Seth Merewitz


Tel: (213) 787-2567


At a Glance

Seth heads BB&K’s Public-Private Partnership group.

He focuses on municipal law and complex real estate development, entitlements, land use matters and public-private partnerships.

His many projects include residential master-planned communities, military base re-use, industrial, in-fill and mixed-use development, shopping centers and infrastructure financing. 

Seth Merewitz provides advisory and transactional services to public agencies, developers, landowners and other private entities. He is a partner in the Municipal Law practice group and heads the Public-Private Partnership group at Best Best & Krieger LLP.

Seth has 20 years of experience working on the structuring, risk identification and transfer, and legal matters on public-private partnership transactions. He has extensive experience in infrastructure projects, as well as military base reuse, master-planned communities, shopping centers, industrial and hospitality projects. He advises both municipalities and private equity funds, investors and landowners on all aspects of public-private transactions, from due diligence through procurement, documentation, approval and implementation. He has led and facilitated teams to successful outcomes. Seth is a frequent speaker at local, state and national conferences on P3 topics and has written extensively on the topic for state and national publications.

Seth is assisting on several P3 efforts including the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, Hotel and Convention Center for the San Diego Unified Port District. This hybrid infrastructure/real estate P3 project is in the process of structuring a destination hotel and convention center, including the financing of off-site public infrastructure, public amenities and environmental enhancements. In 2018, the Daily Journal recognized him as a Top 100 Attorney in California for his critical role on the impactful project.

Previously, Seth was involved with the Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority’s $400 million jointly funded (state, local and private) P3 levee improvement project. In this effort, Seth represented the joint landowners group comprising developers and more than a dozen national homebuilders. The resulting P3 financing structure included state grants, revenue bonds and other debt supported by special taxes. This innovative financing has received several national awards and is highly regarded as delivering not just the needed public safety improvements, but also extensive environmental benefits.

Professional and Community Involvement
Seth is a member of the Urban Land Institute. He is part of the leadership of the Los Angeles District Council and served on the national ULI Residential Neighborhood Development Product Council.

Prior to joining the firm in 2010, he was a shareholder with McDonough Holland & Allen in Sacramento. He served as contract city attorney for the City of Marysville, and was appointed Planning Commissioner in Yolo County. 


  • University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Davis, B.A.


  • California
New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part II
Legal Alerts Jan 10, 2019

New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part II

Housing and Land Use and Environmental Laws Saw Changes in 2019

AB 2035: New Tax Increment Financing for Shelters and Affordable Housing
Legal Alerts Oct 02, 2018

AB 2035: New Tax Increment Financing for Shelters and Affordable Housing

California Lawmakers Continue to Address Housing Crisis

California Governor Extends CEQA Litigation Streamlining Provisions for Large Projects Promoting Job Creation and Innovative Technologies
Legal Alerts Aug 30, 2016

California Governor Extends CEQA Litigation Streamlining Provisions for Large Projects Promoting Job Creation and Innovative Technologies

Law Will Expedite Schedules for Qualified Projects

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 10, 2016

Innovative Public-Private Partnership for the New Long Beach Civic Center

  • “Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month,” BBKnowledge, May 23, 2017
  • “Riverside County Issues RFP for Broadband Infrastructure,” BBKnowledge, April 5, 2017
  • “Can “Big Brother” Bring Big Improvements to Provision of Local Government Services?,” BBKnowledge, Aug. 12, 2016
  • “Wastewater Treatment Becomes Another Area for Public-Private Partnership,” BBKnowledge, July 27, 2016 
  • “Scholarship Available for Public Officials to Attend ULI’s Fall Meeting in Dallas,” BBKnowledge, July 25, 2016
  • "Major P3 DBFOM Procurement Planned for LAX Modernization," PublicCEO, Dec. 4, 2015
  • "SB 107 Brings Significant Changes to Redevelopment Dissolution Law," BB&K Legal Alert, Oct. 8, 2015
  • “Redevelopment 2.0... This Time for Real!” BB&K Legal Alert, Sept. 25, 2015
  • "Despite Delays, California Cities Moving Forward on Selling Redevelopment Properties," BBKnowledge, Aug. 21, 2015
  • "New Law Promotes Social Infrastructure P3 in a California City," BBKnowledge, Aug. 17, 2015
  • “More Than $200 Million Available to Support California Businesses,” BBKnowledge, July 22, 2015
  • "Community-Based P3 Programs for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure," BBKnowledge, July 21, 2015
  • “Housing and Sustainability Projects in California Awarded Millions,” BBKnowledge, July 7, 2015
  • “An Air of Cooperation: The Residential Zero Net Energy Action Plan and its Implications for Local Governments and Agencies,” BBKnowledge, June 29, 2015
  • “CityLinkLA: Broadband Access for All,” BBKnowledge, June 24, 2015
  • “Recent Conference Highlights Risks and Opportunities in an Evolving P3 Market,” BBKnowledge, June 24, 2015
  • "Understanding the 4 "P's" Before the P3 (Public-Private Partnership)" California Special District Magazine, June 12, 2015
  • “Santa Paula’s Water Recycling Facility Purchase Caps Successful Public-Private Partnership,” BBKnowledge, May 19, 2015
  • "Understanding the 4 "P's" Before the P3 (Public-Private Partnership)," PublicCEO, Feb. 28, 2015
  • "California Public Utilities Commission to Approval Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing," BB&K Legal Alert, Dec. 05, 2014
  • "Legislation Broadening Infrastructure Financing Districts Signed by Gov. Brown," BB&K Legal Alert, Oct. 6, 2014
  • “GO-Biz Announces $150 Million in Tax Credits Available for FY 2014-15,” BBKnowledge, Sept. 18, 2014
  • “How to Land Projects in California,” Site Selection, Sept. 12, 2014
  • “Highlights from the Build America P3 Infrastructure Investment Summit,” BBKnowledge, Sept. 10, 2014
  • “U.S. is Potentially the Largest Market for P3’s in the World,” BBKnowledge, Sept. 10, 2014
  • “Legislature Approves Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts; Awaiting Governor Signature,” BBKnowledge, Aug. 31, 2014
  • “President Announces Public-Private Partnership Initiative for Infrastructure Development,” BBKnowledge, July 18, 2014
  • “Secondary Real Estate Markets are Worth a Second Look,” BBKnowledge, June 24, 2014
  • “Post-Redevelopment Creativity: Public Benefit Incentive Zoning,” BBKnowledge, May 27, 2014
  • “USDA Announces Economic Development Grants to Rural Communities,” BB&K Legal Alert, May 9, 2014
  • “Post-Redevelopment, Lawyers Navigate Labyrinth of Subsidies for Affordable Housing,” The Daily Journal, April 8, 2014
  • “Investing In California’s Water Conference Convenes Industry Thought Leaders,” BBKnowledge, Feb.19, 2014
  • “ULI Report “After Redevelopment” Proposes Tools to Promote Local Economic Development,” BBKnowledge, Jan. 3, 2014
  • “California Authorizes Alternative Procurement Method for Public Construction Projects,” BB&K Legal Alert, April 7, 2014
  • “Proposal May Help Cities Finance Projects,” The Daily Journal, March 24, 2014
  • “Developers in California Should Be Aware of Changes in the Regulatory Landscape,” Riverside Press-Enterprise, May 20, 2013
  • “Redevelopment in California After the Demise of RDAs,” Los Angeles Lawyer, Feb. 22, 2013
  • "Exactions and Impact Fees in California Published by Solano Press Books," Solano Press Books, May 1, 2012


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