Much of the firm’s practice is devoted to litigation. We know how to prepare for trial and try cases. We understand as well the importance of focusing on our clients’ goals and developing strategies designed to achieve those goals. We represent clients in environmental enforcement actions brought by federal, state, and local agencies, in citizen suits brought by private organizations, in disputes arising out of governmental efforts to regulate the development of land and natural resources, and in contractual or business disagreements arising out of real estate transactions, title insurance, water contracts, and contaminated property. The firm has represented landowners, developers, title insurers and their insureds, water rights holders, departments of the State of California, cities and other governmental entities, wastewater dischargers, regulated industries, and public interest groups. The firm also represents condemning entities and private landowners in condemnation cases in state and federal courts.
We have handled many trials in state and federal courts, appeals in state and federal appellate courts (including the U.S. Supreme Court and California Supreme Court), and proceedings in international tribunals (such as the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague).