Jon Welner is a leading practitioner of environmental and natural resource law in California. Jon represents clients in all areas of environmental, natural resource, and land use law. His practice includes the regulation of air, water, hazardous substances, hazardous waste, radiological materials, development of contaminated properties (“Brownfields”), energy and water companies, coastal development, endangered species and other natural resources, as well as matters involving CEQA and NEPA (environmental impact reports/studies), the Williamson Act (farmland preservation), and Prop 65. He has special expertise in conducting legal audits and developing compliance systems, and in the early transfer and redevelopment of former military bases. Jon is frequently called upon by the media to comment on environmental and natural resource topics.
Jon is also the Chair of the Firm's Prevailing Wage Practice Group. He is recognized as one of the foremost practitioners in the State, and is frequently involved in complex and groundbreaking cases on behalf of developers, contractors, and manufacturers. Jon has been featured in the California Lawyer as one of top prevailing wage lawyers in the State.
Jon represents clients in both administrative and judicial proceedings, including proceedings before California Air Districts, the State and Regional Water Boards, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the California Department of Public Health, the California Department of Conservation,the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the Coastal Commission, the San Francisco Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the State Lands Commission, the California Department of Industrial Relations, U.S. EPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, local governments, and other agencies. He has previously served as a senior official at the California Natural Resources Agency.
Jon's clients include project developers, land owners, renewable energy companies, hospitality companies, water utilities, automobile manufacturers, chemical manufacturers, biotechnology companies, modular building manufacturers, scrap metal recyclers, hazardous waste and solid waste landfills, local governments, and nonprofit organizations.
Jon is a Councilmember of the Town of Tiburon, California. Prior to becoming a Councilmember, he served for six years on the Town’s Planning Commission. He also previously served as a senior official at the California Natural Resources Agency.
Jon is a Board Member of MCE Clean Energy, a local government agency (Community Choice Aggregator, or CCA) providing renewable electricity to Bay Area communities.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Litigation||Best Lawyers in America||2017|
|Northern California Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Litigation||Best Lawyers in America||2016|
|Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, AV Preeminent, 5.0 out of 5.0||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Associate Editor||Stanford Law Review||1993|
|John Gardner Fellowship||Stanford University||1989|
|Member||Phi Beta Kappa||1988|
|Harry S. Truman Scholarship||Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation||1987|
|Member||Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, PC||2018 - Present|
|Partner||Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP||2012 - 2018|
|Partner||Downey Brand LLP||2010 - 2012|
|Of Counsel||Paul Hastings Janofksy & Walker, LLP||2002 - 2010|
|Consultant||McKinsey & Company||2000 - 2002|
|Attorney||Beveridge & Diamond, PC||1996 - 1999|
|Clerk||U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.)||1995 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section||Executive Committee Member||2014 - Present|
|Planning Commission, Town of Tiburon||Member and former Chair||2012 - Present|
|Bar Association of San Francisco, Environmental Law Section||Executive Committee Member and former Chair||2010 - Present|
|California Current||Guest Juice: Ag Elbows Renewables||2012|
|JMBM California Land Use Blog||The Williamson Act: A Growing Obstacle for Solar and Wind Development In California||2012|
|JMBM California Land Use Blog||An Interview with the New Executive Director of BCDC: Larry Goldzband||2012|
|Land Use Law Update||BCDC Approves New Schedule for Finalizing and Adopting Climate Change Amendment||2011|
|Electric Light & Power||Paved With Good Intentions||2008|
|Stanford Univ Law School||J.D.||1995|
|Prevailing Wage in California (Santa Rosa)||Prevailing Wage in California||2014|
|Prevailing Wage in California (San Francisco)||Prevailing Wage in California||2014|
|Prevailing Wage in California (Sacramento)||Prevailing Wage in California||2014|
|Prevailing Wage in California (Milpitas)||Prevailing Wage in California||2014|
|Prevailing Wage in California (Sacramento)||Prevailing Wage in California||2013|
|Bar Association of San Francisco Panel||What the Frack? The Growth and Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing in California||2013|
|Bar Association of San Francisco Panel||Solar & Wind Power vs. Farmland: The New Battleground?||2012|
|Prevailing Wage in California (San Jose)||Prevailing Wage in California||2011|
|Prevailing Wage in California (Oakland)||Prevailing Wage in California||2011|
|Prevailing Wage in California (Monterey)||Prevailing Wage in California||2011|
|Bar Association of San Francisco Panel||BCDC’s Climate Change Proposal: Good Policy or “Power Grab”?||2011|
|Prevailing wage lawsuit||Very favorable settlement|
|McClellan Air Force Base "Early Transfer"||Successful transfer|
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