Cecily Barclay

Cecily Barclay Cecily Barclay’s practice is focused on land use and entitlements, real estate acquisition and development and local government law. She represents landowners, developers and public agencies in all aspects of acquisition, entitlement and development of land, including land use application processing, drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, negotiating and securing the approval of development agreements, general plan amendments, specific plans, planned development zoning, annexations, initiatives and referenda, and tentative and final subdivision maps and also advises clients on water supply and water rights issues.

J.D. Harvard University 1988.

Christopher Berka

Chris BerkaChristopher Berka represents energy, real estate, technology and other clients in complex environmental, product liability and commercial litigation matters. His decades of courtroom achievement, which include nationally recognized defense verdicts involving environmental pollution, environmental torts and cleanup cost recovery, inform the regulatory and transactional counsel he also provides national clients. Chris has led litigation under CEQA, NEPA and a wide array of actions involving soil and groundwater contamination. His extensive counsel ranges from pre-litigation investigations and negotiations through to jury verdict and appeals.

J.D. The University of Michigan Law School 1980.

Kathryn Bilder Jackson

Kathryn Bilder JacksonKathryn Bilder Jackson focuses her practice on real estate transactions. She represents financial institutions in connection with construction financing, bridge and permanent financing for new construction sites, hotel developments, residential and mixed-use projects, and retail and office buildings. She also represents owners and buyers in acquisition and sale transactions. She regularly advises clients on title, survey, zoning and other due diligence matters for commercial properties, and assists landlords and tenants with the negotiation of commercial leases. Her experience also includes litigation involving tenant eviction, defense of solar site development entitlements, defense of administrative development decisions, and administrative record compilation.

J.D. UC Davis School of Law 2014.

Marc Bruner

Marc BrunerMarc Bruner counsels clients on strategic development plans, environmental studies, and environmental and land use permits for a broad range of public and private development projects. Marc’s work involves federal laws and regulations, including NEPA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act, as well as California laws and regulations such as CEQA, the California Endangered Species Act, the Integrated Waste Management Act, the Subdivision Map Act, and the Planning and Zoning Law. He also has experience with California laws and regulations governing water supply, water quality, use of recycled water, coastal development, state lands and the public trust, conversion of agricultural lands, and historic resources.

J.D. Yale Law School 1993.

Michelle Chan

Michelle ChanMichelle Chan represents clients on land use, environmental, and real estate matters. Michelle’s land use experience includes the processing of entitlements, negotiating agreements with local governments and public agencies, and providing advice on legal issues associated with project development and construction. She also counsels clients on compliance with CEQA, local zoning ordinances, and permitting and entitlement requirements for development projects. Her experience also includes representing clients in litigation involving CEQA, the California Coastal Act, and eminent domain. Michelle’s real estate transaction experience includes negotiating purchase and sale agreements, leases, easements, joint use agreements, and related transactional documents.

J.D. Boston University School of Law 2011.

Garrett Colli

Garrett ColliGarrett Colli focuses on coordinating land use entitlements and environmental compliance for residential, commercial, industrial, and renewable energy projects. Garrett also negotiates purchase and sale agreements, leases, easements, and related transactional documents in support of development projects. Garrett regularly advises clients regarding CEQA compliance, and is experienced in securing approvals under the Subdivision Map Act, the Clean Water Act, the Federal Land Policy Management Act, and the California Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. He represents clients at public hearings to obtain zoning approvals, and has also defended clients.

J.D. UC Hastings College of the Law 2011.

Marie Cooper

Marie CooperMarie Cooper focuses her practice on land use entitlement processing and land use litigation. Marie is experienced with issues arising under the Planning and Zoning Laws, CEQA, NEPA, California water supply statutes, water rights law, RLUIPA, initiatives and referenda, and California laws governing annexations. Marie is also skilled in handling Williamson Act matters, including cancellations, easement exchanges, and use of agricultural land for renewable energy facilities. Marie has extensive litigation experience defending land use entitlements, planning and zoning enactments, development fees and dedications, annexation proceedings, and initiatives and referenda.

J.D. University of California Berkeley School of Law 1984.

Matt Gray

Matthew GrayMatt Gray concentrates his practice on land use entitlement processing, representing a range of local agencies, real estate developers and landowners. He assists clients in negotiating and securing approval of development agreements, general plan amendments, specific plans, zoning, subdivision approvals, and annexations of land into cities and special districts and advises clients on compliance with CEQA and other state and federal regulatory programs. Matt is also experienced in negotiating purchase and sale agreements, affordable housing agreements, mitigation fee agreements, conservation agreements, forming land-based financing mechanisms, advising clients on water supply issues, and use of the initiative and referendum processes in context of the land use planning.

J.D. Georgetown University Law Center 1997.

Julie Jones

Julie Jones Julie Jones counsels clients regarding issues that arise under CEQA and NEPA, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, and a range of other California and federal statutes and regulations that affect land use. Julie is also an experienced trial and appellate court litigator in both state and federal courts and regularly defends project approvals against challenges brought under CEQA and other environmental and land use statutes.

J.D. University of California Berkeley School of Law 1988.

Taylor Jones

Taylor Jones has experience analyzing developments in environmental law, identifying impacts, and drafting recommendations for key strategy decisions. With a background in public policy, Taylor brings an in-depth understanding of governmental processes and the extensive interagency coordination required to advance critical infrastructure for emerging technologies.

J.D. University of Southern California – Gould School of Law 2021.

Meredith Jones-McKeown

Meredith Jones McKeownMeredith Jones-McKeown’s practice focuses on construction, environmental, government contracts and real estate litigation and transactions. Meredith has successfully tried cases in state and federal court as well as private arbitration and is an experienced trial attorney who has litigated all aspects of construction projects, both private and public. Meredith drafts and negotiates a range of agreements, including EPC contracts, design-build contracts, professional/consultant contracts and modified AIA documents. Her project experience includes solar-generation and other energy facilities, large-scale commercial projects, mixed-use housing developments, medical facilities, university developments, condominium projects and public-bond funded construction.

J.D. University of California Berkeley School of Law.

Steve Kostka

Steve Kostka Steve Kostka has represented clients in courts throughout California in cases involving CEQA, NEPA, the Planning and Zoning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, California water supply planning legislation and other state and federal environmental and land use statutes. Steve has represented clients in land use and environmental cases in most of the trial courts in California, in all of the courts of appeal and in the supreme court. He also has extensive experience counseling public agencies and private clients on the requirements of land use and environmental regulations and compliance with the provisions of CEQA and NEPA.

J.D. University of California Berkeley School of Law 1973.

Anne Li

Anne Li represents investors, property companies, financial institutions, and lenders in a range of commercial real estate matters, including REO property, vacant land and real estate related assets. Her experience includes purchase and sales, construction and term loan financings, development and leasing of commercial projects, fund formations, joint ventures, and management of real estate assets.  Anne advises clients on title, survey, zoning, and due diligence matters for commercial real estate projects and has significant experience handling the real property aspects of M&A transactions.

J.D. Duke University School of Law 2014.

Allan E. Low

Allan Low has a broad range of experience, including real estate transactions, real estate finance and development projects. He represents developers and property owners with the purchase and sale of single assets and portfolio transactions, leasing, lease amendments, lease restructuring, and enforcement of leases. Allan has significant experience advising property owners on subdivisions, easements and other land-sharing arrangements. He also advises on zoning amendments, special-use districts, variances, conditional use permits, and obtaining and defending issuance of permits and other land use entitlements.

J.D. University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Angela Luh

Angela Luh’s environmental, energy, and natural resources practice spans litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters, particularly in the development sector. She advises clients on complex regulatory questions and permitting issues related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), and Clean Water Act (CWA). She provides compliance and regulatory advice on California public utilities regulations and is well-versed in rulemaking proceedings. Angela advises clients on land use, planning, and permitting issues arising under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

J.D. UC Berkeley School of Law 2021.

Camarin Madigan

Partner Camarin Madigan focuses on real estate law, with additional experience in land use, natural resources, energy and environmental law. Camarin advises on acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and financing of complex development projects and commercial properties. Her experience extends to land use entitlements and environmental permitting for similar projects.

J.D. UC Hastings College of the Law 2003.

Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy Alan Murphy has represented private entities, public agencies and energy companies in securing and defending land use entitlements. He has worked on a citizens’ initiative to amend a city’s general plan, specific plan, zoning and other ordinances to accommodate a major development project. Alan’s experience also includes CEQA and NEPA litigation over project approvals and advising clients in preparing development applications.

J.D. Yale Law School 2008.

John Morris

John Morris helps businesses navigate regulatory, project development, and transactional matters arising under federal, state, and local environmental and natural resources laws. He represents public and private companies, private equity (PE) firms, developers, financial institutions, joint ventures (JV), public agencies, public-private partnerships, nongovernmental organizations, and other landholders. His experience spans programmatic areas of environmental and natural resources law and policy, including water quality, remediation, waste management, air quality, and natural resources management.

J.D. University of Texas School of Law 2014

Deborah E. Quick

Debbi Quick represents clients seeking land-use and resource permits and entitlements and compliance with environmental laws, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), before administrative agencies. She defends those entitlements in litigation at both trial and appeal courts. Her practice also includes representing clients in complex civil appeals and trial court litigation in anticipation of possible appeals.

J.D. UC Berkeley School of Law 2002.

Geoff Robinson

geoff-robinsonGeoff Robinson represents clients in land use, development and real estate litigation in courts throughout California. He represents clients in cases involving the Planning and Zoning law, CEQA, development fees and exactions, mitigation requirements and public financing districts. Geoff has also handled a broad range of water law matters, including a groundwater basin rights adjudication, and appellate cases involving water supply assessments and urban water management plans.

J.D. University of California Hastings College of Law 1983.

Barbara Schussman

barbara-schussmanBarbara Schussman secures federal, state and local agency approvals for development of a wide range of private and public projects. She counsels clients on compliance with CEQA and NEPA and on approvals required under the Planning and Zoning Law and other land use and environmental regulations, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, federal and state Endangered Species Acts, California Coastal Act and the Subdivision Map Act. Barbara is also an experienced litigator, and has defended approvals and environmental permits in both the state and federal courts, including the California Supreme Court.

J.D. University of California Berkeley School of Law 1989.

Kaela Shiigi

Kaela Shiigi focuses on environmental and energy law issues related to project development and regulatory matters. Kaela has experience in a range of federal, state, and local regulatory topics, such as the Clean Water Act (CWA), Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and municipal land use regulations. Her experience includes drafting motions for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceedings, drafting memoranda on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) offshore wind leasing requirements, and conducting legal research for utility sector clients.

J.D. UC Berkeley School of Law 2020.

Christian Termyn

Christian TermynChristian Termyn provides counsel in a wide range of environmental and natural resource areas, with a focus on multijurisdictional energy and infrastructure projects, public lands, protected areas and Indian law. He has experience with federal and state laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the federal and California Endangered Species Acts (ESA/CESA), and California planning and zoning law. He has complex litigation experience involving a major renewable energy project and an urban mixed-use development.

J.D. Columbia Law School 2017.

Laura Zagar

Laura ZagarLaura Zagar focuses on the development of multijurisdictional energy and infrastructure projects and complex litigation. Laura has played a prominent part in several innovative energy and infrastructure projects in the Western United States and works closely with clients to develop successful strategies for obtaining project approvals and defending those approvals in the event of litigation. Laura represents utilities, energy developers, public agencies and others before federal, state and local agencies on a wide range of energy and infrastructure projects and she is highly experienced with federal, state and local authorities involved in the development of energy and infrastructure projects.

J.D. UCLA School of Law 2002.