Michael H. Remy
In 1982, Mr. Remy founded what has become Remy Moose Manley, LLP, when he, as the principal in Remy and Associates, invited Tina A. Thomas to become his partner. Since that time, the firm has grown to include seventeen attorneys. Until his death from cancer on April 2, 2003, Mr. Remy enjoyed his work at the firm representing clients in environmental and land use matters, with an emphasis on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Born in Posen, Poland in 1944, Michael Remy and his family moved to the Bay Area in 1958. After marrying his wife Trudy in 1964 and obtaining a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1967, Mr. Remy attended law school at King Hall at the University of California at Davis and graduated in 1970. He spent the first four years of his law career as an attorney for the California Department of Water Resources. There, his work included helping to prepare statewide regulations implementing CEQA.
Mr. Remy served on the faculties of California State University, Sacramento, and the Consortium of California State Universities and Colleges, where he taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in environmental law, water law, planning, environmental impact reporting, environmental ethics, and contemporary issues. He was a tenured professor before deciding to devote full time to his law practice in 1986. Graduates of his courses can be found in planning departments all over California and in numerous state agencies, where his influence lives on.
Mr. Remy served as President of the Planning and Conservation League from 1980 to 1989. During that period, PCL became a proponent of several major voter initiatives that provided increased funding for transit infrastructure and the acquisition of open space and habitat. Mr. Remy also served as an advisor to the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California and as a Settlement Judge Pro Tem for the Sacramento Superior Court.
In his nearly thirty years of private practice, Mr. Remy represented a wide variety of public and private clients as well as nonprofit organizations. Mr. Remy assisted large corporations and small entrepreneurs alike in various permitting and environmental matters throughout the state. Many counties, cities, and special districts relied on Mr. Remy’s counsel in the processing, environmental review, and litigation of large and small projects. Some of his most notable environmental accomplishments were heading the successful political and legal efforts to shut down the Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant and representing the Sierra Club and William Hewlett against the conversion of Shirley Canyon to a commercial ski run by the Squaw Valley Ski Corporation. In 1990, the Environmental Council of Sacramento named Mr. Remy “Environmentalist of the Year.”
Mr. Remy was widely admired and loved by his colleagues, friends and family, who regarded him as a man of extraordinary intelligence, personal integrity, kindness, and generosity. Mr. Remy’s warm presence is sorely missed by everyone at Remy Moose Manley, LLP but even in his absence, his memory continues to provide guidance and inspiration.