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Cecily T. Barclay | Connect CRE

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Cecily T. Barclay


Perkins Coie

Chair of the real estate and land use practice at Perkins Coie

Assists landowners, developers, and public agencies throughout California

Significant experience in processing entitlements for redevelopment and expansion

Firmwide chair of the real estate and land use practice at Perkins Coie, Cecily Barclay focuses her practice on land use and entitlements, real estate acquisition and development, and local government law. She regularly assists landowners, developers, and public agencies throughout California in all aspects of acquisition, entitlement, and development of land, including land use application processing, drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, negotiating and securing the approval of development agreements, general plan amendments, specific plans, planned development zoning, annexations, initiatives and referenda, and tentative and final subdivision maps.  

Current projects include redevelopment of land for market rate and affordable housing, life science campuses, hotels and resorts, and transit-oriented mixed-use development projects. 

Based in the firm’s San Fransico office, Barclay has significant experience in processing entitlements for redevelopment and expansion of regional retail centers, resort hotels, and entertainment centers, biotech/R&D campuses, large mixed-use master-planned communities, and multi-faceted reuse of former military facilities and other infill development sites.  

Her work extensively involves advising on land use initiatives, negotiating school fee mitigation agreements, preparing conservation easements to mitigate for loss of biological resources, and drafting affordable housing programs, Williamson Act contracts, and related issues pertaining to agricultural properties. She assists local agencies in drafting ordinances relating to updating general plans and housing elements, planned development zoning, specific plans, mitigation fees, affordable housing, and growth management.  

Barclay’s practice also focuses on how agencies and developers can apply state housing laws, particularly anti-NIMBY (Housing Accountability Act) and density bonus laws. 

These are some of the reasons that we named Barclay to our National grouping of Lawyers in Real Estate. These are real estate attorneys who have distinguished themselves in both their practice and the larger community. 


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).