Ashley E. Breakfield

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Ashley Breakfield represents large and small businesses, as well as individual property owners, in sophisticated environmental, land use and real estate matters. 

Ms. Breakfield’s environmental law practice focuses on counseling clients on complex regulatory and compliance matters involving state and federal environmental, land use and natural resources laws and statutes, including facility and project permitting, hazardous waste compliance counseling, cost recovery and site remediation processes under CERCLA, RCRA and CWA, site investigations and related enforcement actions, and natural resource damages claims and assessments.  

In real estate and land use, Ms. Breakfield assists private property owners, large-scale urban developers, wineries, and renewable energy companies with complex project development strategies.  She has represented clients through permitting and entitlement proceedings, including evaluating and obtaining use permits and other related entitlements, and counseled clients on environmental review under both CEQA and NEPA.

Ms. Breakfield has extensive litigation experience. She has represented clients in state and federal court in CEQA, CERCLA, ESA, CWA, toxic tort, construction, administrative mandamus and products liability matters through all aspects of litigation, including depositions, dispositive motions, trial and post-trial briefing.  Her experience also includes representing clients before administrative agencies and hearing boards.

Ms. Breakfield served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Edward M. Chen of the United States District Court, Northern District of California, and as a legal intern for the California Attorney General’s Office – Natural Resources Section and the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment.