Representative Engagements

  • For electric power network software technology developer: Business and strategic counseling and legal services to executive and engineering staff on investment, R&D grant funding and project reporting, company restructuring, immigration matters, intellectual property strategies, software licensing agreements, employment and IP agreements, services contracts.

  • For U.S. company with magnetic science technology applications for 21st Century bulk materials transfer and passenger transit: strategic domestic corporate counsel and legal services; counsel and legal services for developing business and investment in China; negotiation and drafting of Chinese-Foreign Enterprise Joint Venture Agreements, Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise documentation, and diverse business and technology licensing agreements.

  • For U.S. startup company with advanced data technologies: General strategic, business, and legal counsel.

  • For client sustainable energy and infrastructure company that develops and manages programs for federal, state and local governments, public institutions, and large private enterprises, including military bases and adjacent communities: Provide transactional legal services, and strategic and business counsel.

  • For client company seeking to partner with inventor of substance and procedures for abating coastal beach erosion and restoring beaches: Provide strategic counsel and legal services regarding R&D, business planning, legal relationships, product development, and marketing/sales.

  • For client private artist inholder community along urban waterfront opposing major urban redevelopment project: Provide legal services based on public trust in fisheries, marine commerce, and navigation.

  • For advanced wastewater treatment technology start-up company developing business in China, Europe, the U.S., and Latin America: General strategic, business, and legal counsel.

  • For proposed clean tech energy and industrial park with water access: Strategic land use and business counsel, and legal services.

  • For major developer in City of Los Angeles: Strategic counsel and legal services for California Coastal Commission development permit [Commission staff, California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), citizen environmental groups, and counsel on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permit (USACE, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and National Marine Fisheries Service)], for saltwater and freshwater marsh restoration at Ballona Wetlands, as initial phase of $2 billion, 1000-acre Playa Vista Project.

  • For major foreign auto manufacturer: California Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approvals under State and Federal Endangered Species Acts for incidental take for Scientific R&D relocation of threatened desert tortoise, for a 3000-acre, $32 million vehicle test track project, with major habitat replacement mitigation plan including scientific research project.

  • For gas-fired cogeneration project developer in San Francisco: CEQA procedures, environmental investigation, Port Lease Option (Port of San Francisco, San Francisco City Attorney, SFBCDC, CSLC, and S.F. Department of City Planning).

  • For San Francisco Bay independent refinery owner: California State Lands Commission (CSLS) lease renewal for oil refinery marine terminal; securing of after-the-fact lease from CSLC and permit from S.F. Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) for wastewater outfall. CSLS and BCDC approval for offshore tanker wharf deconstruction and removal in S.F. Bay.

  • For major gold mining company: Strategic, legal, and legislative counsel as part of team that completed unchallenged EIR document for world-class open pit gold mine project located in three California counties and involving multiple state and federal agencies. Served on California Mining Association Environment Committee. Developed industry proposals for California State Water Resources Control Board mining waste management regulations and revisions to California State Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA). Strategic counsel for alternative power supply alternatives evaluation; legal services for CPUC rate relief.

  • For regional wood treating company: Strategic counsel and legal services related to compliance and site remediation at two Superfund sites; initiation and support of successful environmental insurance coverage litigation against multiple insurance carriers; support of environmental aspects of Chapter 11 proceedings.

  • For national waste management company: CEQA review and Solid Waste Facility Permit expansion and environmental upgrade of privately owned landfill in Marin County. RCRA Part B permit for existing hazardous waste (petroleum recycling) facility in Los Angeles County.

  • For regional waste management company: U.S. Forest Service (USFS) application and joint NEPA/CEQA review of proposed landfill on National Forest, with major mitigations. Land exchange agreement among project proponent, Trust For Public Land, and USFS.

  • For buyer of major nuclear technology company: Environmental and regulatory due diligence and negotiation on radioactive waste management, facility and site contamination and remediation, and environmental and regulatory permits.

  • For buyer regional cement/concrete company: Environmental due diligence and negotiation for acquisition of 22 facilities/sites throughout California.

  • For buyer national/international mining company: Environmental due diligence and negotiation of environmental aspects (including indemnities) of $150 million acquisition of dry lakebed solution mining and industrial chemical plant operation; design of permit revisions/extensions strategy.

  • For seller international food company: Environmental due diligence and negotiation involving 23 industrial properties in multiple states for $550 million dollar transaction.

Conservation Corps View Gallery

In 1981-82, inspired by Governor Brown’s California Conservation Corps, Richard founded the Marin Conservation Corps, now Conservation Corps North Bay, the first community-based, nonprofit model of a conservation corps, now in its 31st year, a $7-million/year agency offering training and education to young adults in Marin and Sonoma Counties, and providing a dependable auxiliary work force for public lands enhancement and management.

In 1982-83, he assisted the founders of the East Bay Conservation Corps (now Civicorps), and the San Francisco Conservation Corps. The local nonprofit model is widely replicated in 14 local conservation corps in California, and over 125 nationally.