Michael S. Haberkorn

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State Bar of California, 1992
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1995

United States District Court, Southern District of California, 1992
University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 1991) (Recipient, 1991 James R. Webb Environmental Law Award, Outstanding Student in Environmental Law)

Hofstra University, New York (B.A., Communications/Political Science, 1978)

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Summary of Practice

Mr. Haberkorn, a partner with the firm, devotes a substantial portion of his practice to the representation of both public and private sector clients on environmental and land use planning and litigation matters.  This practice area includes assisting clients in connection with the preparation of environmental impact reports for complex or controversial projects arising under CEQA and related environmental and land use laws.  Mr. Haberkorn's background also includes substantial experience with NEPA, federal and state Clean Air and Endangered Species Acts, hazardous waste laws, and planning and zoning laws.  Over the years, Mr. Haberkorn has developed considerable background and experience on traffic, air, noise, and water issues in the context of various complex and controversial development projects.  He works regularly with technical consultants in a broad range of disciplines to assist clients in achieving approval and implementation of their development projects. 

Mr. Haberkorn is a member of the State Bar Environmental Law Section, and a former member of and current advisor to the Executive Committee.  He also is a contributing author and the former Editor of the State Bar's Environmental Law Section Update.  Mr. Haberkorn is a member of the State Bar of California, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. 


Environmental Law Section, State Bar of California

Environmental Law Section, San Diego County Bar Association

Professional Affiliations

June 1992 to December 1996: Associated with the Law Offices of D. Dwight Worden, Solana Beach, California

January 1997 to July 1997: Associated with Burke, Williams & Sorensen, Los Angeles, California

July 1997 to January 2002: Associated with Gatzke Dillon & Ballance LLP

January 2002 to present: A member of Gatzke Dillon & Ballance LLP


State Bar Environmental Law Section Update, Editor and Co-author, November 2000 to December 2007; Co-author January 2008 to present

California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, Feature Article, Newhall Ranch: A Study in Patience and Compromise in an Open and Exhaustive Planning and Environmental Review Process (December 2003) (Co-authored)

State Bar Public Law Journal, The Guardino Ruling - What It Means To Your 'Local Government'/'District' Client (Fall 1996)

CEB Land Use and Environment Forum, The Role of Public Conservancies In Habitat Conservation Planning (Winter 1995)

Reported OpinionsFriends of Santa Clara River v. Castaic Lake Water Agency
(2004) 123 Cal.App.4th 1

Water Quality Association v. City of Escondido
(1997) 53 Cal.App.4th 755

Ciani v. San Diego Trust & Savings Bank
(1994) 25 Cal.App.4th 563

Sierra Club v. California Coastal Commission
(1993) 19 Cal.App.4th 547
Speaking Seminars and Conferences

California State University, CEQA Workshop, Long Beach, California; Panel Speaker, Caselaw and Legislation Update, December 2012

California American Planning Association, 2012 Conference, Rancho Mirage, California; Panel Speaker, How Do You Manage a Project with CEQA & NEPA When You Don't Control All the Pieces?, October 2012

Association of Environmental Professionals, 2012 Conference, Sacramento, California; Panel Speaker, CEQA/NEPA Implementation and Updates, May 2012

American Planning Association California, 2011 Conference, Santa Barbara, California; Panel Speaker, Tips to Avoid CEQA/NEPA Meetings with your Attorney, October 2011

State Bar, Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite, Fish Camp, California; Panel Moderator, California Environmental Quality Act and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, October 2008

State Bar Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite, Yosemite, California; Panel Moderator, October 2007

NBI, Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law, San Diego, California; Panel Speaker, September 2007

State Bar, Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite, Yosemite, California; Panel Moderator, October 2006

The California Environmental Trial Academy, San Diego, California; Conference Moderator, May 2005

State Bar Annual Continuing Legal Education Conference, Los Angeles, California; Moderator on California Coastal Act Panel, January 2005

State Bar Continuing Legal Education Conference, Monterey, California, Moderator on California Coastal Act Panel, September 2004

State Bar Yosemite Environmental Law Conference, Yosemite, California; Moderator on Air Quality Panel, October 2003