Press Releases Oct 08, 2018

BB&K’s Environmental Law & Natural Resources Practice Expands

Firm Welcomes Four New Attorneys to Group

For Immediate Release: Oct. 8, 2018
Media Contact: Denise Nix • (213) 787-2552 •

RIVERSIDE, Calif. —  Best Best & Krieger’s Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group has recently expanded with four new attorneys, including Partner Amy Hoyt, a State Bar of California Certified Appellate Specialist. Also joining the practice are associates Maya Mouawad, Hannah Park and Ali Tehrani. A nationally recognized leader in advising both public agency and private clients on the maze of legal, regulatory and political challenges they face, BB&K is pleased to welcome the additions to our already renowned team of environmental law practitioners.

“Amy, Maya, Hannah and Ali will bolster our already successful CEQA and water practices, and bring an array of diverse environmental law knowledge and experience that will be an asset to our clients,” said BB&K Partner and Practice Group Leader Jeff Ferre. “Our new teammates will help BB&K on its continued mission of assisting clients in resolving their environmental concerns, enabling them to move their projects forward and plan for the future.”

Hoyt is a veteran litigator who has achieved victories in trial and appellate courts for cities, counties and special districts in environmental and public law matters. Hoyt has extensive experience successfully litigating cases involving the myriad of issues facing public agencies, including matters involving the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, planning and zoning law, regulatory takings and writs challenging administrative and legislative decisions. Complementing her work in the courtroom, Hoyt counsels public agencies and developers on compliance with CEQA, NEPA and other environmental laws. She is based in BB&K’s Riverside office.

Mouawad focuses on matters involving water rights, water quality, endangered species and other environmental issues. She is also experienced in complex real estate transactions, Brownfield development and public contracts. She previously served as assistant general counsel for the Palmdale Water District, deputy city attorney for the City of San Dimas and special counsel for the Carson Reclamation Authority. Mouawad also practices in BB&K’s Riverside office.

Park counsels public agencies and private developers on complex state and federal environmental laws, with a particular focus on CEQA and NEPA. Prior to joining BB&K, Park advised and assisted public agencies on various local and state laws in the areas of charter school and environmental law. Park works in the firm’s Irvine office.

Tehrani assists clients on issues related to CEQA, NEPA and the state and federal Endangered Species acts. Tehrani is a litigator who defends clients against CEQA challenges. He also has significant transactional experience and assists clients with drafting and reviewing CEQA documents. He is also based in the Irvine office.

BB&K assists clients large and small in successfully navigating the complexities of environmental law and litigation, guiding them through due diligence, advising on issues from water law and air quality to endangered species and hazardous waste and defending clients against challenges to their decisions. The Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group and individual attorneys have achieved notable results.


Best Best & Krieger LLP is a national law firm that focuses on environmental, business, education, municipal and telecommunications law for public agency and private clients. With more than 200 attorneys, the law firm has 10 offices nationwide, including Riverside, Sacramento, Irvine and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit or follow @BBKlaw on Twitter or @BestBestKrieger on Facebook.

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