The constantly changing landscape of environmental law casts a long shadow of uncertainty over the real estate development industry. For many decades, the attorneys of Miller Starr Regalia have helped clients navigate their way through the forest of California’s environmental laws and regulations and their many implications. Drawing from a wide range of backgrounds within real estate law, Miller Starr Regalia’s land use and environmental attorneys have solved and continue to solve some of the most complex and challenging environmental law matters in the state of California.

Miller Starr Regalia has been at the forefront of recent developments in cutting edge fields such as air quality and climate change-related laws, and its attorneys are established experts in environmental impact review of projects under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Miller Starr Regalia’s first blog, CEQA Developments, was created to highlight the firm’s expertise in the area of CEQA law.  Shareholder Arthur F. Coon is the author of the blog.

About the Author

CEAQ_Copy of AFC_9911fArthur F. Coon is the Co-Chair of Miller Starr Regalia’s Land Use Practice Group and Chair of its Appellate Practice Group. Art has distinguished himself over a nearly 30-year career as a top CEQA and land use law litigator at the trial and appellate levels of both federal and state courts, including an appearance as counsel of record before the U.S. Supreme Court. His areas of expertise include land use, environmental law, the law of public agencies, extraordinary writs, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Art also counsels and advocates for clients who have matters in front of administrative bodies. He has taught Land Use Planning as an Adjunct Professor at McGeorge School of Law, served as a member of the Bay Area Economic Forum’s CEQA Work group, and served for many years as an Editor (and now Advisory Board Member) of the California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter.  He is a LEED AP, and often writes and speaks on environmental and land use law topics.

The ever-changing and developing body of CEQA law and the resulting challenges of helping clients navigate the litigation and compliance processes when their projects are threatened have kept Art vitally interested in environmental review and sustainable development issues for nearly 30 years.

Art authors the chapters on “CEQA” and “Subdivisions, Land Use Planning, and Approvals” of the Miller & Starr California Real Estate 4th treatise, which has been cited thousands of times by judges in the California Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court.  In addition to being named as a Northern California Super Lawyer for many years, he has also been honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America® 2012-2016, in the practice area of Land Use & Zoning Law.  With the CEQA Developments blog, Art looks forward to providing a top content resource for all aspects of CEQA law developments for both clients and practitioners alike.