Nossaman LLP

Ashley J. Remillard

Associate

T 949.477.7635
F 949.833.7878
18101 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 1800
Irvine, CA 92612

Ashley Remillard advises clients on issues regarding environmental compliance, including with the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA).  Ms. Remillard has experience both litigating and counseling clients in areas of environmental permitting, land use, endangered species, wildlife, wetlands, water quality, wastewater, and transportation.  Ms. Remillard also has experience advising clients on issues relating to oceans and fisheries management, including issues arising under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Animal Welfare Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Ms. Remillard's environmental experience is complemented by her experience in public agency and public contract law, construction and procurement law, and innovative project delivery methods.  Prior to joining Nossaman's Environment & Land Use Practice Group, she was a member of the firm's Infrastructure Practice Group.  As a member of that group, her responsibilities included drafting procurement and contract documents for design-build and public-private partnership (PPP) projects.

Ms. Remillard regularly comments on news, events, and policies affecting endangered species issues in California and throughout the United States on the Firm's Endangered Species Law & Policy blog.

Representative Work

Litigation

  • Consolidated Delta Smelt Cases, 717 F. Supp. 2d 1021 (E.D. Cal., 2010).  Represent plaintiffs Coalition for a Sustainable Delta and Kern County Water Agency in consolidated actions challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2008 biological opinion for continued operations of the State Water Project and Central Valley Project on the grounds that the Service violated the Administrative Procedure Act and Endangered Species Act when it issued that opinion. Obtained injunctive relief and grant of summary judgment of all claims in the trial court, which was reversed by a 2-1 decision in the Ninth Circuit.
  • Consolidated Salmonid Cases, E.D. Cal. Case No. 09-1053.  Represent plaintiffs Kern County Water Agency and Coalition for a Sustainable Delta in consolidated actions challenging the National Marine Fisheries Service's biological opinion for continued operations of the State Water Project and Central Valley Project on the grounds that the Service violated the Administrative Procedure Act and Endangered Species Act when it issued that opinion. Obtained injunctive relief and grant of summary judgment of all claims in the trial court, which was reversed in the Ninth Circuit.
  • Georgia Aquarium Inc. v. Pritzker, N.D Georgia Case No. 1:13-CV-3241.  Represent client in challenging a federal permitting decision arising under the Marine Mammal Protection Act for the importation of marine mammals for purposes of public display.
  • Oceana, Inc. v. Bryson, N.D. Cal. Case No. 11-6257.  Assist in successfully representing clients in court regarding fisheries management issues under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. 

Compliance Counseling and Permitting

  • California High Speed Rail Authority.  Member of team advising the California High Speed Rail Authority regarding environmental permitting and mitigation planning for $68 billion transit project. Responsibilities include developing and drafting environmental compliance strategy to include in procurement documents. 
  • Coalition for a Sustainable Delta.  Collaborate with client team to develop a strategy to address significant contributors to ecosystem decline in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Assist client with implementation of strategy including through participation in regulation and legal proceedings.
  • Kern County Water Agency.  Counsel client regarding the development and review of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and the related California Waterfix, one of the largest, most complicated water conveyance projects ever undertaken under the ESA.  Participate in review and development of the environmental documents under NEPA and CEQA, as well as implementing and governance agreements.
  • Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies.  Provide environmental compliance and strategy recommendations for corridor extension projects.  Counsel on key issues, including endangered species, transportation planning, wetlands, water quality, and coastal zone issues. 
  • The City of Ventura. Assist the City of Ventura in obtaining environmental regulatory permits needed for, and assuring compliance of environmental regulations applicable to, discharges of tertiary treated wastewater to the Santa Clara River Estuary.  Specific tasks for the City include advice, counsel and representation regarding revisions to and renewal of the City's NPDES Permit under the federal Clean Water Act and state Porter Cologne Water Quality Control Act.

Infrastructure Work

  • Florida Department of Transportation – I-595 Corridor Roadway Improvements. Served as an integral member of the legal team on the procurement for redevelopment of a 10.5-mile section of the I-595 corridor in the Ft. Lauderdale area. The 35-year, design, build, finance, operate, and maintain closed financing in March 2009. Work on the $1.8 billlion project included comprehensive legal and procurement assistance, drafting procurement documents, reviews for federal compliance and assistance with proposal evaluation. 
  • Washington State Department of Transportation – Alaskan Way Viaduct. Member of the team responsible for drafting the design-build contract for the Alaskan Way Viaduct project. The project is a $4.2 billion waterfront-tunnel to replace the existing elevated section SR-99 and Seawall in downtown Seattle. Financing includes $2.4 billion in committed funding from state gas taxes, federal funding, $700m in toll financing and $300m from the Port of Seattle.

Awards & Honors

Named a Super Lawyers "Southern California Rising Star" in 2014 - 2016 by Los Angeles magazine.

Ashley J. Remillard
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Practices

Education

J.D., University of Southern California School of Law, 2007

B.A., University of Southern California, 2004

Admissions

California

Professional Affiliations

Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS), Diversity and Recognitions Committee Chairperson, Los Angeles Chapter (2008-2010)

Awards & Honors

Named a Super Lawyers "Southern California Rising Star" in 2014 - 2016 by Los Angeles magazine.

     
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