Alice Suet Yee Barkley

Of Counsel

  • Alice Suet Yee Barkley
  • Phone: +1 415 957 3116

    Import to Address Book

  • Duane Morris LLP
    Spear Tower
    One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
    San Francisco, CA 94105-1127

Alice Suet Yee Barkley has advised clients on real estate development projects in and around the city of San Francisco for more than 30 years. She was trained as an architect and began her legal career in the San Francisco City Attorney's office. Ms. Barkley has extensive experience developing political strategies to complement her knowledge of the Planning Code. 

Ms. Barkley is a 1977 graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Development
  • Land Use

Representative Matters

  • Adaptive reuse of the Hills Brothers Coffee Plant at The Embarcadero. This project also involved legislation to exempt the office component from the Downtown Plan office annual limitation.

  • Adaptive reuse of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Building as the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Stockton Street.

  • Entitlement work for the San Francisco Medical Center of Kaiser Permanente including the North Wing Addition to Kaiser's Geary Street hospital; the new Kaiser Medical Office Building on Geary Boulevard that required amendments to the Planning Code to increase the FAR, height and permitted uses; and the new outpatient Clinic Building on Divisadero Boulevard that also required reclassification of property and approval from the Redevelopment Agency to construct a replacement residential building at 2139 O'Farrell Street.

  • St. Regis Hotel/Condominium at Third and Mission. This project is located in the redevelopment area.

  • Residential Development on the Old Shriner Hospital site for Riding Group/Catellus.

  • A 300-unit residential building at Fourth and Freelon Streets. This project involved amending the Planning Code to allow market rate housing units, increase the height limit, dwelling unit density and creating special affordable housing requirements.

  • Affordable housing projects including 84 low-income senior housing units above the Broadway Tunnel that required reclassification of the air right above the Broadway Tunnel from Public Use to residential use, negotiate a lease from the City and County of San Francisco, and as well as setting up strategy to defeat a referendum against the reclassification of the air right.

  • The Chinatown North Beach Campus for the San Francisco City College.

  • Advising client on Planning and Building Code issues.

  • Various residential and mixed-use (residential/retail) development ranging from 2 to 300+ units, including units in the Eastern Neighborhood Plan Areas.


  • California


  • University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, J.D., 1977
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.Arch., 1963


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2015-present
  • McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
    - Contract Attorney, 2012-2015
  • Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP
    - Contract Attorney, 2003-2012
  • Law Offices of Alice Barkley
    - Owner, 1984-2003

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco

Honors and Awards