Nicholas DuBroff


Nick DuBroff specializes in land use and environmental law. As an urban planner he is adept at guiding projects through the local planning process as well as the municipal, state, and federal laws that govern urban development. Prior to joining Coblentz, Nick worked as a Law Fellow at Public Advocates.

Before law school Nick was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico City, where he crafted environmental planning recommendations to address the city's rapid and unplanned growth. He also worked as a researcher at Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, where he assessed the US housing market and developed urban planning strategies for rapidly urbanizing cities in the Global South.

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

Professional Activities

Nick is Vice-Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Barrister's Section for Environment, Land Use, and Real Estate.


Nick received his J.D. and a Certificate in Environmental Law from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. At Berkeley, he was an executive editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly and conducted human rights fieldwork in Guayaquil, Ecuador for the International Human Rights Law Clinic. He received a Master in City Planning from MIT, where he was a research fellow, and a B.A. in Geography and Spanish from Middlebury College, where he graduated cum laude and with departmental honors in Geography.