Dave Rand specializes in land use law and governmental regulatory matters. His expertise includes various aspects of municipal law, the planning and entitlement process, the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), the Subdivision Map Act, and the Coastal Act. He has represented clients on a wide range of office, residential, retail and mixed use development projects.
Dave’s broader experience includes an extensive background in government and politics. He served as the Political Director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (“AIPAC”) where he managed AIPAC’s political affairs in a large territory covering California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. During this time, he built extensive relationships with elected officials and government staff members at the federal, state and local levels. Dave also previously served as a “Special Assistant” to Governor Gray Davis and as a statewide initiative campaign specialist at the international public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. He has also been active in numerous statewide and local political campaigns.
Dave is very involved with civic and community affairs. He is active in the Los Angeles Jewish community and was selected to be the incoming Chair of the Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California (“JPAC”), the largest single state coalition of Jewish organizations in the nation. Dave will spearhead JPAC’s efforts to develop and promote statewide policies and initiatives of interest to California’s Jewish community.
Dave has also been extensively involved with a number of local business advocacy organizations, as well as in his local community in the San Fernando Valley. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (“VICA”) and served as a Co-Chair of the VICA Land Use Committee. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and the Valley Community Legal Foundation. He gained extensive land use experience at the community level during his four-year tenure as Chair of the Land Use Committee and board member of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council.
In recognition of his civic involvement, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal named Dave one of the “40 under 40” an honor given to the top 40 young leaders in the Valley under 40 years of age.
Dave received his BA in Political Science – Public Service and History from the University of California, Davis in 1998 and his JD from UC Davis School of Law in 2003.