For local governments, he has drafted municipal code chapters and ordinances, reviewed and prepared contracts, counseled a flood control agency on regulatory matters involving NPDES permits and the State Water Board, and prosecuted code violations.
Mr. Pilchen specializes in land use issues such as those involving general plans, non-conforming rights, affordable housing and density bonus laws, eminent domain, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Subdivision Map Act, the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), and state and local legislation of medical marijuana.
As a licensed land surveyor, his expertise includes boundaries, easements, title issues, and A.L.T.A. surveys.
Mr. Pilchen teaches seminars on subdivision law and speaks on real property topics to law schools, public agencies, California Map Society, and bar associations.