Biography

Buzz Hines has practiced environmental law for 30-plus years, providing regulatory representation, compliance counseling, and strategic advice to clients with respect to federal, California, and local environmental, natural resource, real estate, and energy matters. He is the chair of Farella’s Air Quality and Climate Change Group. Buzz is a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

A former Department of Justice Trial Attorney with the Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, D.C., Buzz has trial and litigation expertise, and regularly defends government and citizen enforcement actions and leads internal investigations. His practice also encompasses facility and project permitting, regulation of greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions, administrative variance proceedings (including trials before administrative tribunals), site investigations, closures and cleanup, and Proposition 65 counseling, product stewardship, supply chain advice, and brand protection.

In addition, Buzz advises on renewable energy project development issues and property disposition matters, including due diligence, brownfield remediation, and securing immunities and environmental covenants. He also assists clients in obtaining environmentally-related insurance products and securing coverage for losses.

Buzz also works with clients in the wine and cannabis industries, where he assists with facility expansions, acquisitions, and agricultural and related product issues, such as advising on water diversion and use, FIFRA and state equivalent label requirements, and providing product stewardship advice.  

Along with an enormous amount of hands-on experience, Buzz brings an exceptional ability to listen to and work with his clients – understanding their objectives, and integrating those objectives into the overall strategy. In the enormously complex field of environmental law in California, Buzz is a genuine trusted advisor and consummate industry professional.

Buzz is a frequent speaker on environmental law and related topics.

Distinctions

  • Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers (2017 to present)
  • Chambers USA, Environment - California (2011-2020)
  • Member, Environmental Law Institute Leadership Counsel (2016 to present)
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • The International Who's Who of Environmental Lawyers
  • Northern California Super Lawyers

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Co-Division Director, Division V – Substantive, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2019-2020)
  • Member, Membership & Marketing Committee, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2018-2019)
  • Co-Chair, Membership & Marketing Committee, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2017-2018)
  • Co-Division Director, Division I – Membership and Benefits, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2016-2017)
  • Co-Division Director, Division VII - Public Service and Special Projects, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2015-2016)
  • Co-Chair, Regional Meetings Committee, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2014-2015)
  • Co-Chair, National Institutes and Regional Meetings Committee, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2012-2013, 2013-2014)
  • Co-Division Director, Division III - CLE and Programs, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2010-2011, 2011-2012)
  • Member and Board Chair, Board of Directors, Ecology Project International (2010-2016)
  • Court-Appointed Mediator, ADR Multi-Option Program, United States District Court, Northern District of California (1993- present)
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, Advisory Council, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (2010-present)
  • Member and Treasurer, Board of Directors, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (1997-2010)
  • Co-Chair, ABA Annual Meeting (San Francisco), Section of Litigation (2010)
  • Co-Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2005-2008)
  • Co-Chair, Environmental Litigation Committee, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2001-2005)
  • Co-Chair, Environmental Enforcement Subcommittee, American Bar Association (1993-2001)
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitrators Association (1991- 2005)
  • Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University School of Law (Environmental Law Program) (1993-2000)
  • American Academy of Attorney-Mediators, Inc., completed “AAM Seed Group” Mediator Training Program (February 1996)
  • Trial Attorney, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice (Honors Program) (1986-1988)

Firm Highlights

Publication

New Round of PPP Loans: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Matt Lewis and Julie Treppa discuss "New Round of PPP Loans: What Nonprofits Need to Know."  The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a lifeline for nonprofits and other businesses that are struggling to survive during...

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News

Nevada Links Wins Summary Judgment Motion in Case Brought by United States

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel successfully defended Nevada Links, Inc., the owner of a championship golf course in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a $100 million lawsuit brought by the United States...

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Data Center Business Deals Gone Bad, and the Risks of the “Known in the Industry” Defense

Exploring business partnerships often involves or even requires sharing highly confidential and even trade secret information. The data center industry is no exception, and its participants have in recent years faced litigation focused around...

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Event

17th Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law

Linda Sobczynski is a featured panelist at the 17th Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law virtual program. Details: Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new...

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News

Jeffrey Fisher Inducted as Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

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News

Farella Advises 10x Genomics on Purchase of Retail Center Site

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel represented Pleasanton-based biotech company 10x Genomics in its purchase of a 14.6-acre former shopping center site in Pleasanton at 1701 Springdale Ave., where it plans to...

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Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products Subject to New Prop. 65 Warning Requirements in California

California’s regulatory framework for cannabis and hemp-derived products, including CBD, continues to evolve, most recently via updated Proposition 65 warning requirements that came into full effect Jan. 3, 2021. As of that date, anyone...

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Pandemic Restriction Challenges Face Uphill Battle in California

On Dec.16, 2020, in Midway Venture LLC v. County of San Diego, the San Diego Superior Court preliminarily enjoined enforcement of two COVID-19-related California public health restrictions as applied to two adult entertainment businesses...

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Eviction Moratorium Updates for Nonprofits

Tony Schoenberg speaking on "Eviction Moratorium Updates for Nonprofits" at the March Nonprofit Education Series.  As an owner or tenant, dealing with real estate has been one of the most significant challenges facing nonprofits...

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Event

Bisnow Digital Summit: California Opportunity Zones Update

Julie Treppa will be speaking at Bisnow's Digital Summit: California Opportunity Zones Update virtual program, "An Update on Opportunity Zones Today." Details: How will the Biden administration change the OZ program? Did the pandemic sideline...

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