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Barry Howard Epstein

Barry Howard Epstein

Practice areas:

Land Use & Zoning, Environmental and Natural Resources, Real Estate

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Partner in Land Use, Natural Resource, Energy & Water Law


Highly experienced attorney focusing on land use, natural resource, energy, and water law, representing private and public clients in permitting, transactional and litigation matters.


I help private and public clients find their way through this maze to get things done -- whether in permitting, deal making or litigation.

Core capabilities include issues involving siting and development of renewable and conventional energy projects (including over 1,000 MWs of utility-scale solar PV projects to date, and numerous transmission lines and upgrades), surface water and groundwater rights; development entitlements and associated general plan, zoning, annexation and water supply issues; wetlands; endangered species; NEPA and CEQA; the Coastal Act; conservation easements and transactions.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Environmental and Natural Resources: 40%
    32 years
  2. Land Use & Zoning: 40%
    32 years
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    32 years

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Contact Info

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, LLP Attorneys At Law

Three Embarcadero Center
12th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94111




Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Northern California Super LawyersSan Francisco Magazine2013
Northern California Super LawyersSan Francisco Magazine2012
Northern California Super LawyersSan Francisco Magazine2011
Northern California Super LawyersSan Francisco Magazine2010
“Top 100 Lawyers in California”Daily Journal (California)2009
Northern California “Super Lawyers”San Francisco Magazine2009
Northern California “Super Lawyers”San Francisco Magazine2008
Northern California “Super Lawyers”San Francisco Magazine2007
Northern California “Super Lawyers”San Francisco Magazine2006
“Top East Bay Lawyers”East Bay Business Times2006
"Best Lawyers in the Bay Area"Bay Area Magazine2005
Northern California “Super Lawyers”San Francisco Magazine2005
Northern California “Super Lawyers”San Francisco Magazine2004
Rated “AV”Martindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerAllen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, LLP Attorneys At Law2013 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
California State Bar, Environmental Law Section, Executive CommitteeAdvisor2003 - Present
Bar Association of San Francisco, Environimental Law Section, Executive CommitteeMember2002 - Present


Publication NameTitleDate
California Environmental Law ReporterCEQA Rules for Agency Actions Affecting Climate Change2008
Environmental Law NewsSprawl and "Paper Water": A Reality Check from the California Courts2003


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of Michigan School of Public PolicyN/AMPP1981
University of California - BerkeleyN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1978

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Proclamations, Protestations and Litigation: California’s Drought ResponseCalifornia Water Law2009
Environmental Land Use Law in New Jersey and California: A Comparative ApproachComparative Environmental Law2009
Corporate Water Footprinting – Best Practices in Corporate Water Stewardship: Water Policy DevelopmentWater Law2009
Of Whales, Wetlands, Forests and Oil Slicks: The Annual Supreme Court ReviewEnvironmental Law - Supreme Court2008
Environmental Issues for NanotechnologyEnvironmental Law - Nanotechnology2008
Conservation Easements: Water and Mineral Rights – Special Problems, Special OpportunitiesConservation Easements2008
Water Quality & Water Supply Issues Affecting New DevelopmentWater Supply - Development2006
No Water, No Houses: California's New Water Supply FrameworkWater RIghts - Development2006
Groundwater Rights, Regulation and Use in Northern CaliforniaGroundwater Rights2006
Water Supply & Land Use -- Water Law Symposium: Water in the 21st CenturyWater Law2005
Water Rights 101: Is it Wet? Is it Mine?California Water Rights2005
Recent Developments: The California Environmental Quality ActLand Use - CEQA2004
State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section Annual Conference, YosemiteConservation Easements: Who, What, Where, Why, When and How2003
National Business Institute, San JoseLand Use Law Update in California2003
Lorman Education ServicesZoning and Land Use Law in California2003
Alameda County Bar AssociationEnvironmental Liabilities of Trustees and Other Fiduciaries2003
Continuing Education of the BarEnvironmental Liabilities of Trustees and Other Fiduciaries2001
Continuing Education of the BarEnvironmental Liabilities of Trustees and Other Fiduciaries2000