Anna Shimko, chair of the Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources Practice Group, focuses her practice on all areas of land use and environmental law, representing both public agencies and private landowners and developers in administrative and court proceedings. Ms. Shimko has particular expertise in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). She works closely with project proponents, public agencies and environmental consultants on preparing and defending negative declarations and environmental impact reports (EIRs), including for complex projects such as water rights transfers, desalination plants and alterations to nuclear plants. Ms. Shimko helps private clients through all stages of the land use approval process, obtaining entitlements to build or expand large shopping centers, stand-alone retail stores, mixed-use projects, hospitals, hotels, residential developments and quarries, among others. She also assists cities, counties, special districts and state agencies in regulating land and development, negotiating development agreements, and updating general plans, specific plans and zoning codes. Ms. Shimko represents clients in matters involving redevelopment, development agreements, the Subdivision Map Act, annexation, historic resources, the Coastal Act, air quality regulations, water supply, climate change regulations, transportation planning, eminent domain, inverse condemnation and compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Ms. Shimko litigates land use and CEQA matters for public and private clients and serves as an expert witness throughout California in cases involving land use issues.