Team Members

Erin M. Delman

Erin M. Delman Erin Delman graduated second in her class from Union College in 2012 with dual majors in Geology and Latin American & Caribbean Studies and a minor in Environmental Policy. She then received her M.S. in Earth System Science from the University of California, Irvine in 2015, where her research focused on the […]

Michael J. Sherman

Michael J. Sherman Michael Sherman helps clients buy, sell, lease, finance and permit mining, wind, solar and oil and gas projects in California. For every client and project — big or small — Michael has a drive to never quit until the job is done. Clients value Michael’s hard work, resourcefulness and persistence — all […]

Ryan W. Thomason

Ryan W. Thomason Ryan works closely with clients on a diverse range of issues. His practice includes representing and advising clients on issues involving renewable energy, land use, oil and gas, and retail cannabis. Ryan’s experience allows him to represent clients in all aspects of litigation and administrative hearings. Experience Represented clients in all aspects […]

Erica L. Brinitzer-Graff

Erica L. Brinitzer-Graff Erica works closely with clients on a diverse range of complex land use and real estate matters, including real property entitlements, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, subdivision mapping, zoning law matters, administrative approvals, development agreements,1031 exchanges, and right of way acquisitions. Experience Represented development client in prosecuting tentative subdivision map through […]

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 […]

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 Owners of businesses and development projects across California rely on Chris for his expertise in obtaining land use approvals and permits including conditional use permits, site approvals, general plan amendments, specific plans, zone changes, ABC licenses, subdivisions, plans of operations, rights of way and reclamation plants. Chris can assist from the initial […]

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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