Syvia represents a variety of business clients in all aspects of their operations, including entity formation, drafting buyout agreements among co-owners, drafting and reviewing commercial agreements, providing general corporate counseling, and representing clients in business mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.
Syvia’s land use practice includes representing commercial, industrial and residential developers and property owners in obtaining or opposing land use approvals in cities throughout the Bay Area. She has worked with clients to obtain conditional use permits and variances and assisted clients in obtaining project approvals for common interest developments and live-work projects (rental).
Syvia received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1994 where she was Associate Executive Editor of the Constitutional Law Quarterly, and her B.A. summa cum laude from Whittier College in Whittier, California, in 1991. Prior to joining MBV Law LLP, Syvia practiced with the Oakland law firm of Stein, Rudser, Cohen & Magid LLP, first as an associate and then as a partner. Early in her legal career, Syvia worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, Region 5, with a principal focus on environmental compliance and general litigation matters.
Syvia is a member of the Alameda County Bar Association where she has been active in its Business Section, serving on the Business Section’s Executive Committee. For six years Syvia served on the board of directors of Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation, a California nonprofit corporation, including one year as the board president. Syvia and her family live in San Francisco where she enjoys playing co-ed softball in the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department league and taking “urban hikes” around the City.