Fernando Avila is of counsel in the Los Angeles and Riverside offices of Best, Best & Krieger and is a member of its Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group. Mr. Avila represents public and private clients with regard to land use entitlement and environmental review processes and related litigation. He has significant experience regarding compliance with project-oriented environmental requirements, such as those imposed by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act, and the water supply statutes, Senate Bills 610 and 221, and in obtaining traditional land use entitlements. His practice also extends over such varied specialized topics as historic resource issues, the California Coastal Act, groundwater issues, air quality planning, biological resources impacts, and mineral rights issues.
Mr. Avila has served as legal counsel on numerous traditional development projects, as well as on surface mining projects, climate action plans, groundwater management plans, multiple species habitat conservation plans, and regional infrastructure projects, including water pipelines, water treatment plants, gas lines, landfills, material recovery facilities, and highways. For example representative clients include the Regents of the University of California, the County of Los Angeles, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, Western Municipal Water District, the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, and Hi-Desert Water District, as well as numerous cities, including Claremont, Ontario, Azusa, Avalon, San Jacinto, Lafayette, Santa Maria, Corona, and Indian Wells.
Mr. Avila has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne School of Law, teaching environmental law, and has been a guest lecturer on environmental law at other law schools. He has spoken on CEQA, water law, and land use-related topics before various organizations and events throughout California, including state conferences for the Association of Environmental Professionals, the California Association of Water Agencies, and the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions, and has instructed at continuing education seminars for the American Planning Association.