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Helping Secure Funding for Affordable Housing

Nossaman assisted Danco Communities craft a grant application seeking funding through California Housing and Community Development's AHSC program for a project in the City of Arcata.

Supporting a Client Before the IRS in the Wake of a Negligent Accountant

Businessman gets IRS penalties abated, in full, which approximated $300,000.

Proactive Approach Results in Favorable Results for the City of Bakersfield's Centennial Corridor Project

Nossaman for assisted with early project planning to address environmental challenges and acquire the necessary property interests.

Helping the City of Modesto Secure the Necessary ROW for the SR-132 Phase I Project – On Time and Under Budget

As a result of Nossaman’s efforts, all ROW was delivered on-time and under budget, without protracted litigation.

Eminent Domain Team Clears the Way for the Expo Line

Bringing public transit to the west-side had long been a dream in Los Angeles but it was always difficult to make it a reality.  

Helping LA Metro Get Passengers Directly From the Rails to the Air

 The crown jewel of this line is its 96th Street / Aviation station which will enable passengers to connect directly to LAX’s Automated People Mover.

Streamlining Property Acquisitions for SANDAG's Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project

The crucial project, a $2 billion, 11-mile trolley line extension from downtown San Diego to University City, will improve access in the region.

Assisting a Burbank Property Owner in Successfully Settling a Complex Valuation Dispute

After expert discovery concluded, our attorneys negotiated a favorable settlement with Caltrans agreeing to pay $4.5 million.

Assisting Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey with Restoration of Zoning Rights 

The matter was successfully resolved with the Hotel receiving millions of dollars in compensation, along with restoring its key property and vested zoning rights.

Negotiating a Settlement to Retain Santa Barbara County Property Owner's Oil Rights

The settlement resulted in the County limiting its acquisition to the surface and entirely preserving Coldwater’s mineral estate.

Fending Off Condemnation in Mountain View

The successful defense allowed the owner to move forward with securing entitlements for a 450+ unit mixed-use residential development.

Helping to Power Up SCE's Falcon Ridge Substation Project

The Project involved the addition of a substation and miles of new 66kv Subtransmission lines spanning throughout San Bernardino County.

Speeding Los Angeles to a Smoother Commute

Nossaman was one of a few firms selected by LA Metro to help navigate through myriad issues.

Saving an Ophthalmologist's Practice and Telemedicine Company's Business in Wake of Investigation

Nossaman represented a national telemedicine company and a California cornea surgeon in a Medical Board of California investigation.

Entangling the USFWS in Administrative Procedure Act and Securing Reconsideration of Bone Cave Harvestman Delisting

March 2019: the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas overturned the USFWS’s denial to delist the Bone Cave Harvestman.

Netting a Win for Fisheries on North Pacific Council's Amendment 113

The North Pacific Council’s Amendment 113 to the Bering Sea Groundfish Fisheries Management Plan does not comply with the Magnuson-Stevens Act. 

Helping California American Water Company Secure Approval for Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project

The California Public Utilities Commission voted to allow California American Water Company to proceed with its $322 million project.

U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico Grants Nossaman Client's Motion for Summary Judgment

Victory for New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in a case alleging violation of section 9 of the Endangered Species Act.

Helping the University of California Achieve First Higher-Education P3 Deal in the US

Historic achievement in innovative project delivery-The Regents of the University of California reach commercial/financial close on UC Merced 2020.

Ninth Circuit Rules in Favor of Nossaman Client Pattern Energy

On January 5, 2017 the Ninth Circuit closed the book on almost five years of litigation over Nossaman Client Pattern Energy’s Ocotillo Wind, a 265 megawatt wind energy generation project located on federal land in Imperial County, CA.  

Prelim Injunction Granted against Federal Government for Unpermitted Release of Endangered Wolves in New Mexico

Nossaman obtained a prelim injunction for New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in a conflict of state and federal regulations in regards to the ESA.

Helping Arizona Department of Transportation Seal a Deal for State's Largest Highway Project

Nossaman successfully advised the Arizona Department of Transportation on a groundbreaking deal for the South Mountain Freeway Project.

Homebuilder Secures Vital Approval for Environmental Plans

Nossaman served as land use and environmental law counsel for a master planned development project approved in southeast Los Angeles County.

Nossaman Helps Client Avoid Hazards On and Off the Golf Course

Nossaman fought successfully to keep Sharp Park Golf Course in business while protecting two listed species, despite the efforts of opponents both in court and via the political process to shut it down.

Nossaman Obtains Environmental Permits in Record Time, Allowing Completion of 2,000-Acre Solar Project

Nossaman helped Tenaska obtain permits, allowing for completion of a utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar development project in Southern California.

Nossaman Helps Illuminate Detroit-Area Highways

Nossaman helped the Michigan Department of Transportation achieve commercial and financial close on an agreement to provide an approximately $125 million street lighting project for the Detroit region.

Settlement in Emissions Case Saves Nossaman Client Millions

Nossaman successfully represented a client in the first formal hearing involving a disputed starting allocation under California’s South Coast Air Basin’s emissions cap and trade program.

Sometimes the Enemy Is In The House: Don't Let An Outside Vendor Control Your Systems

Confronted with an IT vendor refusing to return passwords and data, our oil and gas producer-client had two untenable choices.

TxDOT Procures Agreement for Segments F-1, F-2 and G of Grand Parkway with Assistance from Nossaman

Nossaman helped the Texas Department of Transportation reach an agreement for an approximately $1 billion portion of the Grand Parkway.  

Groundbreaking P3 Express Lanes Project Slashes Commutes in North Texas

Nossaman advised the Texas Department of Transportation on the LBJ Express Project (IH-635), one of the largest P3 highway projects in the U.S.

P3 Project Spells Relief for Drivers on Fort Worth-Area Highway

Nossaman helped the Texas Department of Transportation solidify a P3 agreement to launch the $1.5 billion North Tarrant Express Segments 3A & 3B Project.

Nossaman Drives North Carolina's First Transportation P3 to Financial Close

Nossaman helped the North Carolina Department of Transportation reach financial close on the I-77 Express Lanes Project.

Nossaman Shuts Down the Board of Registered Nursing Power Grab in Midwife Case

Nossaman successfully defended a 25-year veteran midwife, with over a 1,000 deliveries, against the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).

Nossaman Paves the Way for Presidio Parkway Project

Nossaman advised the California Department of Transportation in connection with the first transportation P3 under California's 2009 P3 legislation.

Nossaman Guides Downtown Properties Group in the Acquisition of the Cupertino Gateway Complex Leased by Apple
Nossaman assisted Downtown Properties with this significant real estate acquisition. 
Nossaman Handles Two of the Largest Real Estate Transactions in Pasadena, CA
Nossaman advised clients regarding real estate transactions involving the Pasadena AT&T building as well as the Plaza Las Fuentes. 
The I-4 Ultimate Project: Florida's Innovative P3 Success Continues

Nossaman advised the Florida Department of Transportation in connection with the largest greenfield availability payment P3 project in the U.S.

Nossaman Snatches Litigation Victory From the Jaws of Defeat in Real Estate Lease Dispute
Using some creative litigation strategies, Nossaman helped its client LSI Corporation turn the tables and receive a six-figure recovery from a "winning" plaintiff. 
Clearing the Way for the Completion of $1.5 Billion Rail Project

Nossaman advised the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority regarding environmental compliance for $1.5 billion, seven-mile, light rail transit project connecting Los Angeles with Santa Monica, California.

Toll Bridge Raises the Bar in P3 Financing

Nossaman assisted the Indiana Finance Authority on a project to improve traffic over the Ohio River.

Nossaman is Successful in Halting the Upper Echo Lake Fuels Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
Nossaman represents pro bono client, Dr. Dennis Murphy, in a lawsuit against the United States Forest Service to successfully halt the progression of the Upper Echo Lakes Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project in 2014. 
Improving Safety and Easing Congestion in Virginia with the Midtown Tunnel Project

We assisted Virginia Department of Transportation with improving one of the nation's most traveled transportation networks.

Preserving Measures Approved by Los Angeles County Voters

Nossaman successfully represented the County of Los Angeles in two significant election challenge cases.

Precedent-Setting $168.8M Victory in Landmark Bank Failure Trial
Nossaman successfully represented the FDIC in obtaining a federal jury verdict against three former officers of the failed bank IndyMac. 
Nossaman Achieves Dismissal of Immediate Jeopardy Case Before It Begins
Patient safety is best served when regulators provide clear guidance to facilities as to what conduct will be citable 
Fighting FEMA in the Delta
Nossaman achieved a settlement that could result in changes to FEMA's administration of the National Flood Insurance Program throughout California. 
Bridging the Gap Between Port of Miami and I-395 with Nation's Largest Soft Ground Bored Tunnel

Nossaman advised on procurement and financing of this innovative P3 which greatly reduced traffic in the Miami region. 

Nossaman Handles Royalty Stream Monetization Deal
We closed a transaction which granted our client an undivided 50% interest in the royalty stream from the pharma company to two affiliated private equity firms in New York 
Enabling Monarch HealthCare to Retain Independence

We successfully represented long-time client Monarch HealthCare in its acquisition by OptumHealth, a unit of UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Ensuring M&A Techniques Meet Varying Industry Standards

Nossaman's expertise in M&A transactions stretches across a wide variety of industries.

Restructuring Through Stock for Stock Merger
We helped a struggling California corporation through a complex merger involving an out of state competitor in conjunction with a third party capital infusion. 
Helping a Start Up Blossom

When a start-up with valuable patents needed help forming and organizing the company so they could market their products, it turned to Nossaman for legal advice.

Identifying Acquisition Risks & Rewards

We counseled the founder of an investment advisory firm that was being acquired by a public company on all aspects of the transaction.

Managing a Difficult Employee Relationship - And Prevailing in a Subsequent Lawsuit
By carefully counseling an employer who was dealing with a difficult employee, we set the stage for a favorable outcome when the inevitable lawsuit was filed.
Complex Capital Restructuring Transactions for HealthCare Partners
When managed care provider HealthCare Partners needed a legal advisor on two major debt and equity restructuring transactions, it turned to Nossaman to get results. 
Coastal Commission Denial Reversed; Coastal Development Permit Issued
We developed and implemented a strategy to overcome a Coastal Commission Staff Report recommending denial of a proposed gated single family subdivision. 
How We Got $100 Million to Clean Up Groundwater Contamination
Nossaman drew on water, bankruptcy, and insurance expertise to secure a $100 million settlement to clean up contaminated water. 
Fighting for Water Rights Before the California Supreme Court
No stranger to the rough and tumble nature of California water disputes, we secured $50 million in water rights for an investor-owned water utility. 
Pulling Out All the Stops to Get Funding for Groundwater Clean Up

We used a multi-pronged approach to jump-start stalled water clean up efforts, which culminated in a $350 million contamination settlement.

Establishment of 9/11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance
We helped to establish federal authorization for recognition of 9/11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.   
A Physician/Oral Surgeon's Reputation is Vindicated
With our help, the innocence of a prestigious physician was established and the physician and oral surgeon was able to continue doing what he does best: practicing medicine and oral surgery. 
Making a Record-Breaking Real Estate Deal
An international real estate developer turned to us to help close San Francisco's biggest commercial real estate deal in three years. 
Managing a Hospital Management Crisis
We helped turn around a high-profile medical center and hospital so it could continue to provide high-quality care. 
Constructing Profits for a Pension Fund
We helped the a public pension plan realize profits from a LEED-certified commercial building by shepherding an idea into reality. 
Compensating for Construction Defects
A developer, general contractor and numerous subcontractors could not escape responsibility for major construction defects in an investment property. 
Building Up a Neighborhood in a Down Market
We helped real estate developers succeed in breathing new life into old buildings, despite declining prices. 
Pre-empting a Cost-Prohibitive Permit
Nossaman drew on water and public policy resources to prevent potable water from being regulated as a "waste" or "pollutant." 
Solving Traffic Congestion in Florida: I-595 Corridor Improvement Project

We advised on a deal structure to help deliver a highway 25 years before Florida would have had money to pay for it using conventional delivery methods.

Creating Healthcare Choices for Small Companies

Our precedent-setting work with an insurance agency nearly two decades ago provided a prototype for the healthcare exchanges reformers advocate today.

Making the Most of An Interstate Down Main Street
We helped a village near Chicago secure federal funds to promote inclusion of an environmental cap in an expansion project of a highway that runs through the middle of their town.   
Buying a Hospital at a Bankruptcy Bargain Price
With our help, a major healthcare provider expanded its market and served a local community by purchasing a hospital from a bankrupt public agency. 
Bringing a Cancer Drug to Market

By helping a non-profit health system license its promising research we helped further the search for a cure for certain cancers.

Litigation Logistics Level the Playing Field
We brought big-firm style litigation infrastructure to support a small firm in a big breach of contract case.  
Making a Molehill Out of a Mountain
Nossaman disarmed a potentially large class action and secured a small confidential settlement on the eve of a motion to dismiss.  
Keeping a Business in California by Reducing Municipal Costs
Nossaman helped a manufacturing company lower its municipal utility rates by navigating the local government landscape. 
Winning Back a Stolen Company
Using sophisticated courtroom execution to champion the truth throughout a long jury trial, we ensured our clients were able to reclaim over $1.3 million and a company that had been stolen from them. 
Winning an Insurance Battle without Losing the War
We uncovered an insurer's deceit and secured a favorable settlement in time to prevent even bigger problems. 
Turning a Drug Patent into a Reliable Revenue Stream
A strategic licensing agreement for a drug that treats a rare childhood disease helped a non-profit research institute obtain a reliable revenue stream. 
Converting Incompetence to Cash
We made sure an insurance agent's error did not cost a terminally ill man his valuable life insurance policy. 
Pushing the Envelope of an Insurance Policy
By advancing case law regarding new technologies, we ensured Hyundai had the insurance coverage it needed to pursue litigation.  
Legitimizing Legitimate Discount Healthcare Plans
We helped develop a licensing system to differentiate genuine healthcare services from predatory scams. 
Navigating With a Half-Built Boat and a Bankrupt Boat Builder
We helped a public agency protect its partially built ferries even while the legislature shut it down and its contractor went bankrupt.  
Increasing Mobility in Central Texas: SH 130, Segments 5&6

Nossaman helped TxDOT create the first toll concession agreement in Texas for a much needed 41-mile toll road.

Making Rules Everyone Can Play By

We helped keep hospitals and medical staffs across the country working cooperatively by negotiating reasonable rules.

Resolving Conflicting Regulatory Currents
Nossaman drew on Endangered Species Act and Water law expertise to preserve discharges of tertiary treated flow critical to the survival of endangered fish. 
A Dynamic Win Against Securities Fraud Charges
California trial experience helped win a complete defense verdict and attorneys' fees for a technology client on securities fraud claims of more than $12 million.  





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