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MEO Helps to Preserve Napa County’s Agricultural Character

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Working with a neighboring landowner, and supported by an outpouring of eloquent community members, the Land Use team at MEO successfully helped to convince the Napa County Planning Commission and Napa County Airport Land Use Commission to disapprove a proposed “personal use helipad” on rural, agricultural land. Attorney Scott Emblidge and Planning Consultant Deborah Holley presented arguments about, among other things, the project’s inconsistency with the County’s planning priorities of reserving agricultural land for agricultural purposes.

See also, “Napa County commissions turn down proposed Palmaz heliport,” Napa Valley Register, September 6, 2017

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Lawyers tend to talk a lot and give a lot of stock advice.

Remarkably, they often don’t take the time to listen or to ask questions, like “what’s really important to you in this deal,” or “what would be the best outcome for you in this conflict?” That’s because too many lawyers substitute their judgment for yours. They provide legal advice without prioritizing your business or public policy goals. And the results are predictable: Excessive costs, cases that drag on indefinitely, and deals that languish for years.

We believe that a legal strategy should fit your goals, not the other way around. Whether you’re applying for a building permit, working through a partnership dispute, or facing a litigation threat, we make sure to understand your business first so that our actions never threaten your larger objectives or your relationships.

We believe in a straightforward and pragmatic approach to legal issues. Why line up ten expert witnesses when you only need one articulate and credible guru? Why turn a simple term sheet into a twenty-page manifesto? We staff our cases leanly and only perform work that advances your legal priorities.

And we believe in making lifelong clients. Most of our work comes from repeat clients and referrals from existing clients and other lawyers. That’s because we manage our cases cost-effectively, work hard to earn our clients’ trust, and treat our clients’ businesses, deals, and policy objectives, as our own.

Can working with a lawyer be a pleasant or rewarding experience? We think so. Give us a try.

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