Biography

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

Firm Highlights

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Advancing the Careers of Women in the Environmental Practice: Obstacles & Opportunities

Sandra Edwards, Speaker, Advancing the Careers of Women in the Environmental Practice: Obstacles & Opportunities Join ELI-WELL for an inclusive conversation with women leaders in the environmental practice, exploring the unique challenges and opportunities women...

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Prior Litigation Can Impact Coverage in Future Disputes

GlobeSt.com March 6, 2019 "Prior Litigation Can Impact Coverage in Future Disputes" Insurance Recovery Senior Associate Shanti Eagle discusses how positions taken by insureds in prior litigation can impact or foreclose coverage in subsequent disputes...

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Erica Villanueva Named to 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program

SAN FRANCISCO, February 25, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that partner Erica Villanueva has been named a member of the 2019 class of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows....

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Identifying and Preparing Expert Witnesses for Trial

How do you identify the key experts you need for trial? Once you have them, what are the best practices for preparing them for trial? How do these practices vary depending on your venue, and...

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Emerging Contaminants: Coming to an NRD Site Near You!

What Are Emerging Contaminants? Emerging contaminants are chemicals in the environment for which the health risks—both human and ecological—remain unknown. They are also sometimes called contaminants of emerging concern, since the chemicals, or products...

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The Uncertain Future of California’s Vehicle Emission Standards

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Farella Braun + Martel Wins Benchmark Litigation 2019 San Francisco Firm of the Year Award

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel announces it has been named “San Francisco Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation . Farella Partner Douglas Young accepted the award on behalf of...

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Ninth Circuit Asks the California Supreme Court to Interpret the Scope of Personal Injury Coverage

On January 15, 2019, the Ninth Circuit certified the following question to the California Supreme Court: Does a commercial liability policy that covers “personal injury,” defined as “injury… arising out of… [o]ral or written...

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CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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CBD in Foods and Beverages? Not Quite Yet

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