National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

National Environmental Policy Act documentation regularly ends up in litigation, often leaving project proponents in a state of uncertainty while much-needed financing is threatened. It is not enough to prepare accurate documents. Those seeking NEPA approvals need to complete their documentation with litigation in mind, addressing potential issues and objections proactively. 

Best Best & Krieger LLP’s environmental attorneys assist both private and public agency clients with the entire NEPA process, which applies to federal approvals, by guiding them from initial planning, federal permit applications and entitlements through NEPA noticing, document preparation and circulation, public review, regulatory compliance and requirements specific to each federal agency involved. Our attorneys deftly review and prepare exemptions, environmental assessments and findings of no significant impact, and we have decades of experience writing and revising environmental impact statements to fully comply with NEPA’s requirements.

With deep insights into NEPA’s subtleties, BB&K attorneys take a strategic approach when drafting or reviewing NEPA documentation to ensure that they comply with the law and effectively address issues before they lead to lawsuits. Clients rely on our proficiency regarding all types of infrastructure, commercial, residential, mixed-use and industrial development projects, our strong record of success, and our deep understanding of the interplay between NEPA and other environmental statutes, including the state and federal Endangered Species Acts, the California Environmental Quality Act and the state and federal Clean Water Acts

A single team of attorneys represent clients at all stages, advising on risk management and policy implementation, reviewing and revising NEPA notices and documents, and negotiating resolutions and defending challenged NEPA approvals before regulatory bodies and in both federal trial and appellate courts. This approach avoids the need for separate litigation counsel and the cost that may otherwise be incurred as they spend time “getting up to speed.” It also optimizes success — as one team of legal counsel can efficiently develop and implement a start-to-finish federal permitting and NEPA review strategy with seamless efficiency.

Jason M. Ackerman

Jason M. Ackerman

Partner

(951) 826-8428

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | California Public Utilities Commission | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Matthew Collins

Matthew Collins

Associate

(951) 826-8246

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) | Water
Piero C. Dallarda

Piero C. Dallarda

Partner

(951) 826-8338

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Special Districts
John D. Freshman

John D. Freshman

Senior Director of Governmental Affairs*

(202) 370-5301

Areas of Focus: Air Quality | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Hazardous Waste | Water
Todd R. Leishman

Todd R. Leishman

Of Counsel

(949) 263-6576

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Public Agency Litigation
Arthur L. Littleworth

Arthur L. Littleworth

Partner

(951) 826-8207

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Special Districts | Water Rights
Jennifer J. Lynch

Jennifer J. Lynch

Associate

(949) 263-6580

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Alison Martinez

Alison Martinez

Associate

(925) 997-3315

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Michelle Ouellette

Michelle Ouellette

Partner

(951) 826-8373

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Lindsay D. Puckett

Lindsay D. Puckett

Partner

(619) 525-1378

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) | Water
Charity B. Schiller

Charity B. Schiller

Partner

(951) 826-8223

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) | Special Districts | Water
Ward H. Simmons

Ward H. Simmons

Of Counsel

(951) 826-8366

Areas of Focus: Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Andrew M. Skanchy

Andrew M. Skanchy

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2854

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Alisha M. Winterswyk

Alisha M. Winterswyk

Partner

(949) 263-6565

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Deborah A. Wordham

Deborah A. Wordham

Of Counsel

(213) 787-2542

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Water
Mid County Parkway Freeway Infrastructure Project Prevails for Second Time
Client Successes Jul 19, 2017

Mid County Parkway Freeway Infrastructure Project Prevails for Second Time

BB&K Attorneys Represent RCTC; Defeat Environmental Challenges

NEPA Victory for Freeway Infrastructure Project in Riverside County
Client Successes Jun 1, 2017

NEPA Victory for Freeway Infrastructure Project in Riverside County

BB&K Team Represents RCTC in Mid County Parkway Project Dispute

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

Event Apr 28-29, 2017

CEQA: A Step-by-Step Approach

University of California, Riverside Extension Two-Day Seminar

Partner Lindsay Puckett Selected as a San Diego Daily Transcript 40 Under 40
Press Releases Apr 20, 2017

Partner Lindsay Puckett Selected as a San Diego Daily Transcript 40 Under 40

Annual List Lauds Young Professionals in the Community

State Route 91 Express Lanes
Client Successes Mar 29, 2017

State Route 91 Express Lanes

BB&K Helped RCTC Pave the Way

Event Mar 3, 2017

Advanced CEQA Workshop (Costa Mesa)

Association of Environmental Professionals

Event Feb 28, 2017

Advanced CEQA Workshop (Riverside)

Association of Environmental Professionals

Press Releases Jan 20, 2017

Southern California Super Lawyers 2017

Five BB&K Partners Receive Honor

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Event Oct 22-25, 2016

2016 APA California Conference

American Planning Association

Event Oct 20-23, 2016

25th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite

State Bar of California Environmental Law

California Coastal Act Takes Priority Over Housing Density Laws
Legal Alerts Oct 11, 2016

California Coastal Act Takes Priority Over Housing Density Laws

Court Decision Provides Guidance for Affordable Housing Units within the Coastal Zone

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

The State of Our Autonomy is... Moving Fast, Optimistic and Filled with Regulatory Questions
Legal Alerts Mar 17, 2016

The State of Our Autonomy is... Moving Fast, Optimistic and Filled with Regulatory Questions

Cities Need to Climb on Board or Be Left Behind

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

BB&K Partner Michelle Ouellette Named a Top Woman Lawyer by the Daily Journal
Press Releases May 19, 2015

BB&K Partner Michelle Ouellette Named a Top Woman Lawyer by the Daily Journal

Her Environmental Litigation Work Earns Her a Place on the Prestigious List of 100 Women Lawyers

BB&K Partner Charity Schiller Honored as a Woman of Distinction
Press Releases Mar 27, 2015

BB&K Partner Charity Schiller Honored as a Woman of Distinction

Assemblymember Jose Medina Recognized Women for Their Successes and Contributions

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