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City Attorney Team Spotlight: Supervising Deputy City Attorney Brian Mulry

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Supervising Deputy City Attorney Brian Mulry oversees the Land Use & Planning Unit of our office’s Advisory Division. He supervises a talented group of land use attorneys who help City officials navigate complex housing and development laws.

“Brian Mulry consistently demonstrates high ethical character and is an exemplary attorney as well as an active member of the Oakland community. Brian masterfully oversees the Land Use Unit of the Advisory Division, with a focus on affordable housing development and strategies for public-private partnerships that make affordable housing and transit-oriented developments feasible. Brian negotiates tirelessly on behalf of the City while advising City officials how to preserve the diversity that Oakland is in danger of losing due to the Bay Area’s high cost of living. Brian is also committed to the ethical and independent stances our office adheres to in all facets of our representation of the City.” – City Attorney Barbara J. Parker

Mr. Mulry has nearly 20 years of land use legal experience. He represents the City on large and small land use projects that impact the City’s built environment. Mr. Mulry has a special passion for affordable housing strategies that ensure equal access to housing for those at risk of homelessness or displacement in the increasingly unaffordable and gentrifying Bay Area.

Career Highlights:

  • Supervising Oakland Deputy City Attorney, Land Use Unit (2021-present): Mr. Mulry has advised the City on land use legislation, including those involving Specific Plan adoptions, State Housing Law compliance, Condominium Conversions, the preservation of Live-Work and artist units in the City, and the encouragement of transit-oriented development and affordable housing.
  • Senior Oakland Deputy City Attorney, Land Use Unit (2019-2021): Mr. Mulry assisted the City Administration in response to the pandemic by helping to create the City’s Flex Streets program for outdoor retail and dining, drafting City Administrator orders responding to the pandemic’s impact on processing of development projects, and advising the Planning Commission on remote meeting laws and procedure.
  • Deputy City Attorney III, Land Use Unit (2017-2019): Mr. Mulry advised the City on state law compliance with housing affordability laws and creative approaches to affordable housing and transit-oriented development.
  • Before he joined the Oakland City Attorney’s Office, Mr. Mulry spent 12 years obtaining positive land use results for hundreds of public and private sector clients, whether representing developers, municipalities, a nonprofit land trust, or citizen groups. He represented clients on state land use laws including the Subdivision Map Act, California Environmental Quality Act, the Brown Act (California’s open meeting law), planning and zoning laws, the Housing Accountability Act, the Mitigation Fee Act, negotiation and execution of Conservation Easements, and local General Plans and Municipal Codes.

Mr. Mulry graduated from Vermont Law School with a Juris Doctor degree and Master of Studies in Environmental Law (M.S.E.L.). He began his legal career as a land use associate and later Shareholder at the law firm of Gagen McCoy, Partner at Gordon & Rees and the Buchalter Law Firm.

Mr. Mulry is active in a number of land use organizations throughout the state and country, including the League of California Cities, the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), the World Jurist Association (WJA), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He edited two land use treatises, “Local Land Use Liability” and “Land Use Planning in California – An Essential Reference.” When Mr. Mulry is not practicing land use law, he enjoys skiing, hiking, mentoring and making presentations to Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) youth about environmental justice and housing equality, and spending time with family.

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City Attorney Team Spotlight: Supervising Deputy City Attorney Brian Mulry