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By Kari Santos |

Roundtable-Environmental Law


Allan Abshez, a partner with Katten Muchin, concentrates his practice on land use law and litigation. He has represented private and public clients in connection with major development projects across virtually every use sector, including mixed-use, shopping centers and retail, office, master-planned communities, entertainment, motion picture studios, hospitals, sports stadiums, educational facilities, redevelopment, energy, and public infrastructure. Mr. Abshez has also served as a city planning commissioner and as senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation.

Tom Berliner, a partner with Duane Morris, is a water, energy, and environmental attorney with over 30 years of experience. He routinely represents public agencies, farmers and ranchers regarding water supply and water rights matters. He also represents entities in hydropower licensing and relicensing. In addition, Mr. Berliner represents parties regarding CEQA, NEPA, and endangered species matters. For 20 years he was a deputy city attorney with the city of San Francisco and has been in private practice with Duane Morris since 1998.

David Cranston chairs Greenberg Glusker's environmental department and its climate change and sustainability practice group. He has specialized in environmental law for almost 25 years. Mr. Cranston's broad-based practice ranges from litigation of complex environmental disputes to counseling on regulatory and policy matters. His clients include transportation, aerospace, and real estate companies, governmental entities and industry associations. He has been recognized in World's Leading Environment Lawyers and Southern California Super Lawyers.

Brian Haughton is a founding partner of Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp, a San Francisco law firm specializing in environmental law and litigation. His practice focuses on environmental compliance counseling, litigation and administrative proceedings, and brownfield redevelopment. Brian has served as an adjunct professor of environmental law at Hastings College of the Law and has been repeatedly honored as a "Super Lawyer" by San Francisco Magazine in an annual survey of Northern California lawyers.

Nick Yost conducts a nationwide practice of environmental and natural resources law from SNR Denton's San Francisco office. He received the American Bar Association's award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy in 2010. He focuses on permitting major projects and preparing NEPA documents and their defense in court. As general counsel of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, he drafted the federal government's NEPA regulations during the Carter Administration. He founded and was the first head of the environmental section of the California Attorney General's office.


Kari Santos

Daily Journal Staff Writer

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