Whether rehabilitating an environmentally challenged property, constructing infrastructure, developing and delivering energy, building on coastal property or commencing a large commercial or residential development, companies and public agencies face a complex maze of federal, state, and local laws and regulations that must be navigated before a project can be successfully completed. In addition, vocal political forces that can shape both the challenges and resolutions to land use of all sorts must be managed as skillfully as the legal issues involved.
Sedgwick's Land Use & Natural Resources practice group handles virtually all transactional and litigation aspects of land use and development, including land acquisition, securing and defending entitlements, compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), due diligence, regulatory permitting (wetlands, endangered species, migratory birds, bald and golden eagles, coastal issues, historical properties), land subdivision, CC&Rs, conservation easements, and land and construction financing. Our attorneys handle complex negotiations and transactions, employing creative solutions that apply sound business judgment and cost management to meet the client's ultimate business and project objectives.
Representing private or public entities, our attorneys work on projects such as multihundred-million-dollar shopping centers, sports arena complexes, industrial/research campuses, residential communities/golf courses, quarries, landfills, electric generation facilities and transmission lines, oil and gas development, wind energy facilities, water projects, hospitals and medical office buildings, retail outlets, churches, commercial parks, hotels and resorts, and small residential projects. Our customized approach has attracted clients that include land developers, manufacturers, retailers, trade associations, cities, counties, utilities, local and state public agencies and public interest groups.
Sedgwick assists clients with matters involving NEPA, CEQA, the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the National Historic Protection Act. Within Sedgwick’s Land Use and Natural Resources Practice Group are attorneys comprising one of the leading Endangered Species Act practices in the country. In addition, with land use experts in multiple states, Sedgwick handles local general plans and other land use ordinances and resolutions, specific plans, development agreements, subdivision requirements, water supply issues, environmental due diligence (including hazardous materials), air quality regulations, annexation and change of sphere of influence, and development and infrastructure fees.
Our attorneys handle all aspects of substantive land use issues from advising clients regarding the applicability of the law, guiding clients through a permit or entitlement approval process or defending clients subject to enforcement actions or challenges of permits and approvals. Members of our Land Use & Natural Resources Group appear before cities and counties throughout California and Texas seeking approval of our clients' projects. In addition, our attorneys handle litigation related to all of these substantive areas of practice. Finally, our team members participate actively in development industry and energy-related organizations, and regularly work on legislative reforms to serve our clients’ interests.
As client needs dictate, Sedgwick’s Land Use & Natural Resources practice group members collaborate seamlessly with other colleagues in the “dirt” arena, including Construction, Real Estate & Finance, Real Estate Litigation, Environmental & Toxic Torts and Intellectual Property.