Alisha M. Winterswyk

Partner

Tel: (949) 263-6565

Location(s)

At a Glance

Alisha frequently speaks on CEQA and land use issues at professional conferences, seminars and continuing legal education events.
 
Alisha reviews and drafts hundreds of CEQA-related documents.
 
She taught environmental law as an adjunct professor at Whittier Law School.
 

Alisha Winterswyk’s practice centers on advising public and private clients on an array of state and federal environmental laws, with a specific focus on the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. A partner in the Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group, Alisha regularly counsels clients on the substantive and procedural mandates of CEQA/NEPA. When her clients face legal challenges to their decisions or projects, Alisha successfully and zealously defends those clients in court. Throughout her career, Alisha has reviewed and/or drafted hundreds of CEQA-related documents.

A trusted land use advisor, Alisha is regularly called upon to assist public and private clients with navigating the land entitlement process. In her land use practice, Alisha advises public and private clients on complex land use matters involving the Planning and Zoning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, the State Mining and Reclamation Act, the Cortese-Knox Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, and other related laws. With an eye toward environmentally responsible development, Alisha advised public agency clients on myriad annexations, development agreements, general plan updates and amendments, specific plan adoption and amendments, and various subdivisions. As a former assistant city attorney to several southern California cities, Alisha has extensive experience advising planning, engineering, and public works departments. She looks for practical approaches to solving difficult land use questions.

Alisha served as an adjunct law professor at Whittier Law School where she taught California environmental law. Alisha guest lectured at several other Southern California universities on environmental and land use matters. Alisha frequently speaks on CEQA and land use issues at professional conferences, seminars and continuing legal education events. Over the past several years, she has contributed as a panelist to several AEP basic and advanced CEQA workshops. Each year Alisha coaches or advises a team of law students who participate in the State Bar’s Annual Environmental Negotiations Competition.

While in law school, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Whittier Law Review and she was a member of the Moot Court Honors Board. Alisha was a judicial law clerk to the late Honorable Presiding Justice David G. Sills of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three. In her free time, Alisha enjoys being with her family, rock climbing, mountain biking, quilting, knitting and reading. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

Education

  • Whittier Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Whittier College, B.S.


Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, Environmental, 2013-2015
  • State Bar of California Environmental Section Executive Committee
  • Orange County Association of Environmental Professionals, chapter president
Defining “Existing” Structures in Sea Rise Shoreline Protection
Legal Alerts Mar 15, 2018

Defining “Existing” Structures in Sea Rise Shoreline Protection

California Coastal Commission and City of San Clemente Reach LUP Agreement

California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Increases CEQA Document Filing Fees
Legal Alerts Dec 11, 2017

California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Increases CEQA Document Filing Fees

Filing Fees for CEQA Notices of Determination Increase Jan. 1

Proposed “Comprehensive Update” to the State CEQA Guidelines Released
Legal Alerts Dec 1, 2017

Proposed “Comprehensive Update” to the State CEQA Guidelines Released

California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Proposal Also Addresses SB 743

Legislature May Expedite CEQA Review for Transportation Projects Connected to 2028 Olympic Games
Legal Alerts Sep 11, 2017

Legislature May Expedite CEQA Review for Transportation Projects Connected to 2028 Olympic Games

Bill Introduced in Advance of Los Angeles Being Awarded the Games This Week

Property Owner to Maintain Public Beach Access Over Coastal Property
Legal Alerts Aug 17, 2017

Property Owner to Maintain Public Beach Access Over Coastal Property

California Court of Appeal Weighs in on California Coastal Act

CEQA Document Filing Fees Increase
Legal Alerts Dec 13, 2016

CEQA Document Filing Fees Increase

Fee Increase for CEQA Notices of Determination Effective Jan. 1

New Legislation Seeks to Expedite CEQA Administrative Record Process
Legal Alerts Sep 26, 2016

New Legislation Seeks to Expedite CEQA Administrative Record Process

Provides Opportunity to Streamline Litigation

CEQA Allows Developers to Recover Administrative Record Costs when Reimbursing Agency
Legal Alerts Sep 21, 2016

CEQA Allows Developers to Recover Administrative Record Costs when Reimbursing Agency

Appellate Victory for Developers and Public Agencies

California Supreme Court Clarifies CEQA’s Subsequent Review Rules and Standard of Review
Legal Alerts Sep 20, 2016

California Supreme Court Clarifies CEQA’s Subsequent Review Rules and Standard of Review

Decision Issued After Years of Uncertainty

Air Quality District’s CEQA Thresholds Limited
Legal Alerts Aug 18, 2016

Air Quality District’s CEQA Thresholds Limited

California Appellate Court Weighs in Following State Supreme Court Decision

New Guidance Issued for Analyzing Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Documents
Legal Alerts Aug 15, 2016

New Guidance Issued for Analyzing Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Documents

Guidance May Impact Agency Actions Currently Undergoing NEPA Review and Joint NEPA/CEQA Documents

Case Clarifies California’s Subdivision Map Act Requirements
Legal Alerts Jun 28, 2016

Case Clarifies California’s Subdivision Map Act Requirements

Cities and Counties Impacted

California Supreme Court Addresses the “Reverse CEQA” Problem
Legal Alerts Dec 21, 2015

California Supreme Court Addresses the “Reverse CEQA” Problem

CEQA Does Not Require Agencies to Consider the Impact of Existing Conditions on Future Project Users — Except in Certain Circumstances

EPA Issues New Regulation Governing Air Quality Standards for Ozone
Legal Alerts Oct 13, 2015

EPA Issues New Regulation Governing Air Quality Standards for Ozone

New Standards Could be Costly for California’s Public Agencies

Event Jan 18, 2019

33rd Annual Land Use Law and Planning Conference

UCLA Extension Public Policy Program

BB&K Earns Advancement of Women Award from OCWLA
Press Releases Sep 21, 2018

BB&K Earns Advancement of Women Award from OCWLA

Proud to be Recipient of Inaugural Recognition

Appellate Court Rejects Challenges to Residential Development in Montebello
Client Successes May 2, 2018

Appellate Court Rejects Challenges to Residential Development in Montebello

BB&K Defends City from CEQA, Brown Act and Planning and Zoning Law Claims

Event Mar 25, 2018

2018 AEP State Conference

Association of Environmental Professionals

Event Jan 19, 2018

Planning, Zoning, and Development Law – A Heapin’ Helping of Housing, and So Much More

Land Use Law and Planning Conference 2018 Program

Event Oct 19-22, 2017

26th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite

State Bar of California Environmental Law Section

BB&K Attorneys Appointed to State Bar of California Committees
Press Releases Oct 4, 2017

BB&K Attorneys Appointed to State Bar of California Committees

Public, Labor & Employment, Environmental and Insolvency Law Sections

Event May 18-21, 2017

AEP 2017: Bridging the Gap

California State Conference

Event May 5, 2017

Land, Air and Water: Navigating Complex Environmental Issues in the Inland Empire

State Bar of California Environmental Law Section

Art Museum Can Proceed Following BB&K CEQA Victory
Client Successes Mar 30, 2017

Art Museum Can Proceed Following BB&K CEQA Victory

Court Strikes Down Challenges to City’s Approval of Pomona College Master Plan Update

Event Mar 3, 2017

Advanced CEQA Workshop (Costa Mesa)

Association of Environmental Professionals

Event Jan 27, 2017

Planning, Zoning, and Development Law Update

UCLA Extension's 31st Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference

Event Jan 9-10, 2017

SGMA, GSA Setup & GSP Preparation

Law Seminars International

Event Nov 17, 2016

Webinar: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act 2.0: 2 Years To 2020/2022

State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section

Event Oct 20-23, 2016

25th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite

State Bar of California Environmental Law

Event Oct 5-7, 2016

LCC Annual Conference

League of California Cities

Client Successes Jun 2, 2016

CEQA, Brown Act and Planning and Zoning Law Challenges Overcome in Development Project

On Behalf of the City of Montebello, BB&K Attorneys Successful in Lawsuit

Event Apr 4, 2016

Cities in Transition

Association of Environmental Professionals

Press Releases Oct 14, 2015

Two BB&K Attorneys Appointed to State Bar of California Section Executive Committees

Partners Joseph Ortiz and Alisha Winterswyk Tapped for Three-Year Terms in Their Respective Practice Sections

Press Releases Jun 12, 2015

Four BB&K Attorneys Named to 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

A Variety of Practice Areas Represented In This Year’s Selections

Press Releases Jun 6, 2014

Four BB&K Attorneys Named to 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

Scott Ditfurth, Mal Richardson, Charity Schiller and Alisha Winterswyk

Press Releases Jan 7, 2014

BB&K Promotes Eight Attorneys in California and Washington, D.C. to Partner

Attorneys Focus on Environmental, Municipal, Business, Employee Benefits and Telecommunications Law

Client Successes Nov 13, 2013

BB&K Successfully Defends CEQA Challenge to City of Riverside Power Project

Attorneys Michelle Ouellette, Charity Schiller and Alisha Winterswyk garner victory in California

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