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Infrastructure, Environmental & Natural Resources

AlvaradoSmith is experienced in all facets of public and private project development and implementation, environmental review and compliance, and natural resource law. We represent public utilities, public agencies, private developers, commercial property owners, and private landowners in major facilities and infrastructure development projects, land acquisition, pipeline development, soil and groundwater cleanups, and renewable energy projects. We know the ins and outs of environmental and natural resource law compliance.

Our team of attorneys has a wealth of experience in dealing with federal and state regulatory agencies such as the EPA, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish & Game, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Regional Water Boards, Air Quality Management Districts and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control regarding project implementation, environmental compliance and natural resource matters. We have significant experience addressing the specific natural resource and environmental statutes such as CEQA, NEPA, CERCLA, RCRA, ESA, CWA and the CAA to name a few.

In project implementation and necessary land acquisition, AlvaradoSmith is amongst the preeminent firms in California, skilled at dealing with the planning, development, property acquisition, including eminent domain, and environmental compliance issues that arise with major public and private projects.

Our Infrastructure, Environmental and Natural Resources attorneys are widely recognized by their clients and peers as preeminent practitioners in their areas of specialization. Many of them are Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated attorneys and are noted authors and presenters on topics pertaining to eminent domain, easements and rights of way, water rights, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and renewable energy resources and development.

Whether disputes are resolved by voluntary agreement, mediation, arbitration, litigation, trial, or appeal, our team has handled it all. We pride ourselves in our ability to work in conjunction with our clients to develop and carry out a plan toward successful resolution of any issue.

Our Infrastructure, Environmental and Natural Resources practice includes:

  • Public and Private Project Environmental Review and Implementation
  • Eminent domain / inverse condemnation
  • Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Resources
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Water Law
  • Soil and Groundwater Clean ups
  • Air Resources Law, including Clean Air Act and AQMD Permitting Actions




Group Leader: Keith McCullough