Julie focuses on environmental and land use counseling and litigation for complex development projects. She resolves issues that arise under the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, federal and state species protection statutes, and a range of other local, state and federal statutes and common law doctrines that affect land use. An experienced litigator in California and federal courts, Julie defends projects and uses this experience to help clients obtain the approvals they need while avoiding or minimizing litigation risk.
Julie’s strategic problem solving has assisted in permitting major university, traditional and renewable energy, water supply, maritime, and master planned community projects. Recent successes include:
Assisting Stanford University in obtaining approval of a 1.5-million-square-foot office, research and development and medical clinic project in Redwood City. The project involved complex traffic, air quality and greenhouse gas issues. No CEQA challenge was filed.
Helping a homebuilder with CEQA compliance following litigation. Although some opposition remained, the new CEQA document was not challenged and the project has been successfully completed.
Conducting land use and environmental due diligence – including CEQA, NEPA, endangered species, Federal Land Policy and Management Act and local land use issues – for proposed acquisitions of utility-scale solar projects in California.
Litigation successes include overcoming challenges to a university/county agreement for trails, a transportation sales tax ballot measure, a city/county agreement to provision of urban services, a transportation authority’s light rail extension, and a university development and roadway project. Julie also represented a port in the successful defense of major expansion and dredging projects against NEPA and Endangered Species Act claims.
Julie is the author of the sustainable development chapter of Curtin’s California Land Use and Planning Law and has co-authored the treatise's chapters on federal and state wetland regulation and endangered species protections. She is also a regular contributor to the California Land Use and Development Law Report, http://www.californialandusedevelopmentlaw.com/.
Julie's teaching engagements include sessions on CEQA and NEPA for clients, professionals and industry associations.
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2014: Environmental Law
- Bar Association of San Francisco
- Bingham McCutchen, San Francisco, CA, Of Counsel
- University of California, Berkeley School of Law, (Boalt Hall), JD, 1986
Executive Editor, Ecology Law Quarterly
- Stanford University, B.A., with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1981
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California