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Land Use Law - Directory of Practitioners


Michael Berger, Esq.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP


Kristen Castaños
Stoel Rives LLP

Stoel Rives LLP is a U.S. law firm, with a full suite of transactional and litigation solutions for U.S. and international clients. Established in 1907, the firm has nearly 400 attorneys operating out of 12 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia. Representative clients include financial institutions, public and private utilities, energy and renewable energy companies, developers, manufacturers, retailers, hospitals, universities, agribusinesses, software companies, food and beverage companies, charitable foundations, telecommunications and forestry companies, among others. We represent businesses at all stages of growth, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
Stoel Rives is a leader in corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, real estate, renewable energy and technology law.

Arthur Coon, Esq.
Miller Starr Regalia


Alex DeGood
Cox Castle & Nicholson, LLP

Cox, Castle & Nicholson’s Land Use and Natural Resources Practice is unparalleled in the western United States, with tremendous depth and breadth of expertise across the entire spectrum of land use law. We have successfully helped clients navigate through the permitting process for just about every kind of development project in existence, including mixed-use, in-fill, master planned communities, new towns, skyscrapers, apartments, hotels, wind farms. solar farms, landfills, recycling centers, quarries, power plants, hotels, hospitals, corporate and institutional campuses, manufacturing facilities, office buildings, warehouses, shopping centers, transportation improvements, and infrastructure. We also represent government agencies and quasi-governmental agencies such as cities, counties, water districts, special districts, hospital districts, and universities on a variety of large-scale planning efforts and major projects.


Paige Gosney
Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh

Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh represents clients in resolving environmental issues relating to land use development planning, remediation, federal and state permitting, and regulatory compliance. We team with environmental consultants, engineers, and insurance companies to create integrated strategic technical-financial-legal solutions. Our attorneys negotiate with regulators and practice before administrative boards including the air quality management districts and the state water boards. JDTP attorneys are routinely involved with the review, analysis, and preparation of defensible California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents and the related mitigation programs. The firm is a leading land use, zoning and planning law firm providing and represents numerous private landowners, major developers, citizen groups, public agencies, agricultural businesses, aggregate producers and real estate and finance companies for more than 30 years.


Matthew Henderson
Miller Starr Regalia

Miller Starr Regalia has had a well-established reputation as a leading real estate law firm for 50 years. The firm also has written Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 3d, a 12-volume treatise on California real estate law. “The Book” is the most widely used and judicially recognized real estate treatise in California and is cited by practicing attorneys and courts throughout the state.
We have 40 attorneys in our Walnut Creek, San Francisco and Newport Beach offices, all of whom concentrate on real property matters, making us one of the largest real estate law practices in California. Our firm has expertise in all real property related legal matters including transactions, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, construction, management, title, environmental, and land use, in addition to full-service litigation and dispute resolution services.


David Ivester
Briscoe Ivester & Bazel LLP, San Francisco, California

Briscoe Ivester & Bazel LLP was formed in 2005 by experienced lawyers dedicated to excellence in the practice of land use, environmental, and natural resource law. The firm regularly guides clients through the land use and environmental regulatory maze and related court proceedings. We help clients develop and implement a wide range of projects (commercial, residential, mixed-use, resource use, energy, and water) and resolve title and boundary issues. We have special expertise in handling administrative matters with agencies exercising regulatory authority under the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, National Historic Preservation Act, California Coastal Act, California Water Code, California Fish and Game Code, the public trust doctrine, and local general plans and zoning ordinances.


R. Clark Morrison, Esq.
Cox Castle and Nicholson, LLP


Antonio Rossmann, Esq.
Rossmann & Moore, LLP


Michele Staples, Esq.
Jackson Tidus, LLC
Chris Stiles
Remy Moose Manley, LLP

Since the 1980s, when they first started litigating environmental issues, Remy Moose Manley, LLP’s attorneys have provided litigation, counseling and regulatory services in all areas of environmental law. Our vast experience in all aspects of environmental law will provide your organization with a broad and comprehensive resource to fit your specific needs.

Remy Moose Manley, LLP, represents public agencies, private entities and public interest groups on a wide variety of matters related to land use planning and the acquisition of permits and other entitlements. Our many years of experience encompass a broad scope of activities and laws, including: assistance with site acquisition and due diligence; amendment and adoption of general plans, community plans, specific plans, redevelopment plans and zoning ordinances; interpretation and application of the State Planning & Zoning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, the Williamson Act, State and Federal Endangered Species Acts, the Coastal Act, and other related land use statutes.