Liz Klebaner advises private and public agency clients on a variety of complex land use and environmental matters, including California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, California Coastal Act, Williamson Act, Subdivision Map Act, Planning and Zoning Law, and federal and state environmental regulatory compliance. Liz also litigates in state and federal court. Liz’s coverage of new CEQA legislation and other CEQA-related developments has appeared in trade publications and in online and print environmental law news outlets. Liz also frequently speaks on CEQA, NEPA and coastal law matters.
Liz is Co-Chair of Nossaman’s Pro Bono Committee. Her work as Committee Co-Chair includes mentoring junior attorneys, fostering partnerships between Nossaman and pro bono legal services organizations, and overseeing charitable contributions to organizations that deliver pro bono legal services. Liz also handles pro bono immigration and asylum matters.
COMPLIANCE COUNSELING & PERMITTING
Cook Hill Properties, LLC. Lead CEQA counsel for developer sponsored specific plan project in the City of Montebello proposing up to 1200 single family homes, internal circulation network, backbone water system and supporting infrastructure, parkland and hiking trails and a 260-acre nature reserve for the threatened California gnatcatcher. The project proponent was granted all approvals in June 2015.
Lennar Homes of California. CEQA, Planning and Zoning Law and environmental law counsel to developer of residential communities. Issues include disclosure, documentation and mitigation of transportation and vehicles miles traveled impacts under SB 743 and impacts to climate change and state jurisdictional waters.
Diversified Pacific Development Company. CEQA/NEPA compliance and litigation defense services and administrative proceedings representation for more than 5 master planned development projects totaling more than 1500 acres and providing more than 6,000 market rate and affordable housing units in the Inland Empire area of California. Duties include assisting the client in obtaining local land use approvals and completing defensible CEQA/NEPA documentation. Issues include identification, disclosure and mitigation of project air quality and greenhouse gas emissions.
Kojima Development. CEQA/NEPA and state and federal permitting counsel for development projects in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Nossaman’s duties include obtaining local land use approvals and development agreements, completing defensible CEQA/NEPA documentation. Issues include General Plan consistency in connection with management of sensitive species and vegetation communities.
Town of Hillsborough. CEQA counsel to Town in connection with the development of CEQA documentation for privately-proposed residential development project. The project involved Subdivision Map Act, General Plan consistency, open space and conservation management issues, as well as compliance questions relating to CEQA’s mandate for analysis of a reasonable range of feasible project alternatives.
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Provide CEQA counsel to Authority in connection with public-private partnership agreement between the Authority and Google LLC.
San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Provide CEQA compliance advice to Authority.
Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies. Provide public law and environmental compliance and strategy recommendations for corridor extension projects. Counsel on key issues, including transportation planning, CEQA and NEPA compliance, state public records and open meetings requirements and Mitigation Fee Act compliance matters.
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Lead CEQA and NEPA counsel to SANDAG in connection with the Airport Connectivity Project and the Revitalization of the Old Town Campus in downtown San Diego. Assisted in the drafting of and provided legal expertise relating to streamlining legislation (AB 2731 ) in support of same. Advised SANDAG in the preparation of CEQA documentation for a high-profile environmental restoration project proposed to enhance a currently degraded coastal lagoon between the Cities of Oceanside and Carlsbad.
Rainbow Municipal Water District. Provide CEQA compliance advice to District in connection with the District’s detachment from the San Diego County Water Authority and a variety of projects and programs.
Kern County Water Agency. Counsel client regarding the development of a $25 billion infrastructure project (California Delta Conveyance Project) to improve water supply and fulfill federal and state Endangered Species Act, as well as CEQA and NEPA requirements.
Rainbow Municipal Water District. Achieved settlement of all claims filed against the District by Otay Water District in connection with District’s determination to exempt actions from CEQA review. The settlement resulted in the affirmation of the validity of the District’s CEQA compliance actions and the avoidance of litigation costs. The matter settled prior to the filing of any dispositive motions or the court’s setting of merits briefing.
Solana Beach. Successful defense of Solana Beach in a Coastal Act and constitutional law challenge to a California Coastal Commission-certified land use plan for the City of Solana Beach. The California Court of Appeal issued a published decision in Beach & Bluff Conservancy v. City of Solana Beach (2018) 28 Cal.App.5th 244, finding for the City on all issues.
Laguna Beach Golf and Bungalow Village, LLC. Successful defense of real party in interest in CEQA and municipal code challenges to Coastal Development Permit and related CEQA approvals issued by the City of Laguna Beach and appeal of Orange County Superior Court decision in Fudge v. City of Laguna Beach.
Cook Hill Properties, LLC. Judgment for client, Cook Hill Properties, LLC., in both the California Superior Court and the California Court of Appeal, in Citizens for Open and Public Participation v. City of Montebello, involving defense of City CEQA, Subdivision Map Act, Development Agreement statute and Planning and Zoning Law approvals for a 1200-unit residential project and 260-acre nature reserve in the City of Montebello.
City of Bakersfield. Judgment for client, City of Bakersfield, in both petition for writ of supersedeas seeking emergency stay and subsequent appeal of Kern County Superior Court decision in Citizens Against 24th Street Widening Project v. City of Bakersfield upholding CEQA documentation for a highway improvement project. The California Supreme Court denied review on February 6, 2017.
Metro Gold Line Construction Authority. Represented client, Metro Gold Line Authority, in parallel CEQA challenges brought by the City of Pomona and the City of San Dimas. Achieved dismissal of litigation within one year after it was filed.
- 04.22.2022 | Law360
- 08.25.2021 | Nossaman eAlert
- 10.06.2020 | Nossaman eAlert
- 07.07.2020 | Nossaman eAlert
- 2019 | CEB 2019 California Administrative Mandamus
- 10.25.2018 | Nossaman eAlert
- Proposed CEQA Guideline for Highway Projects Promises Flexibility in the Measurement of Traffic Impacts, But Delivers Ambiguity02.07.2018 | Nossaman eAlert
- Major Revisions to CEQA Guidelines Proposed – Measuring Transportation Impacts Under CEQA: The Paradigm Shift to Vehicle Miles Traveled Arrives11.30.2017 | Nossaman eAlert
- Worth the Wait? The California Supreme Court Rules that CEQA Does Not Require an Analysis of the Environment's Impacts on a Project, Except When it Does12.18.2015 | Nossaman eAlert
- 09.2015 | California Lawyer
- California Governor's Office Releases Comprehensive Update to State California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines08.17.2015 | Nossaman eAlert
- Summer 2015 | Natural Resources & Environment, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Volume 30, Number 1
- California Supreme Court Establishes the Standard of Review for the Unusual Circumstances Exception to CEQA Categorical Exemptions03.04.2015 | Nossaman eAlert
- 12.12.2014 | Law360
- 10.08.2020 | Infra Insight Blog
- 09.22.2020 | Infra Insight Blog
- 07.22.2020 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 06.29.2020 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 06.01.2020 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 04.24.2020 | California Water Views
- 01.13.2020 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- New Executive Order Heralds Reorientation of State’s Species Protection and Water Management Policies05.07.2019 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 01.23.2019 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 10.18.2018 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 08.28.2018 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 12.21.2017 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists Three New Species; National Marine Fisheries Services Lists Subspecies of Hector’s Dolphin09.21.2017 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 07.09.2017 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 04.13.2017 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- Ninth Circuit Rules Injury from Future Water Rights Restrictions Too Speculative for Article III Standing02.24.2017 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 11.29.2016 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 10.13.2016 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 08.31.2016 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 07.28.2016 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- D.C. Circuit Holds Injury Exists Where Statutory Enactment Denies Plaintiff's Right to Information; Upholds Section 9 Exemption for Antelope Species06.07.2016 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 05.05.2016 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- Is Their Fate Sealed? Alaska District Court Vacates Regulation Listing Arctic Ringed Seal Populations as Threatened and Endangered03.16.2016 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- Court Holds Inadequate Veterinary Care, Sanitation, and Lack of Environmental Enrichment Constitute a Taking Under the Endangered Species Act.02.18.2016 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 01.12.2016 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 11.24.2015 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Determines that Listing of Sierra Nevada Red Fox is Warranted at the Distinct Population Segment Level; Separately Service Removes 19 Species From Candidate List10.13.2015 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 08.06.2015 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- Sage Grouse Status Hangs in the Balance as BLM Moves to Adopt Conservation Plans for Ten Western States06.03.2015 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 04.28.2015 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 03.31.2015 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- Oregon Chub is First Fish Species Ever To Be Declared Recovered and Removed From Threatened Species Listing02.19.2015 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 10.27.2014 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 09.16.2014 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is Accepting Comments on Revised Draft Recovery Plan for the Bull Trout.09.05.2014 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 08.08.2014 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- Urban Land Institute Next Group02.08.2022
- Environmental Law Institute Webinar12.20.2021
- Women's Transportation Seminar: Los Angeles, Legislative Committee Program11.03.2021
- U.S. West Coast Offshore Wind: State of the Science and Progress Toward Environmentally Sustainable DevelopmentOffshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition10.13.2021 – 10.15.2021
- Nossaman Webinar08.04.2020
- Law Seminars International’s CEQA and the NEPA Rewrite Seminar07.29.2020
- A Path to Transit and Transportation Project Success in the Wake of the Pandemic: A Panel Discussion Among Legal ProfessionalsNossaman Webinar06.03.2020
- Nossaman's 2019 California Land Use Seminar05.21.2019
- 2019 California Association of Environmental Professionals State Conference03.26.2019
- Nossaman's 2017 Northern California Environmental & Land Use Seminar05.18.2017
- Nossaman's 2016 Environmental & Land Use Seminar09.13.2016
- Nossaman's 2015 Environmental & Land Use Seminar09.22.2015
- 03.01.2022 | ELR—The Environmental Law Reporter
- 06.30.2021 | Law360
- 06.14.2021 | The Legal 500
- 04.26.2021 | Los Angeles Business Journal
- 10.15.2020 | The Mid-Market Report
- 10.02.2020 | Nossaman Announcement
- 10.18.2018 | Daily Journal
- 09.14.2015 | California Lawyer's "2015 California Lawyer Land Use Roundtable"
Community & Professional
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
California State Bar Environmental Law Section, Member
Orange County Bar Association, Member
Council of Infill Builders, Member
Honors & Recognitions
Named to the Women of Influence: Attorneys list by the Los Angeles Business Journal, 2021
Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Industry Focus - Environment - Litigation, 2021-2022
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2008, Executive Editor, Hastings International & Comparative Law Review
- Georgetown University Law Center, 2007, visiting student
- Pomona College, B.A., 2003