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As environmental lawyers practicing throughout the State of California, with offices in Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco, we cover the spectrum of legal issues involving environmental and natural resources law. We created this blog in order to inform clients and readers about developing environmental stories that impact the California business community. Expect our posts to address not only what happened but also the “what now” from a business perspective.

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Thomas Braun is a partner in Stoel Rives’ Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources group who has broad experience in matters involving environmental and energy issues at the federal, state, and local levels. Thomas works strategically and finds creative solutions to matters involving (1) management, remediation, and redevelopment of contaminated properties (brownfields), (2) siting, permitting, and development of large commercial facilities, (3) due diligence in corporate and real estate transactions, and (4) regulatory compliance and response to enforcement actions.

Melissa Foster, a partner in Stoel Rives’ Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources group in its Sacramento office, focuses her practice on energy facility siting and environmental compliance and is an active member of the firm’s Energy Initiative. Her experience includes permitting natural gas-fired and solar energy facilities, as well as regulatory compliance and permitting involving water quality issues. She also has experience with CEQA, environmental and real property litigation.

Wade Foster is an environmental attorney based in Stoel Rives’ Boise office. Wade’s primary focus areas include mining, state water rights, and compliance counseling for clients subject to federal and state environmental laws.

Melissa A. Jones is a trial lawyer who provides experienced and practical counsel in complex business disputes, appellate matters and internal investigations. She has represented clients from a broad range of industries in complex civil litigation matters in both state and federal court, including the agribusiness, and oil and gas industries. Her practice includes an emphasis on Proposition 65 defense as well.

Krista K. McIntyre is an environmental lawyer and enforcement defense partner based in Stoel Rives’ Boise office.  Krista served as the practice group leader for the firm’s environment, natural resources, and land use practices from 2011 to 2020.

Mike Mills is a partner and chair of the firm’s Oil & Gas, Pipelines and Mining Industry Team.  Oil & gas, as well as mining companies, look to Mike to skillfully advise them on natural resources development issues, counsel them on federal and state hazardous waste cleanup matters, and help them successfully navigate property tax valuation disputes.

Lauren Neuhaus is an associate in Stoel Rives’ Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources group. Lauren combines her academic background and work experience in environmental law and policy to effectively serve clients with environmental permitting, compliance, and enforcement matters.

Heraclio Pimentel is an associate in Stoel Rives’ Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources group.

Allison Smith focuses her practice in environmental and energy law. Her experience includes CEQA and land use litigation, conducting environmental due diligence, and permitting solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and gas-fired energy facilities. Allison also counsels companies on federal and state air quality and greenhouse gas regulations.

Tim Taylor helps residential, commercial and industrial developers achieve compliance with California’s numerous land use and environmental laws, with a particular focus on the California Environmental Quality Act and related litigation. During his more than 30-year career, Tim has also dealt extensively with a wide range of federal environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Ivan Tether, principal of Tether Law, enjoys a strategic collaboration with Stoel Rives LLP. In his firm’s capacity as Advisor and Consultant, Mr. Tether has more than 30 years of air quality and environmental law experience. Tether Law’s environmental practice includes air quality, hazardous waste and toxic matters, including Proposition 65, as well as litigation over property contamination. In particular, Mr. Tether offers significant experience with air quality issues in the Los Angeles area and throughout Southern California.