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Nossaman LLP

Sue Meyer


T 949.833.7800
F 949.833.7878
18101 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 1800
Irvine, CA 92612

Sue Meyer provides counsel in natural resources and environmental permitting, regulatory compliance, and policy advocacy.  She advises public and private sector clients with complex infrastructure, water, energy, and large-scale development projects involving diverse stakeholder interests that require cutting-edge legal strategies. 

Ms. Meyer's practice includes preparation, review, and defense of environmental documents for National Environmental Policy Act and California Environmental Quality Act compliance, as well as other environmental, natural resource, and land use regulations, including federal and state endangered species acts, water quality protection, cultural resources, and wildlife.  Ms. Meyer regularly represents clients before federal and state regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Navy, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and State Water Resources Control Board.

Representative Work

  • California High Speed Rail Authority / California Attorney General's Office.  Counsel for the California High Speed Rail federal and state endangered species act strategy and permitting; plays a key role coordinating all aspects of environmental permitting and mitigation planning for $68 billion transit project.  
  • California Water Association.  Advises and advocates on behalf of this client with respect to proposed federal and state water quality regulations, policies, guidelines, and programs.    
  • City and County of San Francisco.  Provides advice regarding federal and state endangered species act permitting and CEQA compliance for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's 20-year water supply project, spanning 167 miles from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the City of San Francisco.
  • Chevron.  Lead counsel representing client to create an 11,000-acre conservation bank, habitat conservation plan and associated NEPA and CEQA clearance for 200,000-acre oil and gas production in Kern County.
  • Diversified Pacific Development Company.  Provides CEQA/NEPA and state and federal permitting counsel for development projects in the Inland Empire area, including Clean Water Act Section 404 permits and related Section 401 water quality certifications, federal and state endangered species act approvals, and Fish and Game Code Section 1602 Streambed Alteration Agreements. 
  • Imperial Irrigation District.  Represented client in matters connected with water transfer agreements, habitat conservation planning and other endangered species related matters. 
  • Irvine Ranch Water District.  Counsel includes advice and advocacy with respect to proposed federal and state water quality regulations, policies, guidelines, and programs. 
  • Tenaska Solar Ventures.  Lead counsel providing NEPA, CEQA, and federal and state endangered species act permitting and compliance advice.  Successfully permitted two 200+ MW PV solar facilities and BLM right-of-way in Imperial Valley.  Obtained first State incidental take permit for lizard listed as a candidate species.
  • SR 241 Extension / Southern Orange County Transportation Improvement Project. Providing NEPA and CEQA compliance strategy for transportation facility. Key issues include endangered species, wetlands, water quality, and coastal zone issues. 
  • Ventura Water.  Member of the Nossaman team special environmental counsel assisting the City with an integrated and comprehensive regulatory permitting and compliance strategy for obtaining environmental approvals applicable to discharges of tertiary treated wastewater to the Santa Clara River Estuary.  
Sue  Meyer
Sue  Meyer



J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2002

M.A., University of North Carolina, 1990

A.B., Occidental College, 1987



United States District Court, Central District

Professional Affiliations

Building Industry Association of Southern California, Orange County Chapter (BIA/OC), Member, Board of Directors

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