Team Members

Clifton J. McFarland

Clif McFarland is an experienced environmental lawyer with a strong science background who represents aerospace, energy, real estate, natural resources and other companies and investor groups. He works with clients throughout California and nationally on remediation, administrative and regulatory, enforcement and litigation matters. Clif regularly defends clients in contaminated property and regional groundwater contamination litigation. […]

Sarah M. Taylor

Sarah M. Taylor With a background in environmental law, Sarah provides clients with valuable insight into the regulatory process. She has worked on complex cases involving the Clean Water Act, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Sarah uses her experience in both the public and […]

Sophie R. Ellinghouse

Sophie R. Ellinghouse With a diverse legal training background, Sophie provides clients with fresh perspectives on environmental and regulatory matters. Relying on both her technical and legal experience, Sophie assists clients with land use entitlements and permitting processes, including administrative approvals and litigation. Sophie’s experience ranges from complex disputes under the California Environmental Quality Act […]

John T. Wheat

John T. Wheat John Wheat specializes in representing clients through administrative approval processes and litigation involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). He also has experience with related land use, environmental laws, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). He has performed work defending CEQA/NEPA documents before all levels of the California courts and in […]

Vincent K. Wong

Vincent K. Wong With an extensive background working with public agencies, Vincent provides clients a valuable perspective on a project’s permitting and approval process. His familiarity with statutes and regulations like CEQA, the Clean Water Act, the Government Code, and local land use ordinances enable him to craft creative solutions for his clients. While he […]

Natalie P. Mitchell

Natalie P. Mitchell Natalie Mitchell assists clients throughout California on various development and conservation projects for private companies. She has specialized knowledge related to the preparation, entity designation, and tax deductibility of agricultural conservation easements. She has also worked on major aggregate mine permitting and compliance issues throughout the state. Natalie has worked on preparing […]

Patrick G. Mitchell

Patrick G. Mitchell Patrick G. Mitchell’s practice focuses on mining, land use and environmental issues. His clients include many of the largest multinational and national mining companies in the world. He is recognized throughout California as the top mining attorney in the state. He has also worked on permitting some of the largest residential and […]

Christopher L. Powell

Christopher L. Powell Chris specializes in land use, real estate and environmental law, helping clients develop and use their properties for cannabis cultivation and related businesses, mining and oil & gas resource extraction, alcohol related businesses, and commercial/residential development.  Chris has helped clients in both permitting and enforcement situations.  Owners of businesses and development projects […]

G. Braiden Chadwick

G. Braiden Chadwick Braiden’s clients include Fortune 500 companies with business interests in California, including commercial, residential, agricultural, and industrial businesses.  His representation regularly includes appearances before local, regional, state and federal administrative agencies in connection with use permits and other entitlements. He handles all aspects of environmental compliance under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) […]

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