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Marc R. Bruner



Marc Bruner represents governmental entities and private companies in a wide variety of environmental matters. He regularly works with clients in resolving complex compliance issues under the federal Clean Water Act, the California Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, the federal and California Endangered Species Acts, the National Environmental Policy Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Integrated Waste Management Act, and the panoply of California laws and regulations governing water supply, air quality, coastal development, development along the banks of streams and rivers, historic resources, and the management and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes.

Marc is particularly well-versed in the rules and regulations governing the management of industrial, municipal and construction stormwater and the treatment and discharge of process wastewater under federal NPDES permits and state law waste discharge requirements. He is very familiar with the recent developments in this rapidly emerging area of the law, and with the regulations and proceedings of the State Water Resources Control Board and the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards. He has advised companies and local governments on a broad range of stormwater and wastewater compliance issues.

Marc has a keen understanding of the differences between the federal and state law requirements as well as the areas of overlap and the opportunities and best practices for coordination. Marc also understands the strategic and practical considerations involved in negotiating compliance issues with the federal and state regulators.

Marc is co-author of the chapters covering wetlands and endangered species in Curtin's California Land Use and Planning Law, a leading treatise routinely relied upon by landowners, developers and local governments throughout the state. He speaks regularly on environmental and land use topics, including CEQA, NEPA, water quality, wetlands and endangered species and water supply requirements for new developments.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 - Present: Litigation - Environmental

Related Employment

  • Bingham McCutchen LLP, Walnut Creek & San Francisco, CA, 2000 - 2010 (Partner, 2005 - 2010)
  • Cutler & Stanfield LLP, Washington, D.C., 1996 - 1998
  • Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, LLP (now WilmerHale), Washington, D.C., 1995 - 1996


  • Hon. José A. Cabranes, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, 1993 - 1994


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1993
    Managing Editor, Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities
  • Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • California