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Welcome to my Avvo page. I'm a solo attorney in private practice. My primary areas of practices are land use and environmental law (especially the California Environmental Quality Act) and elections law, focusing on ballot measure. My primary focus is litigation, although I also represent clients in administrative processes. I primarily represent environmental and community groups. You may send me an e-mail to check whether your legal needs match what I can provide.


As you can tell from my biographical information, I didn't start off intending to be an attorney.  I went through college, graduate school and a post-doc intending to do genetics, and spent ten years doing so, first in academia and then as an industrial biotech researcher.  After being laid off and facing relocation to the midwest, I decided to switch careers instead.


I had gotten involved in local politics and served a short term on the Emeryville City Council.  That got me interested in government, and specifically environmental and land use regulations.  It was a short step from there into law school, and thence into my current practice.


My practice is oriented primarily towards representing environmental and community groups as plaintiffs in environmental and land use disputes.

I got into law intending to do environmental law only.  However, land use law is so connected with environmental law, especially in urban areas, that one can hardly do one without the other.  My electoral law work arose from helping environmental groups first draft, and then qualify ballot measures.


I have also done a few cases involving illegal or improper expenditure of public funds (Code of Civil Procedure Sect. 526a).  Such cases are not easy. They involve a lot of discovery and a full-blown bench trial, compared to most of my cases, which are petitions for a writ of mandate.  The latter usually don't involve much if any discovery and are briefed and then heard, usually with at most two or three hours of oral argument.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Environmental: 50%
    26 years, 30 cases
  2. Land Use & Zoning: 40%
    26 years, 30 cases
  3. Election Campaign: 10%
    23 years, 10 cases



Hourly ($300-600/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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    I worked with Mr. Flashman as co-counsel in a case brought to derail a referendum petition in the City of Cupertino. Mr. Flashman was highly knowledgeable as to the law and practice issues involved. His legal submissions were of the highest quality, and I found him highly professional throughout.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of Stuart M. Flashman

5626 Ocean View Drive

Oakland, CA, 94618-1533


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Attorneys in Northern California (environmental litigation)Superlawyers Magazine2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
Best Public Interest LawyerEast Bay Express2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Stuart M. Flashman1990 - Present
InstructorUniversity of California, Berkeley Extension1995 - 1997
DirectorEast Bay Municipal Utility District1991 - 1994
Legal InternSierra Club Legal Defense Fund1989 - 1989
Senior Research BiologistStauffer Chemical Company1980 - 1986
Assistant ProfessorNorth Carolina State University1977 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rockridge Community Planning CouncilChair Emeritus2012 - Present
Rockridge Community Planning CouncilChair, Land Use Committee2008 - Present
Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay ChapterMember, Legal Committee1998 - Present
State Bar of California, Environmental Law SectionMember1996 - Present
Rockridge Community Planning CouncilChair, Board of Directors2008 - 2012
Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay ChapterExecutive Committee1997 - 1998
Alameda County Bar AssociationN/A1992 - 2006
Association of California Water AgenciesMember, Board of Directors1992 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hayward Area Planning Association v. Alameda County Transportation Authority et al.judgment for plaintiff
El Sobrante Valley Legal Defense Fund v. City of Richmond et al.Judgment for petitioner/plaintiff
Stow v. Smith et al.Writ of mandate denied
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Publication nameTitleDate
Alameda County Bar Association BulletinCAPP Initiatives - Another Perspective2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New College of California School of LawPublic Interest LawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Harvard UniversityBiochemistryPhD - Doctorate1976
Brown UniversityBiologyA.B./Sc.M. (cum laude with honors in biology)1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advancing Social Justice Through the LawCan a bunch of Lawyers Help Save the Planet?2007
Does CEQA Need to be Reformed?What Works in CEQA and What Doesn't2005
Urban Environmental LawUrban Environmental Law1998