Clarissa R. Canady

San Francisco

TEL: 415.543.4111


FAX: 415.543.4384


Clarissa R. Canady is in our San Francisco office and member of the firm’s Business and Property, Litigation and Charter Schools Practice Groups. She has represented public entities in real property transactions and land use issues her entire career. Her practice includes property acquisition and disposition, leasing, construction financing, compliance with statutory and regulatory procedures such as California Environmental Quality Act, Field Act and other related land use matters.

Clarissa has handled a variety of environmental law issues on behalf of public entities. Her practice includes significant work in assisting school districts with compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, including, analysis and preparation of Notices of Exemption, Initial Studies, Notices of Preparation, Negative Declarations, all forms of Environmental Impact Reports, Mitigation, Monitoring and Reporting Plans and Notices of Determination. Clarissa also handles a range of litigation matters brought against school districts under CEQA. She handles matters involving acquisition of property under the California Eminent Domain Law, including site selection, appraisal and title review, acquisition negotiations, relocation assistance, statutory notices to property owners, governing board resolutions and findings. Clarissa handles all aspects of eminent domain litigation from the filing of condemnation actions to obtaining the final order of condemnation for school district clients. She also advises school districts on charter school facilities issues, including state funding under Proposition 1D and facilities requests under Proposition 39. Clarissa has presented at numerous CLE seminars covering topics such as eminent domain law, valuing contaminated property, redevelopment and regulatory takings. She is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker.


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D.)
University of California, Berkeley (B.A.)


State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Memberships & Associations

Appraisal Institute, Associate Member

Practice Areas Business and Property , Charter Schools , Board Ethics, Transparency and Accountability , Construction , Litigation , Community Colleges / Higher Education , Public Entities, Nonprofit Corporations and Independent Schools