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Christina L. Berglund

Christina L. Berglund

Associate

Ms. Berglund joined the firm in 2016 as an associate. Ms. Berglund’s practice focuses on land use and environmental law, handling all phases of the land use entitlement and permitting processes, including administrative approvals and litigation. Her practice includes the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, natural resources, endangered species, air and water quality, and other land use environmental statutes.

Ms. Berglund’s representative matters include:

  • Associate counsel defending the City of Los Angeles in litigation challenging various development projects.
  • Associate counsel representing the City of Newport Beach in litigation challenging the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of the Southern California Metroplex Project.
  • Associate counsel representing Waste Management in litigation challenging the Alameda County Waste Management Authority’s approval of an organics recycling facility.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Berglund worked as a consultant for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff advising public agency clients on all elements of the procurement and contract drafting processes for large alternative delivery projects. She was a key member of the consultant team advising on the first phase of the California High-Speed Rail Project in the Central Valley.

Ms. Berglund has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2008 and has several years of experience as a community and environmental planner. She has extensive experience in preparing NEPA documents and managing the NEPA process, as well as long-range planning and zoning analysis.

Education

  • J.D., University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, 2007 (cum laude)
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2002
  • B.A., Geology, Carleton College, Northfield, 2000 (cum laude)

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento
  • American Planning Association
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota and Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and D.C. Circuit

Community Involvement

  • Sacramento Valley Section, American Planning Association, Programs Committee

Elizabeth Pollock

Elizabeth Pollock

Senior Associate

Ms. Pollock joined the firm in 2015 and is a senior associate. Her practice focuses on land use and environmental law. Ms. Pollock handles all phases of the land use entitlement and permitting processes, including administrative approvals and litigation. Her practice covers the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, natural resources, endangered species, air and water quality, and other land use and environmental statutes.

Ms. Pollock’s representative matters include:

  • Associate outside counsel to Tuolumne County on an update of its General Plan
  • Associate outside land use counsel to Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores regarding its proposed travel stops in California
  • Associate outside counsel assisting the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in its CEQA review of several transit and transportation projects and in litigation challenging the approval of various public transit projects
  • Associate counsel representing the developer (real party) in litigation defending Napa County’s approval and environmental review of a winery project
  • As associate counsel, successfully defended the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board in litigation challenging the environmental review for the electrification and modernization project to improve the Caltrain commuter rail service on the San Francisco Peninsula
  • Associate counsel representing the developer (real party) in litigation defending the City of Los Angeles’s approval of an environmentally sustainable mixed-use housing building

As a law student at University of California, Davis (King Hall), Ms. Pollock served as Editor-in-Chief of Environs, the Environmental Law and Policy Journal. Prior to joining Remy Moose Manley, LLP, Ms. Pollock worked for six years as a Deputy Attorney III for the California Department of Transportation, and for one year as an Environmental Circuit Prosecutor for the Circuit Prosecutor Project. During her time working for Caltrans, she did a one-year rotation with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, where she assisted with drafting revisions to the CEQA Guidelines.

Ms. Pollock teaches land use and environmental law courses and seminars at the University of California, Davis Extension and for the Association of Environmental Professionals.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, 2008 (Public Service Law Certificate)
  • B.S., Community and Regional Development, 2003 (with honors)

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section
  • Admitted to all California State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts, Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Sacramento County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer Puppy Raiser, Canine Companions for Independence
  • Volunteer Coordinator, Theodore Judah Elementary School Kindness Campaign
  • Former Board Member, Yolo Community Care Continuum

Christopher Luke Stiles

Christopher Luke Stiles

Partner

Mr. Stiles joined the firm in 2012 as an associate and became a partner in December 2018.  His practice focuses on land use and environmental law, with emphasis on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the State Planning and Zoning Law, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act, the California Endangered Species Act, air and water quality, natural resources, wetlands, and related matters. He handles all phases of the land use entitlement and permitting processes, including administrative approvals and litigation.

Before joining Remy Moose Manley, LLP, Mr. Stiles worked as a graduate fellow at the California Energy Commission, where he worked on a number of land use and environmental issues relating to energy in California, including the siting and licensing of new power-plant projects. While in law school, he clerked with the California Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Fish and Game (now Department of Fish and Wildlife), and the Delta Stewardship Council.

Mr. Stiles has worked on an array of cases involving various state and federal land use and environmental laws. His representative matters include:

  • Associate counsel representing California Department of Water Resources in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Study (EIR/EIS) and related litigation for a water conveyance project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta known as the California WaterFix.
  • Associate counsel representing California High-Speed Rail Authority in on-going preparation of multiple EIR/EISs for the statewide high-speed train project. Assisted in litigation defending EIR prepared for Merced-to-Fresno section of the project.
  • Represented GSW Arena LLC as associate counsel in litigation challenging an EIR and various entitlements for an event center and mixed-use development project proposed by the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Assisted in successful defense on appeal before the First District Court of Appeal (Mission Bay Alliance v. Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (2016) 6 Cal.App.5th 160).
  • Represented the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency as associate counsel in challenge to Tahoe Area Regional Plan and associated environmental review. Assisted in successful defense on appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Sierra Club v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (9th Cir. 2016) 840 F.3d 1106).
  • Associate counsel representing public agencies and private developers through environmental review and litigation for various commercial, residential, and mixed-use development projects.

Mr. Stiles teaches several land use and environmental law continuing education classes and seminars each year for professional organizations such as the Association of Environmental Professionals.

Education

  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2011 (Environmental Law Concentration)
  • B.A., Political Science (minor in Urban Studies & Planning), University of California, San Diego, 2004

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
    • Environmental Law Section
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
    • Environmental Law Section
  • California State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts (Northern, Eastern and Central Districts)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • California Climate Change Law and Policy Reporter, Editorial Board, 2015-2016
  • California Land Use Law and Policy Reporter, Editorial Board, 2016-present
  • Selected for inclusion in the Rising Stars sections of the 2017 & 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers® magazine

Laura M. Harris

Laura M. Harris

Senior Counsel

Ms. Harris joined the firm in 2006 and is a senior 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 several published decisions, including: Placerville Historic Preservation League v. Judicial Council of California (2017) 16 Cal.App.5th 187; 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 actively defending several lawsuits 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 was decided by the California Supreme Court on December 24, 2018 (431 P.3d 1151).
  • Currently defending the City of Los Angeles against CEQA and municipal code challenges to the City’s approval of the Archer Forward: Campus Preservation and Improvement Plan.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Davis, School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Davis, 2002

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
    • Environmental Law Section
  • California State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts (Eastern, Central and Northern Districts)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Former Chair, Sacramento County Bar Association, Environment Law Section Executive Committee (2016)
  • Editor, California Land Use Law and Policy Reporter (2010-2015)
  • Selected for inclusion in the Rising Stars section of the 2010-2018 Northern California Super Lawyers® magazine

Brian J. Plant

Brian J. Plant

Of Counsel

Mr. Plant joined the firm as Of Counsel in 1996 after his tenure with the United States Department of Justice, Land Use and Natural Resources Division, and practice in the private sector.  Mr. Plant advises public agencies and private project applicants regarding the federal Clean Water Act, federal and state Endangered Species Acts, water quality matters, and the National Historic Preservation Act.  His particular experience is with project permitting and environmental regulatory compliance for infrastructure and transportation projects, master planned communities, mining projects, alternative energy projects, and business and industrial parks.

After graduating from U.C. Berkeley with a B.S. from the School of Conservation and Resource Studies with an emphasis in lake and stream ecology and resource management, Mr. Plant received his J.D. from McGeorge School of Law in 1986.  Mr. Plant served as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. where he litigated environmental cases throughout the United States. Mr. Plant is a past Board Member of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and a past Board Member of the American River Parkway Foundation.  He periodically teaches continuing legal education classes and seminars for Law Seminars International and Lorman.

Representative matters include:

  • California “Water Fix” project: Outside counsel to the California Department of Water Resources for regulatory permitting with respect to the “California Water Fix” project, which involves proposed new water diversion and conveyance facilities for the State Water Project in the northern Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  Work with the Department on all phases of permitting associated with federal Clean Water Act section 404 and Rivers and Harbors Act requirements.
  • California High-Speed Rail Authority: Outside counsel regarding state-wide project permitting issues.  Work includes federal Clean Water Act compliance, federal Rivers and Harbors Act (Section 10 and 14), and state law including Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act and Fish and Game Code Section 1600 (Lake and Stream Bed Alternation program).
  • Various large scale residential/business park development, Central Valley: Provide analysis under CWA Section 404(b)(1) “Alternatives Analysis” and CWA “Guidelines.”  Work with clients to develop effective permitting strategies and guide applicants through Corps permitting requirements, inclusive of Section 106 of NHPA, Section 401 of the CWA, federal ESA, and CDFG Section 1600 stream bed alteration agreements.
  • Amoruso Ranch Specific Plan, Roseville:  Represent Brookfield Land in providing analysis under CWA Section 404(b)(1) “Alternatives Analysis” and alternatives for regional infrastructure. Work with clients to develop effective permitting strategies and guide applicants through federal and state resource agency permitting requirements, inclusive of Section 106 of NHPA, Section 401 of the CWA, federal ESA, and CDFG Section 1600 stream bed alteration agreements.

Education

  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1986
    B.S., Conservation and Natural Resources with emphasis on aquatic/freshwater ecology, University of California at Berkeley, 1982

Professional Affiliations

  • California Bar Association
    • Environmental Law Section
  • Nevada Bar Association
  • Admitted and practiced before the Central and Eastern Federal Districts of California
  • Admitted and practiced before the United States Claims Court
  • Admitted and practiced before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and admitted to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Practiced before the federal courts of the following Districts and Circuits: the Western District of New York, the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of Minnesota, the Western District of Oregon, and the District of Louisiana.
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

Howard F. Wilkins III (“Chip”)

Howard F. Wilkins III (“Chip”)

Partner

Mr. Wilkins joined the firm in 2005 and became a partner in 2010.  His practice focuses on land use and environmental law.  Mr. Wilkins handles all phases of the land use entitlement and permitting processes, including administrative approvals and litigation.  Mr. Wilkins’s practice covers the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the State Planning and Zoning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, the Williamson Act, the California Endangered Species Act, the California Native Plant Protection Act, the Brown Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the federal Endangered Species Act, the federal Clean Water Act, waste management, water law, administrative law, as well as initiative and referendum law.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wilkins was an associate attorney in the complex litigation and litigation groups at Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard, where he represented public and private clients in state and federal court proceedings involving a broad range of matters, including inverse condemnation, eminent domain, contracts, products liability, unfair competition, and class actions. While working at Kronick, Mr. Wilkins volunteered for a month at the Yolo County District Attorney’s office, handling hearings, bench trials and a jury trial. Before entering law school, he served in various positions in the political arena, including research director for a state political party, political consultant and campaign manager.

Mr. Wilkins regularly teaches land use and environmental continuing education classes and seminars for organizations such as the State Bar of California, Law Seminars International, and Association of Environmental Professionals. He also regularly speaks at conferences and meetings, such as the annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite.

Representative matters include:

  • Outside counsel to Marina Coast Water District for review under CEQA of water and land use projects and in litigation defending a challenge to a proposed annexation.  Mr. Wilkins also currently represents the District in challenges relating to well permits and a large desalination plant.
  • Representing Homewood Village Resorts LLC, JMA Ventures LLC, Squaw Valley Resort LCC, Mountainside Partners LLC, and Kila Lodge LLC, in separate matters navigating CEQA, the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact, and land use entitlement processes to obtain permits from Placer County and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, as well as litigation in federal and California courts.
  • Outside counsel defending Yuba County Water Agency in federal Endangered Species Act cases.  The current case involves a challenge to several Biological Opinions regarding Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, and southern Distinct Population Segment of North American green sturgeon on the Yuba River. In prior cases, the plaintiffs alleged separate Section 9 “take” violations against the Agency.
  • Represented Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in defense of challenge to its adoption of Regional Plan in the United States Court for the Eastern District of California and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented Treasure Island Community Development, LLC and San Francisco Waterfront Partners II, LLC in separate matters navigating CEQA and land use entitlement processes to obtain permits from the City and County of San Francisco and the State Lands Commission, as well as litigation in California superior and appellate courts.
  • Represented County of Contra Costa in defense of two challenges to its CUPA Hazardous Waste Generator program fees and refund claims.  Successfully settled the matter after filing demurrer on behalf of County. The case settled on favorable terms for the County, and the fees remained valid.
  • Represented large retailer in successfully navigating CEQA and local land use entitlement processes to obtain a conditional use permit for home improvement store. Despite vocal opposition during the permitting process, the project did not draw any litigation. The entitlements sought included a tentative parcel map, design review, demolition permit, grading permit, building permits, encroachment permit from Caltrans, Asbestos Dust Mitigation Plan, approval for a piped canal, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit, Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification, and Nationwide 404 Permit.
  • Represented California Department of Fish and Game (now Department of Fish and Wildlife) in defense of petition for a writ of mandate and declaratory relief claims relating to whether it was exempt from annual water-related assessments. The case was settled on favorable terms for the Department as it was not required to pay any past or future assessments and incurred no financial obligations to the plaintiffs.
  • Represented clients in administrative hearings, including the California Energy Commission, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, and State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Represented start-up companies in connection with proposals to site and obtain entitlements for proposed anaerobic digester facilities that transform organic waste into biogas fuel (hydrogen, methane), as well as biofuel, solar, and other clean energy projects.  Assisting clients in consultations with stakeholders and advising on environmental review process.  Assisted clients in successfully obtaining millions in grant funding.

Published Decisions:

  • Friends of the River v. National Marine Fisheries Service (E.D. Cal., July 18, 2017, No. 216CV00818JAMEFB) 2017 WL 3034700 (Federal Endangered Species Act).
  • Sierra Club v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (Tahoe Regional Planning Compact)
    • 840 F.3d 1106 (9th Cir. 2016)
    • 2014 WL 1366253 (E.D. Cal., Apr. 7, 2014) and
    • 2013 WL 3070632 (E.D. Cal. June 17, 2013).
  • Defend Our Waterfront v. California State Lands Commission (2015) 240 Cal.App.4th 570 (CEQA).
  • Citizens for a Sustainable Treasure Island v. City and County of San Francisco (2014) 227 Cal.App.4th 1036 (CEQA).
  • Alliance for the Protection of the Auburn Community Environment v. County of Placer (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 25 (CEQA).
  • Sierra Club v. Tahoe Reg’l Planning Agency, 916 F.Supp.2d 1098 (E.D. Cal.2013) (Tahoe Regional Planning Compact, CEQA).
  • Citizens for Open Government/ Lodi First v. City of Lodi (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 296 (CEQA).
  • S. Yuba River Citizens League v. Nat’l Marine Fisheries Serv. (Federal Endangered Species Act)
    • 851 F. Supp. 2d 1246 (E.D. Cal. 2012);
    • 629 F. Supp. 2d 1123 (E.D. Cal. 2009); and
    • 257 F.R.D. 607 (E.D. Cal. 2009).

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Davis, 1999
    B.S., Political Science, Santa Clara University, 1995

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
    • Member
    • Environmental Law Section Chair (2015-2016) and Executive Committee Member (2010-2016); Advisor (2016-2017)
  • California Lawyers Association
    • Board of Directors, Vice Chair and member (2018-present)
    • Environmental Law Section Executive Committee Advisor and Representative to Board of Directors (2018-present)
    • Environmental Law Section member
  • Admitted to all California State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts, Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
    • Environmental Law Section member
    • Executive Committee (2010-2015), Chair (2014-2015)
    • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers® magazine in 2018

Community Involvement

  • Master of the Bench, Schwartz/Levi Inn of Court
  • Board Member and Vice-President, Harry S. Truman Club

Andrea K. Leisy

Andrea K. Leisy

Partner

Ms. Leisy joined the firm in 2000 as an associate and became a partner in 2005. She served as managing partner from 2011 through 2016. Her practice focuses on advising and representing public agencies, project applicants and citizen’s groups during administrative proceedings and in trial and appellate litigation, with a focus on issues arising under the California Environmental Quality Act, the State Planning and Zoning Law, the National Environmental Policy Act, the state and federal Endangered Species Act, the Integrated Waste Management Act, and initiative and referendum law as they relate to land use matters.  Ms. Leisy has also worked on projects involving compliance with, or permitting under, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Ms. Leisy regularly teaches CEQA, land use and environmental law continuing education classes and seminars for professional organizations such as the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP), CLE International, and the California Continuing Education of the Bar program. Current representative matters include:

  • Lead attorney representing Waste Management of California, Inc. and Chemical Waste Management, Inc., in various landfill expansion, TS/MRF, and alternative energy projects, as well as in administrative entitlement processes and litigation throughout the state.
  • Outside counsel to ESA and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control with respect to cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater at PG&E’s Topock Compressor Station.
  • Outside counsel to the City of Los Angeles and the Port of Los Angeles in various matters subject to litigation, environmental review and entitlements.

Representative Cases Ms. Leisy has been counsel of record in a number of published and unpublished cases which include:

  • Sunset Coalition v. City of Los Angeles (2018) 2018 Cal.App.Unpub.WL 1046243 (Counsel for Respondent City of Los Angeles)
  • Stein et al. v. Alameda County Waste Management Authority (2018) Alameda County Superior Court (Counsel for Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc.)
  • Placerville Historic Preservation League v. Judicial Council of California (2017) 16 Cal.App.5th 187 (counsel for Respondent Judicial Council)
  • County Sanitation Dist. No. 2 of Los Angeles County v. County of Kern (2016) Tulare County Superior Court (counsel for Respondents City of Los Angeles, et al.)
  • City of Irwindale v. City of Azusa (2013) Los Angeles County Superior Court (counsel for Real Party in Interest Azusa Land Reclamation, Inc.)
  • Gale Banks Engineering v. City of Azusa (2013) Los Angeles County Superior Court (counsel for Real Party Azusa Reclamation, Inc.)
  • El Pueblo Para El Aire y Agua Limpio v. Kings County (2012) 2012 Cal.App.Unpub.LEXIS 4984 (counsel for Real Party in Interest)
  • Citizens for Open Government v. City of Lodi (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 296 (counsel for Real Party in Interest)
  • California Native Plant Society v. County of El Dorado (2009) 170 Cal.App.4th 1026 (counsel for Real Party in Interest).
  • SEIU v. City of Sacramento (2009) 2009 Cal.App.Unub. LEXIS 5409 (counsel for Real Party in Interest)
  • Friends of Old Town v. City of Benicia (2007) (Superior Crt. County of Solano) (counsel for Petitioner)
  • Citizens for Open Government v. City of Lodi (2006) 144 Cal.App.4th 865 (counsel for Real Party in Interest).
  • County of Madera v. City of Fresno (2005) (Superior Crt. County of Fresno) (counsel for Petitioner)
  • Sierra Watch v. County of Placer (2004) (Superior Crt. County of Placer) (counsel for Real Party in Interest)
  • Mtn. Area Preservation Foundation v. Town of Truckee (2002) (Superior Crt. Nevada County) (counsel for Real Party in Interest).
  • Waste Management of Alameda County, Inc. v. City of Fremont (2002) Cal.App.Unpub. LEXIS 6002 (counsel for Real Party in Interest)

Education

  • J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law, 1999
  • B.A., Legal Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1994
  • B.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1994

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
    • Environmental Law Section
  • California State Courts
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
    • Appellate Law Section
    • Environmental Law Section
  • Editor, Climate Change Law & Policy Reporter, 2010-2012
  • Editor, California Land Use & Policy Reporter, 2001-2004
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2014-2018 Northern California Super Lawyers® magazine and Rising Stars section of the 2009-2011 Northern California Super Lawyers® magazine

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Cottage Housing, Inc. (2008 – 2015)
  • Appointed Member, City/County Sacramento Environmental Commission (2011 – 2013)
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Center for Youth Citizenship (2006 – 2009)
  • Board Member, Volunteers In Parole (VIP) Mentors, Inc. (2005 – 2009)
  • Member, Sacramento City-County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (2003-2008)

Publications

  • Author, A New Era: Consultation with California Native American Tribes and Consideration of Tribal Cultural Resources under CEQA, Vol. 24, No. 1, Environmental Law News, State Bar of California (Summer 2015).
  • Author, California Air Resources Board Endorses Long Anticipated Cap-and-Trade Regulation , Feature Article, California Climate Change Law & Policy Reporter (January 2010).
  • Co-author, Attorney General Sues Squaw Valley USA for Environmental Violations , Feature Article, California Land Use Reporter (March 2002).
  • Author, Inherent Tribal Sovereignty and the Clean Water Act: The Effect of Tribal Water Quality Standards on Non-Indian Lands Located Both Within and Outside Reservation Boundaries 29 Golden Gate U.L. Rev. 139 (Spring 1999).

Tiffany K. Wright

Tiffany K. Wright

Managing Partner

Ms. Wright joined the firm in 2000 and became a partner in 2006.  Ms. Wright represents public agencies and private applicants in a variety of land use and environmental law matters.  Ms. Wright handles all phases of the land use entitlement and permitting processes, including administrative approvals and litigation.  Her practice covers the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the State Planning and Zoning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, the Williamson Act, the California Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the federal Endangered Species Act, and the federal Clean Water Act provisions associated with wetlands permitting.

Ms. Wright teaches several land use and environmental law continuing education classes and seminars each year for professional organizations such as the Association of Environmental Professionals and Law Seminars International. She also regularly speaks at conferences and meetings, such as conferences for the California Chapter of the American Planning Association, the California Association of Environmental Professionals, the League of California Cities, the County Counsels’ Association of California and the American Public Transportation Association.

Representative matters include:

  • Outside counsel to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for CEQA review of several transit and transportation projects and in litigation challenging the approval of the Crenshaw/LAX transit line, the Regional Connector transit line, and the Westside Subway transit line.
  • Outside counsel to the Port of Los Angeles for CEQA review of various projects to implement the Port’s Master Plan.
  • Representing Richland Communities for several large specific plan projects, including the Lincoln Village 5 Specific Plan, a 4,943-acre mixed-use development in western Placer County.
  • Counsel to Friant Ranch, LP in litigation over the adequacy of Fresno County’s EIR for the Friant Ranch Specific Plan, decided by the California Supreme Court on December 24, 2018.
  • Outside counsel to Calaveras County and Tuolumne County in the updates of their general plans.

Published Cases

  • Sierra Club v. County of Fresno (2018) __ Cal.5th ___ (Supreme Court Case No. S219783).
  • Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (2013) 57 Cal.4th 439.
  • Japanese Village, LLC v. Federal Transit Administration, 843 F.3d 445 (9th Cir. 2016).
  • Beverly Hills Unified School District v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 627.
  • South County Citizens for Smart Growth v. County of Nevada (2013) 221 Cal.App.4th 316.
  • Sustainable Transportation Advocates of Santa Barbara v. Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (2009) 179 Cal.App.4th 113.
  • St. Vincent’s School for Boys, Catholic Charities CYO v. City of San Rafael (2008) 161 Cal.App.4th 989.
  • CalBeach Advocates v. City of Solana Beach (2002) 103 Cal.App.4th 529.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, 2000
  • B.S., Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Davis, 1995

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
    • Environmental Law Section
  • Admitted to all California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, all California Districts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Selected as a Super Lawyer in 2018 and as a Rising Star in the 2009 & 2010 Northern California Super Lawyers® magazine

Whitman F. Manley

Whitman F. Manley

Of Counsel

Mr. Manley’s practice focuses on advising and representing public agencies, project applicants, and citizen’s groups both during administrative proceedings and in trial and appellate litigation. His practice encompasses California and Federal environmental and land use law, including the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, California Planning and Zoning Law, Subdivision Map Act, Williamson Act, initiatives and referenda, air and water quality, solid and hazardous waste, forestry, natural resources, endangered species, wetlands and related matters.

Upon graduation from law school in 1987, Mr. Manley spent a year clerking for the late Chief Judge Robert F. Peckham of the Northern District of California. He then joined the environmental section of McCutchen Doyle in San Francisco. In 1991 he moved to Sacramento and joined Remy and Thomas as an associate. He joined the partnership in 1996, became a named partner in 2003, and served as managing partner from 2007 through 2011. He went of counsel in 2014.

Along with Tina Thomas and Jim Moose, he is co-author of Guide to the California Environmental Quality Act (11th ed. 2007, Solano Press Books).

Published Decisions

  • Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach (2017) 2 Cal.5th 918 (CEQA).
  • Japanese Village LLC v. Federal Transit Administration, 843 F.3d 445 (9th Cir. 2016) (NEPA).
  • Mission Bay Alliance v. Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (2016) 6 Cal.App.5th 160 (CEQA).
  • Sierra Club v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 840 F.3d 1106 (9th Cir. 2016) (Tahoe Regional Planning Compact).
  • Beverly Hills Unified School Dist. v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Trans. Auth. (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 627 (CEQA).
  • Defend Our Waterfront v. California State Lands Com. (2015) 240 Cal.App.4th 570 (CEQA).
  • Citizens for a Sustainable Treasure Island v. City and County of San Francisco (2014) 227 Cal.App.4th 1036 (CEQA).
  • California Clean Energy Committee v. City of Woodland (2014) 225 Cal.App.4th 173 (CEQA).
  • North Coast Rivers Alliance v. Marin Municipal Water Dist. Bd. of Directors (2013) 216 Cal.App.4th 614 (CEQA).
  • Sierra Club v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (E. D. Cal. 2013) 916 F.Supp.2d 1098 (Tahoe Regional Planning Compact, CEQA).
  • Stockton Citizens for Sensible Planning v. City of Stockton (2010) 48 Cal.4th 481 (as Amicus Curiae) (CEQA).
  • Sustainable Transportation Advocates of Santa Barbara v. Santa Barbara County Assn. of Governments (2009) 179 Cal.App.4th 113 (CEQA).
  • South Yuba River Citizens League v. National Marine Fisheries Service, 237 F.R.D. 607 (E.D. Cal. 2009) (Federal Endangered Species Act).
  • Friends of the Sierra Railroad v. Tuolumne Park and Recreation Dist. (2007) 147 Cal.App.4th 643 (CEQA).
  • Save Our Neighborhood v. Lishman (2006) 140 Cal.App.4th 1288 (CEQA).
  • Association for Sensible Development at Northstar, Inc. v. Placer County (2004) 122 Cal.App.4th 1289 (CEQA).
  • Friends of Davis v. City of Davis (2000) 83 Cal.App.4th 1004 (CEQA).
  • Citizens for Responsible Government v. City of Albany (1997) 56 Cal.App.4th 1199 (as Amicus Curiae) (CEQA).
  • Chaparral Greens v. City of Chula Vista (1996) 50 Cal.App.4th 1134 (CEQA).
  • Western States Petroleum Ass’n v. Superior Court (1995) 9 Cal.4th 559 (as Amicus Curiae) (CEQA).
  • Natural Resources Defense Council v. California Fish and Game Comm’n (1994) 28 Cal.App.4th 1104 (California Endangered Species Act).
  • Board of Supervisors of Sacramento County v. Local Agency Formation Comm’n of Sacramento County (1992) 3 Cal.4th 903 (CEQA).
  • Ecodyne Corp. v. Shah, 718 F.Supp 1454 (N.D. Cal. 1989) (CERCLA).

Education

  • J.D., Cornell University, 1987 (Order of the Coif, Magna Cum Laude); Editor-in-Chief, Cornell Law Review (1986-1987)
  • A.B., Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1981

Professional Affiliations and Community Activities

  • State Bar of California
  • Environmental Law Section
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California
  • Sacramento and Yolo County Bar Associations
  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell (1998 – present)
  • Board member, Center for Natural Lands Management (Fallbrook, CA) (2003 – 2010)
  • Board member, Yolo Basin Foundation (Davis, CA) (2008 – present)
  • President (1997-1998), Board member (1995 – 2000), and chair of legal and endowment committees (1996 – 2000), Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Association
  • Contributing Editor, California State Bar Environmental Law Section, Environmental Law Section Update (2000 – 2017)
  • Instructor, State Bar of California (Continuing Education of the Bar); Judicial Council of California – California Center for Judicial Education and Research (2000 – present)
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers® magazine (2006 – present)