Professional Biography
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Jacob E. Aronson Counsel

  • San Francisco

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    San Francisco

    505 Howard Street, Suite 1000

    San Francisco, CA 94105-3204




Jacob Aronson focuses on environmental and land use issues related to infrastructure project development. He advises clients on compliance with federal, state, and local environmental and land use laws; helps clients obtain permits from government agencies; and litigates project approvals.

Jacob has worked on a wide range of large infrastructure projects, including rail, highway, maritime port, wind energy, solar energy, transmission line, water resources, and telecommunications facilities matters. He also has experience securing and litigating local entitlements for multifamily housing, shopping centers, biotechnology research campuses, wineries, and other developments.

Jacob has a thorough understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and other relevant federal and state laws, including the federal and California Endangered Species Acts, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the California Planning and Zoning Law, and the California Subdivision Map Act. He is also well-versed in federal laws specific to transportation projects, including Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, the streamlined environmental review process in 23 U.S.C. § 139, and the NEPA assignment program.

Jacob also has significant experience with litigation and administrative proceedings involving environmental and land use laws and private property rights, including examining witnesses and arguing before trial courts and a federal appellate court.

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Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association - Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • California Lawyers Association - Environmental Law Section
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)

Related Employment

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Law Clerk, 2014
  • Environmental Defense Fund, Agriculture Policy Fellow, 2011 – 2013





Bar and Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2016, Editorial Board, Virginia Environmental Law Journal
  • Princeton University, A.B., Public and International Affairs, 2011