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

News

Farella Defeats Builder's Risk Insurer's Defense in Lawsuit Brought on Behalf of Webcor-Obayashi Joint Venture

SAN FRANCISCO, August 5, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel has obtained a favorable ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granting partial summary motion and clarifying a legal doctrine...

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Publication

How Grape Growers Can Protect Their Interests When a Winery Approaches Insolvency

A lot goes into the making of great wine, and when a winery becomes financially unstable, there are multiple competing interests that need to be satisfied, including the banks that provide the winery with...

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Breaking up the Patent Monopoly for the Benefit of Batteries

The patent monopoly is at odds with the global need for battery storage technology. As the world mobilizes towards climate change solutions, companies with battery patents will face increasing pressure to share this critical...

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Event

LSI's PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California Virtual Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at LSI's virtual conference on PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California live webinar, "PFAS and Hazardous Materials Cleanup Laws." Details: CWA violations, CERCLA designations, and NRD claims as potential game...

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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

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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Treasury Grants Relief to Opportunity Zone Investors in Light of Coronavirus Pandemic

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created opportunity zones as an economic development tool to stimulate investments in distressed communities. This tool extends tax advantages to investors in qualified opportunity funds, provided compliance with...

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LSI’s 13th Annual Santa Fe Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages

Don Sobelman will be speaking at LSI’s 13th Annual Santa Fe Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages live webinar, "Common Law Claims for Natural Resource Damages." Details: Marching into the void resulting from lack...

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News

Farella’s Raymond Sheen Elected Fellow of American College of Coverage Counsel

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City of Morgan Hill Defeats NRA Challenge, Secures Victory for Local Gun Safety Law

SAN FRANCISCO, August 5, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel, as co-counsel with Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, successfully defended the City of Morgan Hill in a lawsuit challenging its local ordinance requiring...

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