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

Publication

California’s New Ban on Mandatory Employment Arbitration: How We Got Here and What This Means

All employers should be aware that their use of mandatory employment arbitration agreements is prohibited in California effective January 1, 2020 under recently signed Assembly Bill No. 51 (AB 51). Under current California law...

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Farella Braun + Martel Ranked Among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

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WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium

Tyler Gerking will be speaking at the WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium session, "The Role of Cyber-Insurance." Details: How much should you buy, what does it cover and how does it fit with an overall...

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Downtown Oakland Slated for Increased Development

The City of Oakland spent the last four years developing the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan to address growth and revitalization of the downtown area over the next 20 years and to ensure that development...

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Farella Assists Patagonia With Challenge to Federal Agencies’ Weakening of ESA Protections

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Litigating Civil and Criminal Trade Secret Cases: Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned

Trade secret litigation is on the rise, both civil litigation and follow-on criminal prosecution for trade secret theft. Companies are grappling with how to protect their valuable information and minimize risk in their technological...

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PFAS Litigation Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at Law Seminars International's PFAS Litigation Conference program, "Lines of Defense" on December 10. Details: Assessing and choosing among the legal options for defending toxic tort, mass tort, and...

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Newly Adopted California Housing Laws - Senate Bill 330 Housing Crisis Act

Ahead of the January 1, 2020 effective date for several housing-related bills recently signed into law by the Governor, we will explain upcoming changes in housing law through a series of updates. Our first...

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Practices to Protect Trade Secrets in Failed Acquisitions and Customer Relationships

Published on  ACCDocket.com . By Walt Norfleet, Smiths Group plc and Eugene Y. Mar, Farella Braun + Martel LLP In part one of this three-part series on best practices for protecting trade secrets and guarding...

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Chris Locke Joins Marin County Bar Association Board of Directors

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