Danielle K. Morone

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State Bar of California, 2006
University of San Diego, School of Law (J.D., 2006)

University of San Francisco (B.A., cum laude, 2003)

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Summary of Practice

Danielle Morone provides legal counsel on environmental, land use and airport advisory and litigation matters, as described further below. 

Environmental and Land Use:
Ms. Morone represents lead agencies and project applicants on advisory and litigation matters concerning CEQA and NEPA compliance. As part of this practice, Ms. Morone works with environmental consultants of varied specialties, and provides counsel on the application of existing and proposed federal, state and local regulatory frameworks seeking to protect the environment. Ms. Morone devotes a significant portion of her practice to the regulatory framework established to protect air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Airport: Ms. Morone represents public and private airport owners/operators on matters arising under California's State Aeronautics Act (including variances from the State’s noise standards); the FAA’s orders, advisory circulars, and other agency-issued guidance; airport master planning efforts; and, regulatory compliance (particularly for air quality issues). Ms. Morone also represents Airport Land Use Commissions on matters concerning the preparation, adoption, amendment, and implementation of airport land use compatibility plans.


American Bar Association

San Diego County Bar Association

Reported OpinionsCity of Oceanside v. AELD, LLC
(2010) 740 F.Supp.2d 1183
Awards/HonorsThe Daily Journal/California Lawyer named Ms. Morone a California Attorney of the Year in 2018. The prestigious CLAY (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year) award was for her outstanding achievements in the field of environmental law.

Aviation Noise Report, Special Report - California’s Seminal Airport Land Use Compatibility Planning Laws Are Up For Repeal (March 2012) (Co-authored)

Aviation Emissions Report, Special Report - 2012: Will So-Called ‘Sustainable Community’ Laws Result In Airport Encroachment (February 2012) (Co-authored)

CalPilots Newsletter, California Pilots Association, Contributor, 2012 to present

California Land Use Planning Handbook Update, State of California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (October 2011) (Co-authored)

Aviation Emissions Report, Special Report - 2011: A Year Of Possibilities (As Always) (January 2011) (Co-authored)

Airport Noise Report, Special Report - Neighboring States Offer Potentially Different Thoughts On The Constitutionality Of Avigation Easements Required As A Condition Of Land Use Development Approval (October 2010) (Co-authored)

Airport Noise Report and Aviation Emissions Report,
Special Report - The New Frontier in Air Quality Regulation: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Global Climate Change (July 2008) (Co-authored)

Environmental Law Section Update, California State Bar, Contributor, 2006 to present

Speaking Seminars and ConferencesCalifornia Airport Land Use Consortium Conference, San Diego, California.  Subject: All Things Legal, August 28, 2015.

SWAAAE 67th Annual Summer Conference
, Phoenix, Arizona, Speaker.  Subject: Air Quality Primer – What's New on the Horizon, July 23, 2013.

SWAAAE 53rd Annual Airport Management Conference, Monterey, California, Speaker.  Subjects: The Continuing CEQA Saga and ALUCs and Land Use Issues Update, January 26, 2013.

California Airport Land Use Consortium Statewide Conference, Sacramento, California, Speaker.  Subject: The Potential Repeal Of California’s ALUC Mandate, May 15, 2012. 

ACI-NA Environmental Affairs Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, Speaker.  Subject: Reconciling Airport Operations With Air Quality Regulation, April 18, 2012.

SWAAAE 50th Annual Airport Management Conference, Monterey, California, Speaker.  Subject:  Airport Privatization, January 23, 2010.