Energy + Natural Resources

Natural Resource Protection

Farella assists companies manage their impact on the natural resources of their facilities’ environment. Many of our clients tread into undeveloped regions affecting the flora and fauna in new ways, while other clients require support to cleanup historic Superfund-type sites and redevelop environmentally compromised property.  In these highly regulated environments, we have the depth and breadth of experience to provide appropriate teams for any engagement, small or large, including the most complex, multi-party, high-stakes and sensitive development, redevelopment or litigation matters.

We are trial attorneys, advocates and counselors and are known throughout the industry for our responsiveness and commitment to our clients’ interests.  Our environmental, land use, renewable energy, real estate and project development practices and lawyers are highly ranked by entities such as Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation and various “Top” or “Best of” lists.

“They are excellent – responsive, experienced and helpful.  Farella has solid environmental practice group with real depth in experience.”

Chambers USA 2019

Farella’s well-known reputation with regulatory decision-makers is demonstrated through mutual respect and our ability to develop unique, well-supported strategies that achieve our clients’ objectives within appropriate regulatory frameworks.  Our extensive cross-discipline natural resource expertise enables us to offer multi-disciplinary teams to provide the most appropriate experience for any engagement or specialized assignment.  A few areas to specifically highlight in our natural resource experience:

  • Air, water and hazardous waste
  • Regulatory due diligence (e.g., NEPA, CEQA and land use) in project development and business and real estate transactions
  • Superfund, natural resource, and cost recovery litigation
  • Wetlands and endangered species
  • Citizen suits and private attorneys general actions
  • Civil and criminal enforcement actions and internal investigations

Firm Highlights

Publication

A Roadmap to Litigating Privacy Claims? A Look at a Recent Order From the Google Assistant Privacy Litigation

As privacy-related litigation continues to heat up, Judge Beth Freeman (ND Cal.) recently laid out in In re Google Assistant Privacy Litigation (Case No. 19-cv-04286) [1] a potential roadmap for surviving or winning a...

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News

Cyber Insurance Demand Heats Up As COVID-19 Hacks Rise

Tyler Gerking spoke to Law360 for the article "Cyber Insurance Demand Heats Up As COVID-19 Hacks Rise." As far as insurance coverage being available for fines and penalties that arise out of privacy and data security laws such as...

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Event

7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop

Brian Donnelly is presenting the case study session, "Managing Partner Performance" at Fairfax Associates' 7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop. Click here for more information.

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Permitting Utility-Scale Battery Energy Storage Projects: Lessons From California

The increasing mandates and incentives for the rapid deployment of energy storage are resulting in a boom in the deployment of utility-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS). In the first installment of our series...

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News

Dan Cohn Named to American Friends of Tel Aviv University Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO, May 26, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel Partner Daniel E. Cohn was elected to the American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) Board of Directors. AFTAU is a nonprofit organization that raises...

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Event

Employment Laws and the New Normal: New Workplace Obligations and a New Look at Prior Obligations (Webinar)

Holly Sutton and Rebecca Stephens present the program "Employment Laws and the New Normal: New Workplace Obligations and a New Look at Prior Obligations" to the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. ...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insights and Resources

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption throughout the US that we have not seen in generations. Governmental entities, academia, and the private sector are working diligently to contain COVID-19 while it...

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Event

CLA IP Section Technology, Internet, and Privacy Law Interest Group

With only a month and a half to go before Attorney General enforcement, Sushila Chanana, of Farella, Braun + Martel, will discuss the private right of action under the CCPA and some patterns that have...

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News

Coronavirus: Can tech allay the dangers of the Bay Area office of the future?

Rebecca Stephens spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle about legal considerations that could potentially hinder a return to physical work as much as technological ones. Link to the article: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Coronavirus-Can-tech-allay-the-dangers-of-the-15246378.php

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Zoom Successfully Addresses New York’s Privacy and Security Concerns

A few weeks ago on this blog, we addressed some of the legal issues that have arisen for Zoom , as it becomes a significant part of American daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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