Julie Hamill, Attorney

Julie Hamill
Julie is a lawyer with the law firm of Harris Bricken. She focuses on real estate and land use issues, assisting clients with entitlements, zoning, development, commercial leasing, acquisitions, due diligence, and dispute resolution. Julie’s passion for real estate led her to obtain her broker’s license, and she provides her clients with practical and holistic solutions encompassing legal, business, and political concerns.
Julie’s background as a city prosecutor and municipal litigator enables her to skillfully advise clients regarding strategies for controversial projects in heavily regulated industries, including cannabis, hemp and alcohol. She regularly writes and speaks about local government law and policy, and legal and ethical issues in the cannabis industry in light of California’s Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.
When she’s not writing, speaking or practicing law, you can find Julie on stage at the world famous Hermosa Beach Lighthouse singing with her band, working to resolve community issues as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, or spending time at the beach with her husband and three sons.
Julie’s realm of expertise encompasses the following:
  1. Commercial Leases
  2. Development Agreements
  3. Purchase Agreements
  4. Escrow
  5. Conditional Use Permits
  6. Variances and Zone Change Applications
  7. Development Planning and Strategy
  8. Regulatory Guidance
  9. Dispute Resolution
  10. Local Government Law and Strategy


More About Julie

Representative Work

Drafted and negotiated commercial leases for tenant and landlord clients.

Negotiated development agreements with local governments to secure long term entitlements for industrial and commercial development projects.

Advised commercial property owners on local government strategy to optimize land value and avoid litigation.

Negotiated with local government and neighbors on behalf of residential property owner to maximize land value, accelerate development and avoid litigation.

Represented city in obtaining multimillion dollar settlement from energy company in connection with wildfire caused by faulty powerline equipment.

Represented school district in connection with changing elections method to avoid litigation under the California Voting Rights Act.

Represented multiple property owners in connection with removing and reducing code enforcement fines and liens.

Represented bars, restaurants and other heavily regulated operators in connection with obtaining and preserving entitlements.

Represented buyers and sellers in connection with real property purchase and sale.

Advised commercial and residential buyers and sellers during escrow process.

Represented interested parties in connection with Public Records Act requests to local governments.

Represented appellant in connection with Elections Code violation by local government.

Advised property owners with regard to rights and obligations on non-conforming property.

Provided expert witness consultations in connection with cannabis leasing in the City of Los Angeles.

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, “Development and Land Use in the Age of COVID-19,” Continuing Education of the Bar, May 26, 2020.

Moderator, “SB 330 From the Trenches,” Los Angeles County Bar Association, March 20, 2020.

Moderator, “Land Use Entitlements: California’s Other Full Contact Sport,” Los Angeles County Bar Association, February 26, 2020.

“Cannabis Law and Current Real Estate Issues,” California Association of Realtors Legal Affairs Forum, Los Angeles, California, September 27, 2019.

Understanding the Potential of Blockchain Panel, National Federation of Municipal Analysts, May 10, 2019.

Digitizing Local Government Services,” Presented by the National League of Cities, International City/County Management Association (IMCA), and Government Finance Officers Association, Washington, DC., February 21, 2019.

Real Estate and Land Use Panel, The Business of Marijuana in Northern California, The Seminar Group, January 17 and 18, 2019.

Ethically Navigating Local and State Licensing for Cannabis Businesses,” CEB, December 7, 2018.

2018 Update: Land Use & Zoning Regulation of Cannabis Businesses,” CEB, June 20, 2018.

“Local Law and Land Use Panel, Medical and Recreational Marijuana in Southern California,” The Seminar Group, March 29 and 30, 2018.

What You Need to Know Now to Get Your California Cannabis License on January 1,” Harris Bricken webinar, December 18, 2017.

California Medical Cannabis Licensing: What You Need to Know Now,” Harris Bricken webinar, June 1, 2017.

Media Appearances


Regular contributor to the award-winning Canna Law Blog.

Blockchain Technology: Local Government Applications and Challenges, An International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) White Paper, November 2018.

A Comprehensive Update to MAUCRSA: California Cannabis Regulation and Risks of Leasing Real Property to Cannabis Businesses, CEB RPLR, May 2018.

Cryptic Coinage,” Culture B2B, February, 2018.

From MMRSA to MCRSA to MAUCRSA: The Current State of Affairs in California Cannabis Regulation and Risks of Leasing Real Property to Cannabis Businesses, 40 CEB RPLR 101, September 2017.

Proposition 64 and Beyond: Insights From a Former City Prosecutor on the Risks of Leasing to Cannabis Operators in Today’s Legal Landscape, 40 CEB RPLR 28, March 2017.

“Insights From a Former City Prosecutor on the Risks of Leasing to Cannabis Operators,” Real Property Law Reporter, Mar 7, 2017.

Professional Experience

Planning Commissioner for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes

Attorney, Hamill Law

Attorney, Richards, Watson & Gershon

Legal Clerk, United States Department of Justice, National Security Division, Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism

Legislative Research Analyst, National Association of Counties


Executive Committee for the Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Vice Chair of Land Use Subcommittee

Board of Directors, Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors, California Young Lawyers Association, Liaison to Public Law Section, State Bar of California

Editorial Board, Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar

Real Property Advisory Committee, Continuing Education of the Bar

Former Vice President of the International Trade and Investment Law Society, American University Washington College of Law


  • American University Washington College of Law (J.D.)
  • University of San Diego (B.A.)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California


  • Spanish