Laura M. HarrisSenior Counsel
Ms. Harris joined the firm in 2006 and is an associate in the firm. Her practice focuses on land use and environmental law. Ms. Harris handles all phases of the land use entitlement and permitting processes, including administrative approvals and litigation. Ms. Harris’s practice covers the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the State Planning and Zoning Law, the Cortese-Knox-Hertberg Local Government Reorganization Act, air and water quality, natural resources, endangered species, wetlands and related matters.
Ms. Harris assisted in the successful defense of appeals in the published decisions in Beverly Hills Unified School District v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 627; Citizens for Open Government v. City of Lodi (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 296 and South County Citizens for Smart Growth v. County of Nevada (2013) 221 Cal.App.4th 316, as well as in the successful defense and prosecution of a cross-appeal in the published decision Planning and Conservation League et al. v. Castaic Lake Water Agency et al. (2009) 180 Cal.App.4th 210. Ms. Harris is currently active in several law suits brought under CEQA.
Representative matters include:
- Currently assisting the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority in its CEQA and NEPA review of and land use litigation over various public transit projects.
- Currently representing Real Party in Interest, Friant Ranch, L.P., in the matter of Sierra Club et al. v. County of Fresno (Case No. S219783), which is pending before the California Supreme Court.
- Currently assisting the True Life Companies in the CEQA review and land use approval process of proposed residential and commercial developments in El Dorado County and the Town of Loomis.