Climate Change / Sustainability

California has taken a highly active role in regulating greenhouse gas emissions. The result is that state and local greenhouse gas laws are constantly changing. Therefore, it is critical to find a law firm that works with these issues every day, and tracks all of the key legal developments. Mitchell Chadwick does precisely that.

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Conservation Easements

Mitchell Chadwick attorneys in the past two years successfully lead the effort to complete the largest prime agricultural land conservation easement in California history covering about 12,000 acres in Fresno County. They have also worked on numerous other conservation easements throughout the state ranging in size from 5 acres to several thousand acres.

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Endangered Species

Special status species encountered during a development project demand special expertise to prevent a project from being derailed. Mitchell Chadwick attorneys have extensive experience with special status species and their habitat. We routinely navigate the rules and regulations governing development of land where species and habitat are encountered. Mitchell Chadwick attorneys guide our clients through compliance with the federal and California Endangered Species Acts, the Bald and Golden Eagle Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Streambed Alteration Agreements, CEQA and NEPA. From sand and gravel mines to housing developments to solar and wind energy projects, we successfully negotiate with regulators to ensure that endangered species compliance requirements protect species and resources while advancing our client’s projects to completion.

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Energy Development

Members of Mitchell Chadwick possess broad and deep experience representing clients in California’s rapidly evolving energy marketplace. Mitchell Chadwick represents a variety of natural gas producers, pipeline and storage companies and energy development proponents and our attorneys enjoy a reputation for quality representation of local and nationally based clients in this highly specialized area.

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Land Use

If it relates to the use of land, Mitchell Chadwick attorneys can assist – whether it involves existing uses, planned uses, the permitting process or litigation. Mitchell Chadwick is the top land-use boutique in California, advising clients on the full range of issues related to zoning, entitlements, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal and California Endangered Species Acts and more.

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Mitchell Chadwick attorneys have permitted more mines in California than any other law firm (over 150). Our clients mining projects range throughout the State, from the Mexican border to the Oregon border and everywhere in between. We have experience permitting on private land, California State Lands Commission land, and federal lands including Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and National Park Service lands.

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Mitigation and Conservation Banking

Mitchell Chadwick is the legal industry’s leader in the field of mitigation and conservation banking. Mitigation and conservation bank development continues to be an important and thriving industry in California. From wetland credits to endangered species, Mitchell Chadwick’s attorneys work for prospective mitigation bankers, bank operators, bank investors, and land owners.

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Oil & Gas

The production and reliable delivery of oil and gas is vital to our local, national and global economies. Mitchell Chadwick understands the importance of a reliable energy supply chain and offers a better approach to acquiring, permitting or maintaining a viable oil and gas project in California.

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