Karina K. Samaniego

Special Counsel
San Diego

Karina K. Samaniego is Special Counsel in DWK’s San Diego office. She has represented school and community college districts, and other public agencies, in negotiating and drafting property, facility, construction, and business agreements.  Her expertise includes property purchase, sales, transfers, exchanges, and dedications; ground leases; solar agreements; lease-leasebacks; cell tower agreements; developer fee and mitigation agreements, and facility use agreements.

Her practice includes guiding clients through the CDE site approval and DTSC oversight processes, assisting school districts with CEQA compliance including, preparation of Notices of Exemption, and analysis of Environmental Impact Reports, Mitigation, Monitoring and Reporting Plans and Notices of Determination, and managing stop payment notices, subcontractor claims, and related discovery.  She also assists school districts with charter school issues, including facilities requests under Proposition 39, PRA requests and responses, and charter school location disputes

Prior to working at DWK, Karina was a real estate attorney at several regional law firms where she specialized in complex property transactions for both private and public clients.  She has presented seminars and workshops to clients and industry groups, such as California School Boards Association (CSBA) and Sacramento Association of Realtors (SAR), on topics such as solar energy projects, application of the CALGreen Code and state climate change laws, and property purchase agreements.

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