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525 B Street, Suite 2200
San Diego, California 92101
Direct Phone: 619.525.3804
Direct Fax: 619.398.0134
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Evelyn F. Heidelberg


Evelyn's practice emphasizes business, real estate, land use and environmental litigation. She has successfully represented businesses, governmental entitles, non-profit organizations and individuals in state and federal courts. A particular emphasis of her litigation practice is defending mortgage lenders and servicers against predatory lending and wrongful foreclosure claims.

Evelyn also has an active land use and environmental transactional practice. She represents developers in obtaining land use entitlements and advises businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals on land use and environmental compliance matters.

Prior to joining Procopio, she was Of Counsel with Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles. Prior to practicing law, Evelyn was an independent consultant on environmental and governmental relations for major manufacturing and trade association clients. She also represented developers and building industry associations on environmental issues and worked as a city and regional planner in southern California and Virginia.

Representative Matters 
  • Successfully represented municipality in judicial challenge of Local Agency Formation Commission’s denial of annexation of land owned by major national retailer.
  • Conducted land use due diligence for numerous clients in jurisdictions throughout San Diego County and elsewhere in California with respect to prospective residential, commercial, industrial and mixed use projects.
  • Represented major national non-profit sports organizations against class action claims alleging gender discrimination under the Unruh Civil Rights Act.
  • Represents coastal property owners in obtaining Coastal Development Permits from municipality and Coastal Commission.
  • Represents property owners in eminent domain actions.
  • Represented Geological Hazard Abatement District in obtaining Coastal Development Permit from Coastal Commission for seawall.
  • Represents defendants in Proposition 65 (failure to warn and discharges to sources of drinking water).
  • Represents defendants in action alleging violation of Political Reform Act reporting requirements.
  • Moved to dismiss numerous suits in federal and state courts alleging predatory lending and wrongful foreclosure claims.
  • Represented religious institution in appeal to City Council of Planning Commission denial of increase in limit on number of students at tenant charter school.
  • Represented applicant to Local Agency Formation Commission for approval of annexation.
  • Represented charter school in obtaining from school district an exemption from local land use regulations.
  • Obtained summary judgment for business charged with age discrimination under the Unruh Civil Rights Act.
  • Represented developers in several actions seeking to quiet title against adverse claims interfering with entitlements.
  • Represented children's museum in successful defense of entitlements to construct major new facility.
  • Represented condominium converters in litigation challenging municipality's exemption of such projects under the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") and the Subdivision Map Act.
  • Represented high-tech, petroleum, auto and sports equipment/clothing manufacturers in defending against Proposition 65 failure to warn and discharge to drinking water claims.
  • Represented developers in successful opposition to applications for temporary restraining orders in actions challenging commercial and residential projects on grounds of noncompliance with CEQA and the Coastal Act.
  • Represented major oil companies in cases brought by District Attorneys alleging violation of underground storage tank regulations, and related statutory and common law violations.
  • Represented plaintiff in action for trespass, nuisance, unfair business practices and unjust enrichment against commercial neighbor; defeated anti-SLAPP motion to strike.
  • Represent potentially responsible parties in suits under federal and state Superfund laws.
  • Represent owner of office property in successfully obtaining amendment to municipality's ordinance placing moratorium on rental of property for continued office use.
  • Represent landowner with respect to development of Mid-Coast Corridor Project involving temporary and permanent takings and other impacts.
  • Represented developer of single-family homes in successfully defending against neighbors’ appeals to San Diego City Council.
  • Represented property owner in successfully obtaining subdivision map waiver from City of San Diego’s Development Services Department.
  • Represented property owner in opposing neighbor’s proposed single-family development on beachfront in La Jolla Shores.
  • Represented condominium owners in successfully obtaining from San Diego City Council extensions to subdivision maps.
  • Represented developer of downtown San Diego waterfront mixed use redevelopment project with respect to CEQA issues.
  • Represented property owner in opposing a municipality’s infrastructure finance plan on constitutional and other grounds.
  • JD, Pacific McGeorge School of Law, valedictorian, 1991
  • MA (Urban and Regional Planning), University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • BA, University of Delaware, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Community Involvement
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • City Ballet of San Diego – Board of Directors
  • Home Start – Board of Directors
  • NAIOP – Legislative Committee
  • Urban Land Institute

 Recent News Coverage

Recent Publications Recent Seminars 
  • Moderator. "San Diego's Climate Action Plan: Opportunities, challenges and the bottom line," Urban Land Institute San Diego-Tijuana, San Diego, CA, June 9, 2015.
  • “AB 1103: Energy Benchmarking and Disclosures for Commercial Buildings,” Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, May 14, 2013.