William F. Delvac
William F. Delvac specializes in all aspects of land use law and is a widely recognized for his work with important entertainment and cultural venues, historic preservation law and affordable housing. Bill was a Regent Scholar at the University of California Irvine where he graduated summa cum laude in 1976. He received his J.D. from UCLA in 1984. During his career spanning a quarter century, Bill has worked in a variety of roles including general counsel to a developer and founder of a leading historic preservation consulting company. Most recently, prior to joining Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLP, Bill was a senior partner at Latham & Watkins, LLP.
Bill has been and continues to be involved in some of the most important land use projects in Southern California, including STAPLES Center, LA Live, Museum of the Motion Picture, the and Harvard-Westlake Middle School. However, his work is not limited to Southern California. One notable example is the Punta Brava resort project in Baja California with its cornerstone Tiger Woods golf course. He also served as special counsel to the Richmond Redevelopment Agency.
In the preservation field, Bill knows this issue thoroughly from all sides though his diverse work with developers, government agencies and community interest groups. His work has included renovation or preservation of scores of important buildings including the Coliseum, the Rose Bowl, Fox Studios, Union Station, Greek Theater, old Vibiana cathedral, Engine Co. No. 28, the Wiltern Theater and the Ford Assembly Building. However, as an expert in CEQA and redevelopment, he also has represented many developers and property owners seeking approval and market rate housing, cultural venues and economic development and community revitalization projects.
Given the complexity of some of his projects, Bill has become a leader in seeking development rights for his clients through the use of specific plans and other creative flexible entitlements, including LA Live, USC's master plans and a mixed use project in San Bernardino County that includes over 5,000 housing units. In his affordable housing work, Bill has assisted a number of clients in creative tools and entitlements for mixed income projects, including Playa Capital, NBC Universal and Apartment Investment Management Co.
From his background in working with community organizations, Bill has been acknowledged for successfully resolving many contentious disputes through creative settlement agreements. His work on behalf of Majestic Realty in settling the dispute over the Cornfields project has been the subject of journal articles and seminars. This same approach allowed development to proceed at the first phase of Lytle Creek and the Expo Center in Exposition Park. In some instances, Bill has helped preclude opposition and gain support for projects through community benefits agreements such as with LA Live. Bill regularly presents seminars on CEQA, historic preservation, historic and low-income housing tax credits and other reuse incentives. He is also the author of a number of publications, including a case study guide booklet, "Affordable Housing Through Historic Preservation," published jointly by the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. His journal article, "Low Income and Rehabilitation Tax Credits in An Increasing Tax Rate Environment," was presented at the 1994 USC Federal Tax Institute.
In 2007, Bill was named Land Use Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine. He was also honored as California Preservationist of the Year in 1996. Throughout his career, Bill has founded or been active in a number of non-profit groups. He was the founding president of two organizations: the Hollywood Community Housing Corporation and Vibiana Arts Project. In 1992, he was President of the Board of California Preservation Foundation. He has served on the board of Directors of Partners for Sacred Places, Shelter Partnership, LA Community Design Center and Homeless Health Care of Los Angeles.