Energy & Environment

Practice Area

Energy & Environment

The Energy attorneys in Lewis Brisbois’ Energy Practice manage a broad portfolio of legal services related to both traditional and alternative energy projects, offering advice and assistance to private and public entities involved in the energy sector, with particular emphasis on renewable energy, energy efficiency and waste-to-energy matters. Our services include:

  • Power Purchase Agreements: Assisting clients with negotiation of power purchase agreements and financing generation and transmission projects.
  • Permitting: Processing permits before federal, state and local agencies involved with project approvals including the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System Operator.
  • Development: Providing all real estate aspects of project development including acquisition, leasing and eminent domain matters.
  • Energy Audits: Assisting clients with energy efficiency audits including the development of on-site solar projects to reduce operational costs.
  • Environmental: Processing and compliance with all NEPA and CEQA requirements for energy projects including permits issues by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and California Fish & Game.
  • Government Relations: Interface and development of outreach plans to engage stakeholders and regulatory officials.

Representative Matters

  • Represented solar developer in the preparation of responses to RFPs for major utilities
  • Representations of QFs in negotiation Power Purchase Agreements
  • Assisted developers in the permitting of transmission lines before the CPUC and CAISO
  • Development of Renewable Energy Development Program for Southern CA Tribal Government
  • Ground lease issues for commercial wind development in Kern County
  • Advise energy developers on tax incentives, renewable energy credit issues, and project finance structures


Lewis Brisbois’ Environment Practice provides advice and assistance to public and private entities, as well as environmental and community groups involved in natural resources and environmental law issues. Our counseling includes representation before administrative and public agencies in federal and state court litigation. Because Lewis Brisbois has represented project applicants and opponents, as well as public agencies in processing permits, we have a broad perspective that enables us to fashion effective approaches to resolving environment-related disputes.

Lewis Brisbois' Environment lawyers collaborate with our real property, land use, and public entity lawyers, who have extensive backgrounds in financing, permitting, constructing, and challenging a wide range of public and private projects. Our attorneys also provide litigation and counseling services relating to the investigation, remediation and allocation of responsibility over hazardous materials. 

Our services include:

  • CEQA/NEPA:  Assisting clients, both public and private, with California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act land use entitlement issues
  • Zoning/Land Use issues
  • California Coastal Act/Coastal Commission
  • Water Law
  • Contaminated Properties: Assisting client with the investigation and remediation of contaminated projects including hiring of consultants and negotiations with regulatory agencies
  • Superfund: Defense and prosecution of litigation over cleanup costs under federal and state Superfund laws
  • Endangered Species: Development and processing of habitat mitigation plans and permitting under the Endangered Species Act
  • Redevelopment: Redevelopment of brownfields
  • Toxic Torts: Defense in toxic tort litigation

Representative Matters

  • Defended numerous manufacturing companies involved in groundwater cleanup disputes before the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Assisted developers in due diligence before acquisition of contaminated properties
  • Extensive experience defending and prosecuting actions under the federal and state Superfund acts
  • Represented developers in the project permitting process, including all elements of the CEQA administrative process and CEQA litigation
  • Prosecuted clean water act violations on behalf of public entities


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