Effective appellate advocacy on environmental issues is a distinct discipline. It requires a unique skillset that includes exceptional analytical ability, first rate legal research and writing skills, and perhaps most importantly, the ability to inform and persuade on even the most sophisticated or complex environmental issue, ruling or regulation.
These skills are earned, not learned, and we apply them throughout the litigation and appeals process to:
- Frame and then preserve issues at trial for appellate review
- Advise clients on the best appellate issues and strategies
- Craft and present straightforward and compelling briefs and oral arguments
- Serve as appellate counsel subsequent to another firm’s involvement at trial
Our environmental appellate advocates have a depth of experience that few firms can match. For decades, our attorneys have been at the forefront in appeals involving most major federal environmental statutes, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act (CWA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA). Our appellate attorneys have decades of experience in state court appellate matters, and no other law firm has comparable experience in the appellate review of decisions under California’s unique panoply of environmental statutes, including the California Coastal Act (CCA), California Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Proposition 65. In fact, over one recent 18-month period, our attorneys racked up 14 trial and appellate victories, defeating CEQA challenges to several commercial developments and water and transportation projects.