With a clear understanding of the law, strong negotiating skills, and thorough preparation, the firm regularly guides clients in navigating the land use and environmental regulatory and administrative maze and related court proceedings. We help clients develop and implement a wide range of projects (commercial, residential, mixed-use, habitat conservation planning and resource use, energy, and water).

Our lawyers offer specialized expertise in handling administrative matters with agencies exercising regulatory authority under federal and state laws including the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, National Historic Preservation Act, California Coastal Act, California Water Code, California Fish and Game Code, the public trust doctrine, and local general plans and zoning ordinances, among others. We are unusually knowledgeable in the law of the sea and international environmental law. We are particularly well known for our broad experience in water boundaries and waterfront development.


  • Air Quality and Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Endangered Species
  • Environmental Review – NEPA and CEQA
  • Fisheries
  • Historical, Archaeological, and Cultural Resources
  • Law of the Sea Treaty
  • Mining
  • Ocean and Coastal Resources
  • Project Permitting
  • Public Lands
  • Regulatory Takings
  • Water Quality
  • Water Rights and Supply
  • Wetlands

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