Brennan Bentley focuses her practice on compliance and permitting matters arising under federal and state environmental review laws, natural resource laws, and public lands and land use statutes. She has particular experience with the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, federal Endangered Species Act, California Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, among other federal and state environmental and natural resource laws. Brennan also advises clients on matters related to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the California Public Records Act.
In addition to providing advice related to compliance and permitting matters, Brennan represents clients in federal and state court, in administrative proceedings and appeals, and in enforcement actions brought by state district attorneys and regulatory agencies. Her litigation and enforcement defense practice includes defending clients against administrative and civil challenges to CEQA and related land use approvals, enforcement actions seeking to impose liability for cleanup and site remediation, toxic tort lawsuits, and products liability litigation and Proposition 65 citizen enforcement.
Brennan's white collar and internal investigations experience includes conducting sensitive internal investigations involving potential criminal and civil liability and representing companies and individuals in government enforcement actions. She has handled matters involving allegations of fraud, trade secret theft, bribery, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
She served as a legal intern in the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division, where she assisted with vessel pollution prosecutions under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS, which implements MARPOL) and Title 18 of the U.S. Code.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Vice-Chair, 2015 Fall Conference Planning Committee, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association
- Co-Chair, Section of Environment, Land Use, and Real Estate, Barristers, Bar Association of San Francisco