Overview

Liz Klebaner advises public agency and corporate clients on a variety of complex land use and environmental matters, and she litigates in both state and federal court.  While based in Nossaman’s Los Angeles office, Liz has strong ties to Nossaman’s Orange County and San Francisco offices.  She spent her first years with Nossaman at the firm’s Orange County office, and continues to advise a range of public agency clients and corporate clients in connection with projects proposed in Orange, Riverside, Imperial, and San Diego counties.  She regularly works out of Nossaman’s San Francisco office on projects proposed in the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area at large.

Liz regularly comments on CEQA developments and contributes to Nossaman’s Endangered Species Law & Policy Blog.  Her coverage of environmental law matters has been published in online and print environmental law news outlets.

Prior to joining Nossaman, Liz represented energy industry stakeholders in regulatory proceedings before the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, and the California Air Resources Board.

Experience

Experience

COMPLIANCE COUNSELING & PERMITTING

Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies.  Provide environmental and compliance and strategy recommendations for corridor extension projects. Counsel on key issues, including transportation planning and public records and meetings management.

Metro Gold Line Construction Authority – Metro Gold Line.  Provide land use and environmental compliance and strategy recommendations to the Authority in connection with the Phase 2B light rail extension to Montclair.

Kern County Water Agency.  Counsel client regarding the development of a $25 billion infrastructure project (California WaterFix) to improve water supply and fulfill federal and state Endangered Species Act as well as California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act requirements.

Town of Hillsborough.  CEQA counsel to client in connection with the development of CEQA documentation for privately-proposed residential development project.

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).  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. 

Montebello Hills Specific Plan Project.  Lead CEQA counsel for developer sponsored specific plan project 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.

LITIGATION

Cook Hill Properties, LLC.  Judgment for client, Cook Hill Properties, LLC., in both the California Superior Court and the California Court of Appeal, in the matter Citizens for Open and Public Participation v. City of Montebello, involving defense of City approvals of a major 1200-unit residential project 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.

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.

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.

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Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association

Member, California State Bar Environmental Law Section

Member, Orange County Bar Association

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