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David Lazerwitz and Steven Vettel Named Among California’s Top 50 Development Lawyers

August 15, 2014 Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, August 15, 2014 – Farella Braun + Martel LLP announces that David J. Lazerwitz and Steven L. Vettel have been named among the Daily Journal’s Top 50 Development Lawyers in California.

Lazerwitz is co-chair of Farella’s Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies Practice Group and a partner in the Environmental Law Department. His practice focuses on federal and state environmental and natural resource laws, permitting and land use matters. He has extensive experience in all aspects of project and site development including orchestrating overall permitting strategies for several large-scale renewable energy development projects throughout California and Nevada. His compliance and permitting work focuses on water quality, wetlands, environmental impact analysis, endangered species, hazardous waste and federal public lands issues. In 2010, he received the 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 and was recently named to Legal Media Group’s CleanTech 100. Lazerwitz earned his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law (1995).

Vettel is a land use partner in Farella’s Real Estate & Land Use Department, where his practice focuses on representing Northern California developers, property and business owners in land use, zoning, legislative and litigation matters. He has successfully represented several major developers in obtaining land use entitlements for the construction of some of the Bay Area’s largest residential, commercial and institutional developments. He serves as a director of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR). Vettel is recognized in Chambers USA as a leading California land use lawyer and is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the Land Use and Zoning Law practice area. Vettel earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (1984).

Farella Braun + Martel represents clients throughout the United States and abroad in sophisticated business transactions and high-stakes commercial, civil and criminal litigation. Farella lawyers are known for their imaginative legal solutions, dynamism and intellectual creativity. With an unwavering service ethic and interdisciplinary team approach, the firm is committed to advancing clients' objectives in the most effective, coordinated and efficient manner. Founded in 1962, Farella is headquartered in San Francisco and maintains an office in the Napa Valley focused on the wine industry. www.fbm.com

Contact:
Cheryl Loof
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
415.954.4433
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