|J.D., 1997, with distinction, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law|
|B.A., 1991, University of California, Davis|
|U.S. District Court, Northern District of California|
|U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California|
|U.S. District Court, Central District of California|
|U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit|
|U.S. Supreme Court|
American Jurisprudence Award – Taxation
Traynor Honor Society
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Environmental Law Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Bar
Tim's practice focuses primarily on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) administrative review and litigation. He brings a decade of administrative, litigation and appellate experience in the natural resources and land use areas.
Tim has represented both public agencies and private clients in a broad range of CEQA and land use matters in litigation and administrative processing of projects. His experience under CEQA includes issues relating to compliance, litigation and settlement, including litigating issues of first impression concerning Water Supply Assessments (WSA) and Sphere of Influence (SOI) actions. In land use matters, Tim's experience includes issues involving planning and zoning, the Subdivision Map Act and redevelopment law. He has represented clients in matters involving large scale housing tracts, commercial centers, industrial projects, mining projects, and public infrastructure projects including school facilities.
Tim also has experience litigating matters under the federal Administrative Procedures Act (APA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Clean Water Act (CWA), as well as defending claims arising from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). His appellate experience in the natural resources area includes briefing and argument before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and California Courts of Appeal.
Prior to joining the firm, Tim was a partner with Burke, Williams & Sorensen in Los Angeles.
|Represented city in denial of beachfront owner’s vested rights claim under the Coastal Act.|
|Represented city in challenge to coastal zone land use authority by oil and gas facility.|
|Performed due diligence for entitlement of multiple lots along the Gaviota Coast.|
|Defend action taken in furtherance of the City of Long Beach's major clean air initiatives based on alleged violation of the Open Meeting Law, alleged improper delegation of police powers and alleged violations of the California Environmental Quality Act.|
|On behalf of a national homebuilder, Brownstein obtained approval of the Water Supply Assessment, final Environmental Impact Report, General Plan Amendments and Specific Plan for development of a 1,500 acre-property in Southern California proposed to include 5,400 residential units and commercial uses.|
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Publications & Presentations
|"Client Update: Court Clarifies Approval Procedures for Water Supply Assessments and Rejects Stale Climate Change Claim Under CEQA," Brownstein Client Update, June 14, 2011|
|"Water: Supply, Meet Demand," Moderator, 24th Annual Environmental Law Super Symposium, Los Angeles County Bar Association, April 16, 2010|
|"Client Alert: Supreme Court Rejects Use of Existing-Permit Capacity as Baseline for CEQA Review of New Project," Brownstein Client Alert, March 16, 2010|
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