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Charity B. Schiller


3390 University Avenue
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(951) 826-8223

Charity Schiller is a partner in the Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP. Ms. Schiller helps public and private clients navigate through the maze of laws that apply to development projects, so that those projects can be built. Specifically, Ms. Schiller helps clients comply with all aspects of the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and related environmental laws. She has extensive experience with the preparation and certification or adoption of environmental impact reports, environmental impact statements, negative declarations, addenda, environmental assessments, and other environmental documents. She also assists clients with local agency permitting and land use entitlement issues. Further, Ms. Schiller regularly defends clients before administrative boards, trial courts, and appellate courts around the state. 

Beyond her work for clients, Ms. Schiller teaches several courses in environmental law at the University of California, Riverside, and she regularly guest lectures at several other southern California universities. She regularly authors articles on the California Environmental Quality Act and other topics, and speaks at environmental law conferences and symposiums around the state. Ms. Schiller was the chair of the Riverside Downtown Partnership from 2012-2014 and enjoys working with a number of civic and philanthropic organizations.

Ms. Schiller joined the firm in 2004 and currently serves on the firm’s recruiting committee. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2000 with a degree in biochemistry. Ms. Schiller earned a graduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Riverside in 2001. She received her Juris Doctorate degree, with honors, from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2004, where she served as lead articles editor for the "Pepperdine Law Review" and was awarded for writing excellence.


  • Pepperdine University, J.D. (2004)
  • University of California, Riverside, M.S. (2001)
  • University of Oregon, B.S. (2000)

Bar Admissions

  • California (2004)


  • Super Lawyers “Southern California Rising Star,” Environmental (2013, 2014)
Charity B. Schiller

Representative projects include:

  • Perris Valley Line Project: This approximately $250 million Project is the first major extension of Metrolink service in southern California in the last decade. The Project extends Metrolink service from the City of Riverside to the City of Perris and includes rail track upgrades, safety features, and four new commuter stations. The Project required extensive CEQA and NEPA environmental review processes.
  • State Route-91 Corridor Improvement Project: The Project is a $1.3 billion investment that will widen and improve State Route 91 and Interstate 15. This Project underwent extensive environmental review under both NEPA and CEQA.
  • 500 MW Photovoltaic Solar Project: This Project is located on Bureau of Land Management and non-federal lands. The Project involved a joint NEPA/CEQA process, and participation in California’s AB 900 Leadership streamlining program. 
  • 550 MW Photovoltaic Solar Project: This Project is located on Bureau of Land Management and non-federal lands. The Project involved the use of a NEPA document to complete the CEQA process, and permitting through California Public Utilities Commission and the County of Riverside. 
  • 1,557-Acre Mixed-Use Specific Plan Project: The Project is located in San Bernardino County and includes approximately 3,114 residential units, 15 acres of commercial development, and approximately 336 acres of parks and open space. The Project is sustainably designed, supporting the use of solar energy, recycling, building energy efficiency standards, and water conservation. The Project includes extensive CEQA review, the approval of a Specific Plan, and land use approvals.
  • 88-Acre Distribution Warehouse Project: The Project involved an over 1.9 million square foot distribution warehouse for cold storage, dry goods, and manufacturing. The Project proceeded via a CEQA exemption, which was upheld as adequate by the appellate court. (Health First v. March Joint Powers Authority (2009) 174 Cal.App.4th 1135.)
Charity B. Schiller
  • Co-author, “Senate Bill 375: Implementing a Framework for Greenhouse Gas Reduction,” 16.2 A.B.A. Climate Change, Sustainable Development, & Ecosystems Committee Newsletter, October 2013
  • “CEQA Streamlining: Geography and Addressing Climate Change Can Help,”, October 3, 2012
  • Co-author, “Debate Over Telecommunications Projects Reopened,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 2, 2012
  • “A Commitment to Serve: Best Best & Krieger Gives back to the Community,” Riverside Lawyer Magazine, November 2011

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