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Stuart Milton Flashman

Environmental and natural resources Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

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About Stuart

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Practice areas

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.


Law Offices of Stuart M. Flashman
5626 Ocean View Drive
Oakland, CA, 94618-1533

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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience working with Stuart.
Stuart helped us oppose a hotel project being ushered in our neighborhood by the City of San Jose. Stuart impressed us with his expertise and broad understanding of the issues. His professional advice to our homeowners association was invaluable and greatly appreciated. Capable, knowledgeable, and effective. It was a joy to work with him.
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Posted by morris | April 8, 2008
My experience with Mr. Flashman
First let me say that I am 69 years old, mostly retired business man and during my business career I had a reasonable amount of experience with attorneys. In point of fact at one time, we were involved in an anti-trust action which spread over 6 years. That was one contact with a large law firm, which did an outstanding job for us. Mr. Flashman was referred to us by another firm. We needed an attorney to draw up referendum petitions for a citizens group which I headed up. It was essential that this be done quickly and correctly. He within a few days had the material to us. During this time he literally gave us an education on referendums, the pitfalls and possibilities to make sure we could gather the necessary signatures. That we were successful was in no small measure due to his expertise. He along the way was able to give us counsel on environmental issues and other challenges. He has had a lot of experience with the referendum process, and it was so helpful. At the end of this successful process, we elected to enter into negotiations and eventually reached an compromise agreement with the developer. Mr. Flashman became our attorney in drawing up the legal document for this agreement. All along the way with was a period of about 8 months, he was on a very timely basis able to give us excellent advice. I could not give a higher recommendation to anyone than what I offer for Mr. Flashman. On top of all of this, he fees were very reasonable, which for a citizens group always presents a problem since funds are very limited. (my choice of type of case chosen below is because you don't have a category that really fits what he did for us ) Morris Brown contact person Menlo Park Tomorrow
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-600 per hour
  • Pro bono 10 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Stuart M. Flashman
  • 1990 - Present
  • Instructor
  • University of California, Berkeley Extension
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Director
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Legal Intern
  • Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund
  • 1989 - 1989
  • Senior Research Biologist
  • Stauffer Chemical Company
  • 1980 - 1986
  • Assistant Professor
  • North Carolina State University
  • 1977 - 1980
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  • New College of California School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1990
  • Harvard University
  • PhD - Doctorate
  • 1976
  • Brown University
  • A.B./Sc.M. (cum laude with honors in biology)
  • 1969

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hayward Area Planning Assn. & Old Highlands Homeowners Assn. v. California State University
  • Trial Ct. ordered approvals rescinded based on multiple deficiencies in EIR. Ct of Appeal affirmed in part, reversed in part, published decision (slip opinion). Petition for review pending
  • Town of Atherton et al. v. California High-Speed Rail Authority
  • Ct. ordered approval rescinded and EIR rewritten to correct deficiencies
  • Stow v. Smith et al.
  • Writ of mandate denied
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  • Rockridge Community Planning Council
  • Chair Emeritus
  • 2012 - Present
  • Rockridge Community Planning Council
  • Chair, Land Use Committee
  • 2008 - Present
  • Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay Chapter
  • Member, Legal Committee
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Rockridge Community Planning Council
  • Chair, Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay Chapter
  • Executive Committee
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • 1992 - 2006
  • Association of California Water Agencies
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 1992 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorneys in Northern California (environmental litigation)
  • Superlawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Best Public Interest Lawyer
  • East Bay Express
  • 2007


  • Alameda County Bar Association Bulletin
  • CAPP Initiatives - Another Perspective
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Advancing Social Justice Through the Law
  • Can a bunch of Lawyers Help Save the Planet?
  • 2007
  • Does CEQA Need to be Reformed?
  • What Works in CEQA and What Doesn't
  • 2005
  • Urban Environmental Law
  • Urban Environmental Law
  • 1998

Attorney endorsements

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Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Stuart Flashman is probably the premier CEQA attorney in the Bay Area. Stuart has successfully prevented great harm to the wilderness adjacent to Pacheco Pass and is stellar in his use of CEQA to prevent environmental harms. I endorse Stu Flashman for environmental matters."
Election campaigns and political law Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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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Oakland Environmental and natural resources Lawyer Stuart Milton Flashman
Stuart Milton Flashman
Environmental and natural resources Attorney
Oakland, CA
Licensed for 33 years
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