CEQA & NEPA Litigation
GDB represents private sector and public agency clients in trial court and appellate proceedings concerning the legal adequacy of CEQA and NEPA compliance documents.
GDB routinely represents private sector and public agency clients in trial court and appellate proceedings concerning the legal adequacy of CEQA and NEPA compliance documents for highly controversial projects, such as large master-planned communities and airport and campus projects with extensive facilities improvements. The firm’s attorneys have experience in all litigation phases, including the evaluation of potential settlement options, the preparation of administrative records, the completion of briefing and oral argument, the exhaustion of opportunities for appeal (where necessary), and the undertaking of corrective action in response to an adverse judgment. GDB’s attorneys have appeared in judicial forums throughout California and have a reputation for professionalism and competency. The firm believes that close consultation with its clients throughout all phases of litigation is essential to ensuring that their clients’ needs and objectives are met.
Often times, GDB is retained at the front end of a project to assist with preparation of the CEQA or NEPA compliance document that is ultimately the subject of legal challenge. This pre-litigation engagement enhances the firm’s ability to provide effective and efficient representation during the litigation phase. That being said, GDB also successfully navigates litigation when it is brought in to defend a CEQA or NEPA compliance document after certification. The firm’s efforts in that context are focused on becoming experts on the CEQA or NEPA compliance document as efficiently and thoroughly as possible.