Faculty-Lecturer at Berkeley Law School and Adjunct Real Estate Professor and Member of the Haas Professional Faculty
Bill Falik has practiced land use, real estate, and environmental law and mediation in Northern California for the past 40 years and during this period he has pursued a dual career as attorney and real estate developer. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1968 and from Harvard Law School in 1971, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. During his legal career, Mr. Falik has been a partner in three San Francisco law firms in which he chaired the environmental and land use law departments. Currently, he is the Managing Partner of Westpark Community Builders which developed 1,500 acres in Roseville, California and planned and entitled 4300 residential units which were sold to the three largest builders in the United States. Westpark is now developing several masterplanned communities including the 2,200-acre Placer Ranch project in Placer County featuring a new state university campus. In addition, as CEO of Live Oak Enterprises, he has developed the Whitney Oaks master planned community in Rocklin, California with a championship Johnny Miller designed golf course and which included 2,000 homes.
Mr. Falik currently serves on a number of nonprofit Boards and renders real estate development consulting services to diverse clients. In addition, he serves as a mediator and expert witness in complex real estate cases. Mr. Falik has served as a federal district court law clerk in San Francisco and has taught real property law, CEQA, Environmental Law, Land Use Law, and Real Estate Development at the University of San Francisco School of Law where he served as an Assistant Professor. In addition he has served as a Teaching Associate at Boalt Hall. He now teaches interdisciplinary real estate courses as an Adjunct Professor at Berkeley Law School, Haas School of Business and the College of Environmental Design.