Infrastructure & Environmental

The Infrastructure lawyers at AlvaradoSmith guide clients through the often complex eminent domain, environmental and natural resource law approval process for their major facilities and infrastructure development, including transportation, pipeline, substation, transmission line, water facilities, soil and groundwater assessments and cleanup, and renewable energy projects.

Clients of the practice – including public utilities, public agencies, private developers, commercial property owners, and private landowners – appreciate our approach, which involves early planning and issue analysis to define expectations.  We provide frequent communication and status updates and foster ongoing collaboration to ensure that clients’ goals are met.

Federal and State Compliance

We have helped clients develop and design projects, present requests, obtain approvals, and resolve disputes before the federal and California agencies that oversee public and private infrastructure projects, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, California Department of Water Resources, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, regional water boards and air quality management districts throughout the state, and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.  We assist clients in their compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Climate Change

Increasingly, our clients turn to us for assistance and advice on issues related to how climate change and population growth affect the state of California: we have recently been asked, for example, to help a client revise its renewable energy objectives in light of California environmental regulations, to help design transportation projects in more densely populated urban areas for another, and to assist yet another as they plan and structure projects that respond to the continuing wildfire threat in the state.

Dispute Resolution

When problems and conflicts arise, our attorneys move quickly to address them before they turn contentious and endanger the timely execution of our clients’ projects. On a recent major transmission line project, for example, we engaged in cooperative discussions to resolve a number of potential issues before they escalated into full-blown disputes.

If that isn’t possible, we work closely with our clients to identify options, develop new strategies, and resolve conflicts in the most efficient and practical way possible: whether through voluntary agreement, mediation, arbitration, litigation, trial, or appeal.

Many of our Infrastructure attorneys have been recognized by clients and peers as preeminent practitioners, and are Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated attorneys. They regularly publish and present on a wide variety of issues regarding eminent domain, easements and rights of way, water rights, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and renewable energy resources and development.

Our Infrastructure and Environmental practice includes:

  • Public and Private Project Environmental Review and Implementation
  • Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation
  • Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Resources
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Water Law
  • Soil and Groundwater Clean-ups
  • Air Resources Law, including the Clean Air Act and AQMD Permitting Actions