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I am a partner with Downey Brand LLP. I represent clients in environmental and land use litigation and compliance matters.

I am licensed to practice in the courts of the State of California and am admitted to practice in all United States district courts in California, the United States Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit), and the United States Supreme Court.

The following disclaimer is intended to ensure compliance with California Rule of Professional Conduct 1-400 standard (2): Any testimonials or endorsements contained in this profile do not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of any legal matter.


Practice areas


  1. Environmental and Natural Resources: 75%
    14 years
  2. Land Use & Zoning: 25%
    14 years

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Downey Brand LLP

455 Market Street
Suite 1420
San Francisco, CA, 94105


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Cum LaudeHarvard Law School1996
Phi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa Society1991
Summa Cum LaudeUniversity of California, Los Angeles1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDowney Brand LLP2015 - Present
PartnerBarg Coffin Lewis & Trapp LLP2006 - 2015
AssociateBarg Coffin Lewis & Trapp LLP2004 - 2005
Post-Conviction Counsel (Capital Cases)State of California, Habeas Corpus Resource Center2000 - 2004
AssociateLandels Ripley & Diamond LLP1998 - 1999
AssociateSonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bar Association of San Francisco, Environmental Law SectionMember2004 - Present
State Bar of California, Environmental Law SectionMember2004 - Present
San Francisco OperaDonorN/A
SF/Marin Food BankDonorN/A
UCLA Alumni ScholarshipsDonorN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
San Francisco Daily JournalRuling Complicated Use of CEQA’s Categorical Exemptions2015
Portfolio Media (Law360)Calif. High Court Humbles Itself Over CEQA Case2015
Portfolio Media (Law360)Federal Preemption May Be The Key For Calif. Railroads2014
ENR CaliforniaAnalysis of New Framework for Transportation Impact Under CEQA2014
San Francisco Daily JournalSB 743: Tinkering with CEQA for the future2014
Today's Facility ManagerIn CA, New Water Quality Regulations For Industrial Facilities2013
San Francisco Daily JournalBill To Create Environmental Court Lacks Specificity2013
San Francisco Daily JournalThe Future is Now (Or Is It?): Choosing the “Baseline” and Minimizing Related Litigation Risk Under CEQA2012
San Francisco Daily JournalStatewide Stormwater Permit Revisions Could Limit Citizen Suits Against Industry2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of California - Los AngelesEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Environmental Law WorkshopBrownfields Redevelopment: A Step-By-Step Guide2015