Robert Williamson has been a member of Hart, King & Coldren’s litigation and land use practice since 1998. Mr. Williamson has extensive experience representing property owners with issues involving land use matters, takings claims and regulatory compliance. He represents property owners in state and federal courts defending premises liability, discriminatory housing practices and regulatory violation claims. In rent control jurisdictions, Mr. Williamson serves as either a liaison or advocate for property owners before county and city agencies. Mr. Williamson has assisted with drafting proposed state and local legislation affecting housing issues.
- Successfully invalidation of city adopted voter initiative for national client that subject to restrictive rent control.
- Successful closure of the landmark Treasure Island Trailer Park in Laguna Beach and subsequent sale and redevelopment of the property for national client.
- Successful defense of major California developer against investor litigation, charging fraud and other malfeasance in development of luxury housing subdivision.
- Favorable bankruptcy litigation work out for clients’ major claim against debtor attempted novel “pre bankruptcy planning” conversion of non exempt assets into exempt assets.
- Successful representation of property owners and developers with strategic planning and implementation of the Counties of Negotiated favorable resolution of community owners claims against the City of Santa Cruz rent control regulations which resulted in negotiated amendments to the City’s rent control ordinance, exempting these communities from that control.
- All U.S. District Courts in California
- U.S. Tax Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- Northrop University School of Law, El Segundo, CA, J.D. 1976
- University of San Diego School of Law, L.L.M.
- University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, B.S., 1968
- California State Bar Association
- Orange County Bar Association