Law Practice

William Most has worked on matters involving the California Coastal Act, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California water rights, CERCLA, real property sales, eminent domain, and the public trust doctrine. He is additionally trained in the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). He has a Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and training in lobbying at the federal level. William worked for a regional fisheries management organization in Washington, D.C. He also has hands-on experience in the fishing industry, having worked as a biologist aboard commercial fishing boats in the Bering Sea.

Prior Experience

Extern, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, 2010. Intern, Environmental Law Foundation, 2009. Intern, Center for Ocean Solutions, 2009. Certified Student, East Bay Community Law Center, Housing Clinic.


White paper, “Trees and Power Lines: Minimizing Conflicts Between Electric Power Infrastructure and the Urban Forest.” Bay Area Air District Adopts Greenhouse Gas Guidelines, California Builder (July 2010) (co-authored with Anne Arnold).

Representative Case

Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City of Manhattan Beach.
Aided amici curiae California League of Cities and California State Association of Counties in CEQA appeal to the California Supreme Court.



Council Member, San Francisco Urban Forestry Council


William Most


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Practice Areas

Land Use & Natural Resources, Land Title, Environmental Law, Litigation


J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2011. Order of the Coif., A.B., Biology, Harvard University, 2005.


State Bar of California