Santa Clara Hits the Big Time

The new 49ers stadium is a legal wonder and a construction feat

THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE ‘Q’ – THE REGISTRY’S PRINT PUBLICATION – IN JULY 2012

By Doug Caldwell

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]efore the first rivet was ordered for the new San Francisco 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, the owners of the National Football League team, the York family, picked San Francisco law firm Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP to handle the complex negotiations that would make or break the project.

The law firm is known for handling large and complex development projects and for attorney Harry O’Brien, who revels in seemingly impossible deals that move at a snail’s pace. O’Brien, lead attorney for the 49ers on the Santa Clara project, also was immersed in the complexities of getting consensus in famously fractious San Francisco to build a new stadium for the Major League’s Giants. The result is AT&T Park, acclaimed for its architecture and ambiance.

He also has been deeply involved in finding agreement among the developers, the public, environmental groups and state and local governments to allow the Tejon Ranch Co. to develop part of its massive land holdings north of Los Angeles into the state’s newest city, Tejon Mountain Village.

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