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

Event

CalCPA: Wine Industry Conference

Lauren Gilbreth will present the session "Succession Planning" at the CalCPA - Wine Industry Conference. The ever dynamic wine industry is fraught with complicated tax, labor and accounting issues. Please join us as we...

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Complex Civil Litigation Symposium

Doug Dexter is a member of the planning committee for the 2019 Complex Civil Litigation Symposium.

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News

A Major Victory for hiQ Labs, Ninth Circuit Upholds Its Right to Access Publicly Available LinkedIn Data

In a blockbuster ruling, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed startup hiQ Labs, Inc.’s preliminary injunction (PI) against LinkedIn granted by Judge Edward Chen of the United States District Court for the Northern...

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Publication

Changing Climate, Changing Laws: Addressing CEQA’s New Wildfire Risk Requirements in Project Development

Wildfires pose an increasingly serious threat to the public and environment in California. So it should be no surprise that the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) amended Appendix G of California Environmental...

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Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

Lysondra Ludwig will speak at the WCS Talks - a full day TED-Style event and startup pitch competition hosted by Google.

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Publication

San Francisco COPA Program Rules Released

The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) released program rules for the Community to Purchase Act (COPA) on September 3, 2019. The recently enacted COPA program (codified in Chapter 41B of the...

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Publication

3 Lessons For Calif. Insureds From Late-Notice Rule Decision

In Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company,[1] the California Supreme Court resolved two previously open questions in insurance law: (1) it concluded that the notice-prejudice rule[2] is a fundamental public policy of California...

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News

Farella Braun + Martel Advises on Sale of 2,300-Acre Foote Ranch

Farella Braun + Martel represented a trust that owned 50% of the iconic 2,300-acre Foote Ranch in Sonoma, California in disputes with the ranch’s co-owners and in the subsequent $23.7 million sale of the...

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California Supreme Court Ruling Clarifies That the Notice-Prejudice Rule Is a Fundamental Public Policy That May Override Choice of Law Provisions

In  Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company , the California Supreme Court resolved two previously open questions in insurance law: (1) it concluded that the notice-prejudice rule [1]  is a fundamental public policy...

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News

Ninth Circuit Upholds Data Miner's Injunction Against LinkedIn

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with data analytics company hiQ Labs, Inc. and upheld an injunction barring LinkedIn from blocking it from accessing information made publicly available by the professional networking site’s users...

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