm’s Unfamiliar Terrain blog, which provides insights into the complex Bay Area land use landscape.

Notable Representations

  • The University of San Francisco in its Institutional Master Plan and campus development projects, including its proposed 600-bed student housing project.
  • The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in evaluating a San Francisco site for its proposed $1.5+ billion, 250,000 square foot museum and educational institution.

Professional Activities

Dan is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco.


Dan earned his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an editor on the Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics, with distinction, from the University of Virginia.