Nossaman Recognized for Infrastructure, Environment, Renewable Energy and Land Use Work
We were recognized by The Legal 500 in four practice categories for 2022, including Environment: Litigation, Energy: Renewable/Alternative Power, Land Use/Zoning and Project Finance: Advice to Sponsor.
In the Environment: Litigation category, we were noted for having “a depth of experience handling the entire spectrum of environmental and land use contentious maters, including litigating and resolving disputes arising under a range of federal and state environmental statutes, such as NEPA, CERCLA and the Endangered Species Act.” Our team is especially recognized “for its in-depth knowledge of environmental issues affecting wildlife, acting for public and private entities in relation to natural resources, development and conservation mandates, and the defense of high-value public infrastructure and energy projects.” Paul Weiland is lauded as “an excellent attorney focusing on litigation and permitting work on behalf of public agencies, utilities, private developers and large landowners” and Alfred Smith is noted for “jointly leading the department.”
For the Energy: Renewable/Alternative Power category, we were praised for having a team that “adds particular value on permitting and compliance challenges under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), NEPA and the Clean Water Act. Wind and solar developers feature on the firm’s client base, which retains it for the preparation and negotiation of habitat conservation plans and the securing affiliated incidental take permits under the ESA.” The Legal 500 also states Svend Brandt-Erichsen is a “go-to lawyer in Seattle for permitting, compliance and regulatory development matters.” It further highlights Rebecca Barho as an “ESA expert, [who] advises on the preparation of habitat conservation plans” and Brooke Marcus as a “key contact for electric generation and transmission companies, storage energy clients and species conservation bankers seeking assistance with federal wildlife issues in the context of renewable energy acquisitions.”
The Legal 500 stated in the Land Use/Zoning field, our practice “fields a land use and entitlements team that collaborates with dedicated practices for eminent domain and valuation, and coastal development. The team’s slate of matters includes projects across California and covers major infrastructure, housing and mixed-use developments.” The profile further adds Brad Kuhn has “broad experience [that] covers various matters in the transportation, energy, water, land use development, and telecommunications sectors” and John Erskine “has strengths in planning and zoning compliance, the California Environmental Quality Act, state resource agency issues, and the California Coastal Act.” It also mentions that partners in the group include “coastal land use expert Steven Kaufmann and David Graeler, who has worked on some of the largest public works projects in California.”
The Infrastructure Group was ranked in the Project Finance: Advice to Sponsors category. Our group was lauded for “representing public authorities in US P3 projects” and having “strong relationships with transport authorities, universities and sanitation departments in numerous states, which it assists with the development of ports, bridge, toll roads, college campus’ and water treatment plants.” Patrick Harder is acknowledged for leading the team, and Corey Boock, Yukiko Kojima, Liz Cousins and Brandon Davis are noted for their expertise.