Leading land use, environmental and renewable energy attorney. Permitted nearly 800MW of wind, solar and battery storage projects throughout California. Trusted by more than 20 entities to solve complex water quality issues.
Ryan Waterman solves complex land use, water quality, renewable energy and hazardous substance issues. With first-hand experience navigating the inextricably linked issues of land use and water in California, Ryan possesses the insight needed to efficiently navigate the environmental challenges that arise during a wide range of development and redevelopment projects. Ryan skillfully works through permitting, administrative and litigation matters, keeping his client’s goals at the forefront. His deep familiarity with the land use entitlement process and CEQA/NEPA environmental review is an integral asset to successful project outcomes. Ryan serves as the editor of Brownstein's quarterly CEQA News You Can Use newsletter.
From helping to secure federal and state water quality permits to counseling on contaminated sites, Ryan understands the complex decisions and options available to keep projects moving and appropriately handle remediation as needed. Ryan regularly defends clients against Clean Water Act citizen suits, as well as enforcement actions brought by the State Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and counties throughout California. Throughout his career, he has provided strategic guidance on multi-million dollar soil and groundwater remediation projects.
At the forefront of emerging issues, from pervasive contaminants to energy and water infrastructure development, Ryan helps his clients understand broad market implications and regulatory priorities to strategically position them for success.
Ryan maintains a robust pro bono practice and sits on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.