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Jennifer Michelle Guenther

Jennifer Michelle Guenther

Practice areas:

Land Use & Zoning, Litigation, Environmental and Natural Resources, Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities

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About Me

Ms. Guenther assists clients with all aspects of commercial and residential real estate development, including land use applications, zone changes, General and Specific Plan Amendments, and environmental review.  She works with a variety of clients, including major commercial and residential developers, as well as with clients in the mining, railroad, and transportation industries.   


She regularly advocates for private commercial and residential projects before local, state, and federal agencies, including those projects requiring expertise and experience with air and water quality regulation, the Federal and California Endangered Species Acts, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).    While many of the Projects are highly controversial, often times garnering media attention on a regional and sometimes national level, Ms. Guenther brings a knowledgeable, common sense aproach to her representation that gives the decision-makers a comfort level in approving those projects.


Ms. Guenther’s experience in environmental matters admist the drastic changes in State and Federal legislation that have occurred in recent years has also placed her at the forefront of the growing industry related to sustainable resources and energy development.  She is knowledgeable in the development of alternative energy projects, such as solar and wind energy development, and educated in the LEED certification process. 


In addition to hands-on experience in analyzing compliance issues with both State and Federal Environmental laws, Ms. Guenther has extensive litigation experience in matters related to project development, the environment, real property transactions, quiet title and other land use matters.  While continuing to litigate environmental compliance cases, she has expanded her practice to provide representation for companies and individuals found to be in violation of Federal environmental laws, representing clients in administrative hearings and negotiations with Federal agencies, including matters before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Office of Debarment, as well as the United States Army Corp of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Ms. Guenther brings a strong sense of community and commitment to her clients that reflects her understanding of the need to find balance between potentially controversial projects and representing the best interests of those clients.   She is on the Board of Directors for the Inland Empire Association of Environmental (IEAEP) Professionals as the Legislative Liaison Officer.  She is the Programs Chair of the State Planning Committee for the California Association of Environmental Professionals (CAEP) 2010 State Convention and is actively involved in the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL).  She has published several articles on career building strategies and life balance, and is a regular speaker on environmental compliance and litigation matters. 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Environmental and Natural Resources: 30%
    15 years
  2. Litigation: 30%
    15 years
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 30%
    13 years
  4. Energy & Utilities: 5%
    13 years
  5. Administrative Law: 5%
    15 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden, APC

550 East Hospitality Lane, Suite 300
San Bernardino, CA, 92408-4205

Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden, APC

3750 University Avenue Suite 250
Riverside, CA, 92501

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200005/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Southern California Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Outstanding Member AwardNational Association of Women Lawyers2010
Super Lawyers2010 Top Young Lawyers In Southern California2010
2009 Top Young Lawyers in Southern CaliforniaSuper Lawyers2009
BV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Inland Empire Women to WatchInland Empire Magazine2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Lecturer- Environmental Law and PolicyUniversity of California, Riverside2010 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationPresident2011 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationExecutive Treasurer (Begining Oct. 2010)2010 - 2011
Inland Empire Association of Environmental ProfessionalsDirector-at-Large/Legislative Committee2009 - Present
Association of Environmental ProfessionalsMember2006 - Present
National Association of Women LawyersMember/ Planning Committee2006 - Present
Joseph B. Campbell American Inns of CourtVice President2003 - 2005
Joseph B. Campbell American Inns of CourtMember2000 - 2005
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2000 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Adams v. City fo San BernardinoSuccessful!
Lancaster CommonsObtained Project Approval
Maintain Our Desert Environment v. Town of Apple ValleySuccessful Defense Verdict

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
ms-jd.orgLegal Blog2010
Women Lawyers JournalAttitude and Attrition2008
Bulletin of San Bernardino County Bar AssociationFrom the Desk of the Working Mom ColumnN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Washington -SeattleInternational StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1994

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Commercial Real Estate WomenOvercoming Obstacles in Commercial Real Estate Development2011
CEQA Overview and UpdateCEQA Summer Workshop2011
AEP Spring WorkshopCEQA Legal Update2011
National Association of Environmental Professionals Annual ConferenceExpanding Role of the EPA in Climate Change Policy and Compliance2010
National Association of Environmental Professionals Annual ConferenceAlternative Energy Funding Mechanisms And NEPA Compliance2010
AEP 2010 Annual ConferenceCEQA Litigation 1012010
AEP 2010Legal Greening and the Implementation of Green Build Ordinances2010
Advanced CEQA WorkshopCalifornia Environmental Quality Act2010
AEP Fall CEQA BAsic Workshop SeriesCalifornia Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)2009
From Backpack to Briefcase: A Transitional Program for Law StudentsDeveloping a Legal Practice2008
AEP Spring CEQA Advanced Workshop SeriesEnvironmental Regulation under CEQA2008
AEP Fall CEQA BAsics Workshop SeriesIntroduction to California Environmental Quality Act2007