G. Inder Khalsa is a senior attorney in Richards, Watson & Gershon's Public Law Department and a member of the firm's Public Agency & Municipal Law Group. Her practice encompasses a range of administrative and transactional public law matters with a particular focus on land use, planning, zoning, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), affordable housing, and real estate matters. She also counsels local governments on all aspects of municipal governance, including the interpretation, application of, and compliance with the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, and other conflict of interest and ethics laws.
Inder brings considerable land use and housing experience to RWG's public law team. Her expertise includes subdivisions, development agreements, real estate transactions, land use entitlements, and development impact fees. Clients also seek her counsel on the Housing Choice Voucher Program (section 8), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations, affordable housing requirements, inclusionary housing ordinances, substandard housing issues, and code enforcement.
Through an approach that is both pragmatic and mindful of the interplay between law and politics, Inder helps her clients successfully navigate the varied challenges typical of complex land use and housing projects. She translates dense legal language into clear and simple terms, listens to and articulates the needs of all parties, and when possible, skillfully steers multiple stakeholders toward compromise.
Prior to returning to the firm in 2015, she served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Vallejo where she represented and advised the city's Economic Development Department advising the city on land use planning, real estate, and environmental law issues, staffing Planning Commission, and representing the Housing Authority and Successor Agency. During the three years Inder worked in Vallejo, she represented the City in complex negotiations with developers, responsible parties, and state and federal agencies. She negotiated several large and complex real estate and land use transactions. Before that, she was an RWG attorney for over 10 years during which time she served as Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Fairfield, Mill Valley, and Town of Ross, as well as advising multiple joint powers authorities.
Inder is admitted to practice in California..
B.A. Honors, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1997
J.D., Order of the Coif, University of California School of Law,