Disclaimer: I think the answer is no, but consider this:
I'm a planner. I'm not a land use lawyer and have no law background. That said, I've found over the (admittedly brief) course of my career that dealing with the implications of land use law and the potential for a suit takes up at least 50% of my time. The possibility of legal action has a profound influence on all of our operations - the municipality operates in constant fear of lawsuit by developers. We are on the phone with our legal consultants multiple times per week to consult on a variety of issues, whether they be EISs we are working through with the local boards, contentious development projects that require us to cover our a$$es from every conceivable angle, or working out the wording of a particular document we are working on so that no one could find a loophole to use against us. We use consultant land use attorneys rather than our corporation counsel because although he's good, we really need people who specialize in land use to cover all our bases. Lately, a pending lawsuit over a proposed project has caused us to start sending out comments on a particular EIS to local boards via snail mail instead of email because all of our emails will be FOILed eventually. This is craziness, but is the day to day reality here. I double and triple-think every single thing I do here for its legal implications and it's making me a bit paranoid.
Thinking of the other thread on proactive vs reactive planning brought this to light. Legally speaking, it's such a hostile environment around here that I'd almost wonder if a land use lawyer would make a better planner, or at least someone with a dual background (do such people exist?) Forget proactive planning, sustainable development, or any of that fluffy & fuzzy high concept stuff... it's all about not getting sued. Thoughts?