Our California Environmental, Land Use, Energy and Resources practice lawyers have counseling and litigation experience in all aspects of development and redevelopment.

Our attorneys are unmatched in the depth and breadth of their experience processing projects and defending cases brought to challenge development plans and entitlements. Our attorneys have worked on many of the highest profile development projects in California, including energy projects; seaport, rail, airport, water supply, wastewater and other infrastructure projects; hospitals; university and college campuses; retail, office, industrial and mixed use projects; planned communities; residential subdivisions and public utility projects. We have defended cases involving commercial and industrial developments, airports, marine terminals, university development plans, air pollution control regulations, reservoirs, water supply plans, wastewater treatment plants, and residential development projects.

Attorneys in the group author some of the most well-recognized treatises in the field, including Curtin's California Land Use and Planning Law, Practice Under the California Environmental Quality Act, The California Subdivision Map Act and the Development Process, and California Administrative Mandamus.

Our attorneys also routinely teach courses to developers, public agencies, consultants and other attorneys, and have presented annual Breakfast Briefings to our clients for 29 years. We have extensive experience with the full range of issues relating to project development and permitting as well as land use and environmental litigation. Our California practice is part of a nationwide group of attorneys focused on environmental, energy, resource and land use matters.

Our experience extends to the full spectrum of land use and environmental laws relating to development in California.  Our California Environmental, Energy, Resources and Land Use practices include counseling and litigation experience in the following areas:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Annexation and Sphere of Influence Decisions involving LAFCOs 
  • Assessments and Taxes, including Mello-Roos Districts and Proposition 218 
  • Brown Act (Open Meeting Law) 
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) 
  • Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions 
  • Coastal Zone Management Act, McAteer-Petris Act and Coastal Act 
  • Condemnation 
  • Conservation Easements and Other Dedications of Development Rights       
  • Design Review and Architectural Review
  • Disposition and Development Agreements
  • Endangered and Threatened Species
  • Energy Infrastructure Development
  • Energy Regulation
  • Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA)
  • Fees, Dedications, Exactions and Other Conditions Of Approval
  • General Plans
  • Geologic Hazard Abatement Districts (GHADs)
  • Historical, Cultural and Archeological Resources
  • Improvement Agreements
  • Initiatives and Referenda  
  • Land Use Due Diligence
  • Local Government Law
  • Master Planned Communities
  • Military Base Reuse 
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Owner Participation Agreements 
  • Public and Private Improvement Financing Mechanisms
  • Redevelopment
  • Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA)
  • Retail Development
  • School Mitigation Agreements and Other School Mitigation Measures
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Specific Plans
  • Subdivision and Parcel Maps
  • Takings (Inverse Condemnation)
  • Transportation
  • Use Permits
  • Variances
  • Vested Rights, including Development Agreements and Vesting Tentative Maps
  • Warren-Alquist Act (California Energy Commission)
  • Water Infrastructure Development
  • Water Supply Assessments and Verifications
  • Water Rights
  • Wetlands Permitting 
  • Williamson Act
  • Zoning Regulations


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