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Michelle Ouellette represents public and private clients  regarding environmental issues arising under the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the state and federal Endangered Species Acts, and matters related to renewable energy. She has extensive environmental litigation experience with an impressive track record of success on behalf of her clients.


Practice areas


  1. Environmental and Natural Resources: 60%
  2. Energy & Utilities: 40%


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Best Best & Krieger LLP

3750 University Avenue Suite 400
Riverside, CA, 92501-3347


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
The Most Powerful and Influential Women in CaliforniaCalifornia Diversity Magazine2010
The Best Lawyers in AmericaThe Best Lawyers in America2010
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
The Best Lawyers in AmericaThe Best Lawyers in America2009
Top Women LitigatorsDaily Journal (California)2009
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
The Best Lawyers in AmericaThe Best Lawyers in America2008
Outstanding Environmental Achievement AwardAssociation of Environmental Professional2004
Outstanding Environmental Achievement AwardAssociation of Environmental Professionals2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Executive Committee MemberBest Best & Krieger LLP2007 - Present
ProfessorUC Irvine2000 - Present
PartnerBest Best & Krieger LLP1997 - Present
ProfessorUC Riverside1992 - Present
AssociateBest Best & Krieger LLP1989 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Raincross GroupExecutive Committee Member2010 - Present
Raincross GroupMember2008 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationPresident2005 - 2005
Riverside County Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law SectionCo-chair1999 - 1999
Riverside County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1996 - 1998
Riverside County Bar AssociationAlternative Dispute Resolution Board Member1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation PlanApproved
Coso Operating Company Geothermal PlantApproved
March Joint Powers Authority Fresh & Easy HubAppellate Court Victory
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Publication nameTitleDate
InterSolar NA Show DailyRich Solar Resources, Rough Legal Terrain2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of California - Santa CruzEnvironmental Studies and SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AEP California ConferenceDevelopment and Implementation of Habitat Conservation Plans2010
6th Annual CEQA ConferenceCEQA Renewable Energy Projects: Integrating and Streamlining Environmental Requirements2010
ACWA Regions 8, 9 & 10 California's Water Solution: Are We There Yet?Climate Change: Friend or Foe2009
5th Annual Workshop on the California Environmental Quality ActCEQA's Substantive Mandate: What is Truly Infeasible?2009
LACBA 21st Annual Environmental Law Super SymposiumSeeking CEQA: Resolving the Tension Between Urban Growth and Community Environmental Concerns2007