Nossaman LLP

Environment and Land Use

Nossaman provides strategic counsel on a wide range of environmental and land use issues that impact public agencies and private interests, such as corporations, trade associations, large landowners, and developers, across the country. We assist clients with challenges that arise due to environmental regulation through counseling and representation in administrative proceedings, litigation, enforcement, and legislative matters relating to all of the major environmental laws. 

We also work closely with landowners, developers, homebuilders, and public agencies to entitle, finance, and develop innovative projects. We have the expertise and practical experience to provide a full spectrum of legal services for the development and use of land and natural resources. Our attorneys effectively team with consultants, engineers, in-house counsel, and project managers to devise and implement strategies to assist clients in bringing projects in on time and within budget.

Our project experience includes:

  • Coastal Development
  • Energy Projects
  • Infill/Redevelopment
  • Master Planned Communities
  • Mixed-Use Projects
  • Multi-Family Projects
  • Office, Retail, and Industrial Projects
  • Telecom Facility Siting
  • Transportation Projects
  • Water Projects

Nossaman has a national reputation for the successful defense of large infrastructure and development projects against environmental challenges. The Firm's resources include a large Public Policy practice in Sacramento and Washington, DC that helps clients achieve legislative and administrative solutions to the legal, environmental, and political barriers to public works and private development. We are hired to anticipate potential issues and develop creative strategies to avoid or minimize risk.

Professional Spotlight

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Bonnie Neely

Bonnie Neely is a member of the firm's Environment & Land Use and Public Policy Practice Groups.  Before joining the firm, Ms. Neely was a six-term Humboldt County Supervisor and a 12-year member of the California Coastal Commission.  She served on the Commission — which she chaired in 2009 and 2010 — as a governor's appointee.

This comprehensive experience has given Ms. Neely a keen insight into the land-use and resource issues affecting private development, public infrastructure, and environmental protection throughout California's sensitive coastal zone.  She has been involved in a large number of major coastal projects, many of which were precedent setting, and understands the importance of local government in formulating and updating Local Coastal Programs (LCPs) that govern allowable development.

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