Professional Biography
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Jacob E. Aronson Associate

  • 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 project development. He advises clients on compliance with federal, state and local laws; helps clients obtain permits and entitlements from government agencies; and litigates project approvals in federal and state courts and administrative proceedings. He has worked on a wide range of development and infrastructure projects, including mixed-use infill redevelopment, shopping centers, wineries, a hotel and indoor water park, dam removals and wireless telecommunications facility siting.

Jacob frequently helps clients negotiate and secure local government entitlements, including general plan and zoning amendments, development agreements, use permits and subdivision map approvals. He has experience with federal and state laws including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the federal and California Endangered Species Acts (ESA/CESA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Spectrum Act, the California Coastal Act, the California Planning and Zoning Law and the California Subdivision Map Act.

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

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

During law school, Jacob served on the editorial board of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal and was a teaching assistant for the introductory legal writing course. He also received the University of Virginia School of Law Pro Bono Award for his substantial involvement with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

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
  • Princeton University, A.B., Public and International Affairs, 2011