Claire Hervey Collins

Partner

  • location icon Los Angeles, CA
    633 West 5th Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

Claire Collins is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and chair of the Real Estate, Land Use & Environment Practice. She represents public entities, private companies, and individuals in a range of real estate, land use, and environmental matters in urban, suburban, and rural contexts. Her practice includes transactional law, compliance counseling, and litigation. She handles the following types of matters:

  • Contract negotiation, drafting, and review 
  • Real property sales, acquisitions, leasing
  • Boundary disputes
  • Easement and “Right of Way” negotiation and interpretation
  • California Environmental Quality Act compliance and litigation 
  • Land use/zoning matters including land use entitlements
  • Eminent domain and inverse condemnation
  • Clean Water Act and Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act litigation and compliance
  • Solid waste, wastewater, recycling, and recycled water contracts, ordinances, laws, and regulations
  • Open government law, including the Public Records Act and the Brown Act
  • California Government Claims Act

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Collins was a communications specialist working in the political and public sectors, focusing on international trade, investment, and economic development.

Non-Legal Experience

  • California Trade & Commerce Agency, Director, International Marketing & Communications, 1999-2001
  • The World Bank, Communications Associate, Africa & External Affairs Divisions, 1997-1999
  • Clinton-Gore ‘96 - San Diego County, Deputy Director (Youth & Student Director), 1996
  • The White House, Public Liaison Intern, 1995

Publications

  • The Byrd Amendment Battle: American Trade Politics at the WTO, 27 Hastings Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 131 (2003)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Hastings International & Comparative Law Review, 2003-2004
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Trade & Investment Year In Review: Fiscal Year 1999-2000 (International Trade & Investment Division; California Technology, Trade & Commerce Agency, Sacramento, 2001)
  • Editor, Plunder: When the Rule of Law is Illegal, by Ugo Mattei and Laura Nader, 2008

Professional Presentations

  • CEQA Basics Workshop, California Association of Environmental Professionals, 2011
  • The California Public Records Act, Lorman Seminars, 2012
  • Drafting and Interpreting Easements, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2012
  • Easements in California, The Seminar Group, 2015

Admissions

California

Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section
    • Executive Committee, 2008-Present 
    • Vice Chair, 2016, 2017
    • Chair of Land Use, Planning, and Environmental Law Steering Committee, 2008-2010
  • USC Real Estate Law & Business Forum, Executive Committee, 2015-present
  • Chair, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, Attorneys Committee, 2016
  • Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council, Board Member, Land Use and Planning Committee, 2006-2009

Awards & Honors

2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer, Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Juris Doctor, International Concentration, 2004

University of California at San Diego

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1996

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