Robert B. Hodil

Special Counsel

Rob Hodil's practice focuses on land use entitlements and real estate development. He represents commercial and residential developers, hospitals, and nonprofit entities in the process of acquiring and obtaining approvals to develop real property.

Rob has experience with the California Environmental Quality Act, state and local planning and zoning laws and regulations, the California Subdivision Map Act, the California ballot initiative process, and other local, state, and federal laws affecting the development of real property.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, CEQA: California Environmental Quality Act, Lorman Education Services (Oakland, CA, June 2012)
  • Moderator, CEQA: California Environmental Quality Act, Lorman Education Services (Stockton, CA, February 2012 and San Francisco, CA, March 2012)
  • Panelist, Legally Defensible Environmental Review Under CEQA, Lorman Education Services (San Francisco and Oakland, CA, September 2008)
  • Panelist, Legally Defensible Environmental Review Under CEQA, Lorman Education Services (Stockton, CA, January 2008)
  • Author, "Zen and the Art of Zoning – Constitutional Challenges to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000," California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter (March, 2004)
  • Co-author, "Natural Resources" chapter of the California Environmental and Natural Resources Law Handbook (Government Institutes, 12th ed. 2004)

Professional Activities

Rob is a member of the California State Bar and the Bar Association of San Francisco. He is a Vice-Chair of the State Bar of California’s Real Property Law Section’s Zoning and Land Use Subsection and has served as a moderator and panelist for Lorman Education Services seminars regarding CEQA.


Rob received his B.A. from Brown University (1993) and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2002) where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy.

Case Studies

California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC)

We have extensive experience in advising medical institutions on real estate acquisition, development, and defense of legal challenges to project entitlements. A prime examples of this is our service as lead counsel for Sutter-affiliated California Pacific Medical Center’s $2.7 billion...


Coblentz represented the Fairmont Hotel chain in a variety of matters concerning its western properties, including labor negotiations, employment disputes and litigation, commercial litigation, leasing, ADA access issues, land use issues, and vendor contracts.


San Francisco 49ers

The work we’ve done as lead real estate and corporate counsel for the San Francisco 49ers and its affiliates includes large, complex, and seemingly impossible deals: everything from an ownership reorganization to a major real estate and land use project to advising on complex property and...

SoMa Expansion

The South of Market (SoMa) area of San Francisco has exploded in recent years, fueled by the technology sector, and Coblentz has had the privilege of helping many companies entitle projects and secure leases in this vibrant neighborhood. Coblentz counseled Flynn Properties Inc. in its 60,000...