Law Practice

Alicia Guerra focuses on environmental and natural resources law, including land use planning and development, wetlands and endangered species regulation, and water quality permitting. She provides assistance to commercial developers, residential developers of master planned communities, industrial companies, and public agencies in the land development, entitlement, and environmental review and natural resources permitting processes. Her expertise includes the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Clean Water Act (including Sections 401 and 404), federal and state flood control statutes, California’s planning laws, California redevelopment law, and other state and federal laws governing the use of land, water, and other natural resources.

Alicia assists a number of public and private clients with federal and state natural resources permitting under the federal and state Endangered Species Acts and the federal Clean Water Act, including the Section 404 permitting and Section 7 consultation processes. She also assists clients with federal and state permitting of flood control projects. Her practice focuses on advising developers, homebuilders, public and quasi-public agencies, and industrial and institutional companies in navigating through the Clean Water Act and federal and state Endangered Species Acts and flood control laws.

Prior Experience

Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP, San Francisco, California (2007-2008); Morrison & Foerster LLP, San Francisco, California (1996-2007); Michael Brandman & Associates, San Jose, California (1993-1996); David Powers & Associates, San Jose, California (1988-1993).

Speaking Engagements

Presentation at CLE International 1st Annual Global Climate Change Conference in San Francisco (Summer 2007) and at 2nd Annual Global Climate Change Conference in Los Angeles (February 2008); Presentation at CLE International NEPA Conferences in San Francisco (2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008); Presentation on Environmental Justice for ALI-ABA Environmental Impact Assessment Conference in San Francisco (Spring 2006); Presentation at National APA and California APA Chapter Conference in San Jose (March 2008); Presentation at National Association of Environmental Professionals/California Association of Environmental Professionals, Flood Control Regulation Panel in San Diego (Spring 2008); Presentation for California Bar Humboldt Environmental Law Conference (May 2008); Instructor at AEP NEPA and Workshops for San Francisco and Sacramento Chapters (2005, 2006, 2008, and 2009); Member of ABA Environmental Section and panelist on NEPA Litigation Panel at 16th Environmental Law Section Conference, Phoenix (September 2008).

Representative Project Experience

Public agency/quasi-public agency

Natomas Basin. Advise the City of Sacramento in natural resources, permitting, NEPA/CEQA matters and litigation defense associated with the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (2000-2005). Advise the City of Sacramento with implementation of the Natomas Basin HCP and represent the City in the permitting and entitlement processing associated with projects in the Natomas Basin (2003- ongoing).

Utility Company HCP/NEPA. Advise utility company on development of Bay Area HCP, Multi-Region HCPs for North Coast, Central Coast and Sacramento/Sierra Region of service territory in support of Section 10(a)(1)(B) and 2081 permits. Also advise client on natural resources permitting matters, including negotiation of Safe Harbor Agreements, Section 7 consultation issues, implementation of existing mitigation programs, and NEPA/CEQA compliance issues (2004-ongoing).

Butte County Transportation Projects. Advise Butte County Association of Governments in development of regional HCP/NCCP for Butte County and the participating municipalities (2006-ongoing). Advised BCAG in development of NEPA/CEQA strategy for various transportation projects in Butte County (2006-ongoing).

UC Campus Projects. Advise University of California at Merced and Davis in development of natural resources permitting strategies and NEPA for campus projects (2004-2008).”

Private Sector Clients

Kern County Mine. Advise mining company in entitlement and natural resources permitting for open pit mine expansion in Kern County to support Section 2081 and 10(a)(1)(B) permits for desert tortoise and Mojave ground squirrel (2003-ongoing), and CEQA/NEPA strategy.

Telecommunications Project. Advise corporation regarding nationwide consultation with USFWS and NOAA for provision of rural and remote data with voice communication network and assist in NEPA compliance (2003-2005).”

Coastal Project. Advise landowner in the development of a land disposition and integrated entitlement/remediation strategy for 400+ property along California coast. Advise client in processing local, state and federal entitlements and development of natural resources permitting strategy and NEPA/CEQA review associated with the redevelopment of property in Mendocino County (2007-ongoing).

Flour Mill Redevelopment. Advise developer in entitlement and local, state and federal permitting and NEPA/CEQA review strategy for redevelopment of former General Mills property in Vallejo California (2006-ongoing).

Delta Project. Advise developer of 5,000 acre tract in South Delta in the land use entitlement, NEPA/CEQA permitting under Clean Water Act, ESA, and CESA, and flood control permitting of 11,000 unit and 5 million square foot water-oriented mixed use residential development project (2001-ongoing).

Intermodal Project. Advise developer and city with NEPA review for intermodal facility and compliance with Section 106, Section 4(f) and transportation project requirements pursuant to ISTEA and SAFETEA-LU.

Development Projects. Advise landowners and developers in NEPA/CEQA processes, and local, state and federal permitting requirements, including 2081 permits or consistency determinations from CDFG for development projects in Alameda, Contra Costa, Kern, Lake, Mendocino, Merced, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, and Solano counties.

Juvenile Justice Facility. Advise public agency in NEPA process for juvenile detention facility in Bay Area and compliance with Department of Justice/Office of Justice program requirements.*

*Assisted while at Morrison & Foerster and Cox, Castle & Nicholson.


Alicia Guerra



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Practice Areas

Land Use & Natural Resources, Environmental Law


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law 1996, B.A., Stanford University 1988


State Bar of California