Four attorneys at Best Best & Krieger LLP were named as Southern California Super Lawyers for 2013 for their expertise in environmental and municipal law. The attorneys are Eric L. Garner, Michelle Ouellette and Gregory K. Wilkinson for environmental law, and Scott H. Campbell for government/municipal law. The selection is significant because only five percent of Southern California lawyers, excluding San Diego (which has its own list), received this honor.
Garner is managing partner of Best Best & Krieger, overseeing the firm’s nine offices and nearly 200 attorneys. He is one of the leading experts on water law in California and has litigated cases and negotiated key agreements involving major water bodies across the state. Garner also works with renewable energy firms to obtain water supplies for solar plants in the California desert. He is a member of the International Bar Association council that oversees the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law.
Ouellette is known for her expertise in federal and state endangered species laws, the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. She steered two of the nation’s largest habitat conservation plans through a maze of environmental requirements, protecting dozens of endangered species in Southern California while allowing development to move forward.
Wilkinson works on key cases in California involving water rights, water quality, endangered species and environmental impact reporting issues. He successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court in Bennett v. Spear, 520 U.S. 154 (1997), a case involving endangered species and an irrigation project that straddles the California/Oregon border. He also serves as counsel to the State Water Contractors in litigation and administrative proceedings relating to the San Francisco Bay-Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta Estuary.
Campbell, a municipal lawyer and litigator with extensive trial experience, represents public entities as both general counsel and public works construction counsel. He has supervised public works projects involving more than $450 million in public funding and serves as city attorney for Avalon and general counsel for the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District.
About Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters.