Ashley Breakfield is an associate in Farella Braun + Martel’s Environmental Law and Real Estate & Land Use Departments.
Ms. Breakfield represents clients in state and federal court in CEQA, CERCLA, ESA, CWA, toxic tort, and products liability matters through all aspects of litigation, including depositions, dispositive motions, trial and post-trial briefing. She recently concluded a jury trial in the Eastern District of California in which the Hon. J. Rakoff (S.D.N.Y.) returned a directed verdict for her client, followed by a jury verdict for the defense as well in Hill v. Novartis Pharm. Corp. Her experience also includes counseling clients on regulatory, compliance and permitting matters, particularly in the renewable energy industry, and she has represented clients before administrative agencies and hearing boards.
Ms. Breakfield’s real estate and land use experience includes assisting 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 reviews under both CEQA and NEPA.
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.
She is recognized among Super Lawyers’ Northern California Rising Stars (2015-2016).