Biography

David Lazerwitz’s practice focuses on federal and state environmental and natural resource laws, permitting, and land use matters, with an emphasis on the permitting, entitlements, and contractual requirements of large-scale renewable energy generation, energy storage, and infrastructure projects. He regularly advises clients on a wide array of issues arising in the planning, development and construction of solar and wind generation and energy storage projects and has served as outside counsel on the development of over 4 gigawatts of renewable energy and storage projects.

David’s compliance and permitting practice focuses on environmental impact analysis, endangered species, water quality, wetlands, and federal public lands issues, and working with agency officials and staff to address and obtain necessary development approvals. He has extensive experience in all aspects of project and site development, from orchestrating overall permitting strategies for complex large-scale development projects to securing individual permits and approvals.

David draws upon his project development experience to provide due diligence, purchase and sale agreement support, and counseling advice in connection with project equity and debt financing. He also is involved in negotiating and addressing permitting and environmental issues during project construction and operational phases, and advising companies in connection with site activities to ensure that the project remains in compliance with applicable permits and regulatory requirements.

David possesses significant federal and state court litigation and administrative appeal experience, including more than a dozen federal appellate arguments in environmental cases. In his litigation practice, he represents clients in actions arising pursuant to a wide range of environmental, natural resources, and public land laws. He also has extensive experience in defending federal citizen suit actions and in negotiating settlement and consent agreements.

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA, Environment - California (2018-2019, 2021)
  • Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Energy Law, Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law (2016-2022)
  • 2021 Lawyer of the Year Award (San Francisco) - Natural Resources Law, Best Lawyers of America
  • Who’s Who Legal for Environmental Law (2017)
  • Daily Journal California’s Top 50 Development Lawyers (2014)
  • Legal Media Group’s CleanTech 100 (2013)
  • 2010 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) award for his pro bono efforts to secure a federal ruling protecting California deserts from off-road vehicle impacts. 
  • Northern California Super Lawyers in Environmental Law (2011-2021)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Environmental Law Program Advisory Board, Indiana University School of Law
  • Member, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, American Bar Association
  • Member, Steering Committee, Renewable Energy Speaker Series, Environmental Law Institute and UC Berkeley Center for Law, Energy and the Environment
  • Member, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Former Attorney, Appellate Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Robert H. Henry on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Firm Highlights

Publication

Platform Ecosystems – The Landscape of US and EU Legislation (Webinar)

Stephanie Skaff and Nate Garhart discuss "Platform Ecosystems – The Landscape of US and EU Legislation." Several new bills targeting online platform companies are making their way through state and federal legislative bodies in the...

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Illinois Courts Largely Favor Coverage for BIPA Cases Under CGL Policies

Since Illinois passed its Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) in 2008, there has been a proliferation of class action lawsuits filed pursuant to the statute. BIPA generally bars private entities from collecting, capturing, purchasing...

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Upside: Changes in the VCAP Liability Coverage Market

Over the past few years, there's been a dramatic rise in premiums in the venture capital liability insurance market and a steady increase in claims being submitted under those policies. We're also seeing a...

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News

Companies Increasingly Investigating Their Own Cultures—Even When There Are No Complaints

Aviva Gilbert, Farella partner and co-chair of the firm's White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Corporate Investigations practice, spoke to Corporate Counsel for the article "Companies Increasingly Investigating Their Own Cultures—Even When There Are...

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among 2022 Best Places to Work

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The 15th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages

Jim Colopy is a speaker at the 15th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages on the panel addressing "Federal Jurisdiction: Waters of the United States.” 

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Upside: Litigation Trends In the Private Equity and Venture Capital Space

In today's Upside episode, we explore fiduciary duty in the venture capital context. Can owners of a venture capital management company act in ways that explicitly disadvantage their business partners? Can they agree to...

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Fire Season Preparedness: What Wineries Should Do

Tyler Gerking is the moderator and Jennifer Bentley is a speaker at the Paso Robles Wine Alliance program "Fire Season Preparedness: What Wineries Should Do.”  Guest speakers include Piper Cole and Joe Nordlinger of...

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Platform Ecosystems: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Other Scraping Law Developments (Webinar)

Join Stephanie Skaff and Erik Olson in the discussion on "Platform Ecosystems: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Other Scraping Law Developments." Web scraping has existed as long as the World Wide Web has...

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News

Katherine Philippakis Named Among the Top Women Lawyers in California by Daily Journal

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce the selection of partner Katherine Philippakis to the Daily Journal ’s 2022 list of California’s "Top Women Lawyers." The annual list honors the achievements of leading...

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