Jacob Aronson has experience with counseling and litigation on a variety of environmental and land use matters related to project development, including issues involving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the federal and California Endangered Species Acts, local planning and zoning laws, local government law, eminent domain litigation and real estate transaction due diligence. He also has experience advising clients on compliance with environmental health and food safety regulations.
J.D. University of Virginia School of Law 2016.
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.
Anne Beaumont counsels clients regarding environmental, regulatory and litigation matters involving natural resources, tribal issues, telecommunications, land use and the siting and defense of large-scale infrastructure and energy projects. Anne advises clients on compliance with federal and state environmental statutes, and has extensive knowledge in administrative proceedings and has substantial experience in complex civil litigation and appeals, representing clients in both state and federal court. Her litigation matters cover a wide range of topics, including environmental issues, natural resources, telecommunications, tribal matters and employment law. Her appellate experience includes challenges to federal and state approvals of infrastructure and energy projects and appeals from the California Public Utilities Commission.
J.D. Duke University School of Law 2008.
Christopher 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Meredith 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 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 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.
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
Associate Auria Maleksalehi focuses on real estate and land use matters. Prior to practicing law, Auria worked as a project manager for a real estate investment and management company, where he oversaw the execution of commercial; residential and self-storage projects; debt finance; lease agreements; and purchase and sale agreements. He has experience with title reports, land surveys and financial and legal due diligence for the financing of income properties. He ensured compliance with administrative, state and local regulations including zoning, rent stabilization ordinances and labor and employment matters.
J.D Santa Clara University School of Law 2016
James W. McTarnaghan
Jim McTarnaghan has more than 25 years of experience addressing regulatory and business issues involving the energy and telecommunications industries at both the state and federal levels. As the importance of climate change issues continues to grow, Jim has increased the focus in his practice on renewable energy issues and projects. Jim also has an active telecommunications practice, representing participants in the wireless telephone and broadband industries in rulemakings and adjudicatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.
J.D. The George Washington University Law School 1983.
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.
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 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 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.
Christian 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 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.