David Temblador is a land use expert with extensive experience counseling clients in complex entitlement acquisition, state and federal environmental permitting and environmental litigation. Although David's practice touches on all aspects of private real estate development, his particular emphasis is on the processing and defense of complex and/or controversial land use matters.

David's legal expertise is framed by a keen understanding and appreciation for governmental affairs and community relations. In addition to providing seasoned legal advice on complex regulatory matters, David also provides counsel to clients in the areas of political strategy and media relations. As a result, David has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of high profile land use projects before elected and appointed bodies in jurisdictions throughout California and his land use expertise has resulted in tens of thousands of acres of residential, retail, commercial, mixed use, industrial and institutional development approvals.

David's practice also extends to environmental litigation, with a particular emphasis on writ litigation under the California Environmental Quality Act. He has successfully defended clients land use entitlements, permits, and vested rights in courts throughout Northern and Southern California.

A long-time resident of Sacramento, David has served on numerous non-profits boards and community associations including, most recently, as the president of the E. Claire Raley Studies for the Performing Arts. In addition, prior to moving to Sacramento, David served a two-year term as an elected member of the City of San Diego Redevelopment Agency's Downtown Project Area Committee where he represented citizens in the East Village community of Downtown San Diego.

A member of the California, American and Sacramento County Bar Associations, David received his B.A. in History from California State University, Fullerton, in 1996, where he was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. He received his J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law, in 2000. David is also a recipient of the Wiley W. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services.

Professional and Civic Activities
  • 2018 – 2022 E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts (CLARA Midtown) – Board of Directors; 2020 – 2022 Board President
  • 2014 –2017 Sacramento Ballet – Board of Directors
  • 2013 – 2021 Region Business/Region Builders – Board of Directors; 2015 – 2017 Board President and PAC Chair
  • 2011 – 2012 Sacramento Metro Chamber, State Legislative Summit – Co-Chair Land Use and Natural Resource Team
  • 2001 – 2016 Sacramento Metro Chamber, Capitol to Capital – Land Use and Natural Resource Team
  • 2008 – 2009 Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Transition Team – Policy Team Lead
  • 2004 – 2006 Natomas Community Foundation – Board of Directors
  • 1999 – 2001 Centre City Development Corporation, Downtown Project Area Committee – Elected Representative
  • Sacramento County Bar Association – Environmental Law Section
  • California Bar Association – Real Property and Environmental Law Section
  • Urban Land Institute – Sacramento Chapter
  • North State Building Industry Association
  • Association of General Contractors
  • California Construction Materials Industry Association
  • Western State Petroleum Association
  • Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce