Professional Biography
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Jacob E. Aronson Associate

  • San Francisco

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    San Francisco

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    San Francisco, CA 94105-3204




Jacob Aronson focuses on environmental and land use issues related to project development, helping clients navigate complex regulatory and permitting schemes. He advises clients on compliance with federal, state and local environmental and land use laws; helps clients obtain permits and entitlements from government agencies; and litigates project approvals. He has worked on a wide range of infrastructure and development projects, including wind turbines, mixed-use infill redevelopments, shopping centers, wineries, a hotel and indoor water park resort, and wireless telecommunications facilities.

Jacob has significant experience with litigation involving environmental and land use laws and private property rights in federal and state courts and administrative proceedings. He has authored successful briefs and motions, examined witnesses, and argued before trial courts and a federal appellate court.

With a thorough understanding of how the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) affect project development, Jacob is also well-versed in other federal and state laws, including the Clean Water Act (CWA), the federal and California Endangered Species Acts (ESA/CESA), the California Coastal Act, the California Planning and Zoning Law, and the California Subdivision Map Act.

Drawing on his experience counseling project developers, Jacob also advises clients in emerging industries on regulatory compliance, enforcement, and permitting issues. Recent examples include advising a transportation company on laws governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles, helping an online retailer obtain state and local permits for sales of food and consumer products, and counseling startup companies on food safety laws applicable to the manufacture and sale of foods and beverages.

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Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association - Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • Urban Land 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


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