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Fernando Avila

Of Counsel

3390 University Avenue
5th Floor
(213) 787-2549
Los Angeles
300 South Grand Avenue
25th Floor
(213) 787-2549

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 the 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.  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 extensively on CEQA, water law, and land use-related topics before various organizations and events throughout California.

Mr. Avila attended the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and graduated from Harvard College with a A.B., magna cum laude, in the History of Science.


  • University of California, Berkeley, J.D. (2001)
  • Harvard University, A.B., magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California (2001)


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, member
  • Real Property and Environmental Law sections of the California State Bar, member
  • Inland Empire Chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals, member
  • Harvard Club of Southern California, member

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