Areas of Practice

Conservation Easements
Land Use
Mining
Boundary Line Disputes

Natalie P. Mitchell
Attorney

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 administrative records for major CEQA litigation matters related to mining, commercial and residential development projects. She has experience in CEQA, SMARA, endangered species, wetlands and other legal areas. She is able to interact with clients and regulators in a manner that helps resolve conflicts.

After college Natalie taught middle school for two years through Teach for America in a school in Los Angeles, California. After law school, Natalie worked as an associate attorney for Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento, California.

EXPERIENCE

Key attorney working on and having completed the largest prime agricultural land conservation easement in California history, covering 9,300 acres in Fresno County;

Worked on mine permitting and compliance issues in Alameda County for one of the largest multinational mining companies in the world;

Worked on CEQA environmental impact review and revision for a 365-acre hardrock quarry for a large national mining company in Madera County;

Assisted in the preparation of the administrative record for CEQA litigation related to the approval of a 14,000 acre residential and commercial development project in Los Angeles County;

Worked on CEQA environmental impact review and revision for 900 acre aggregate mine in Fresno County; and

Worked on 900-acre aggregate mine in Fresno County, including both Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors approvals, and later appeals to the State Mine and Geology Board and Fresno County Superior Court, all successfully completed in the client’s favor.

MEMBERSHIPS

California State Bar, Environmental Law Section, Member

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Member

California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA), Member

Sacramento County Bar Association, Member

Placer County Bar Association, Member 

EDUCATION

University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D. 2010)

Loyola Marymount University (M.A. 2007)

Boston College, (B.A. 2005)

PRESENTATIONS

CalCIMA (California Construction and Industrial Materials Association) Annual Education Conference: “Mine Sued? How to Win in CEQA Litigation,” San Diego, CA (2014), Presenter

PUBLICATIONS

Lost in Forest Grove: Interpreting IDEA’s Inherent Paradox, Hastings Women’s Law Journal (2010)