R. Clark Morrison

Chair, Land Use & Natural Resources Practice at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

R. Clark Morrison

R. Clark Morrison

Chair, Land Use & Natural Resources Practice at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Biography

Clark Morrison has 30 years of experience in the permitting and development of large and complex development projects. His clients include residential and commercial developers, renewable energy developers, public agencies (universities, water districts, airports, cities, and counties), mining companies, and wineries and other agricultural concerns. Clark's areas of experience include all State and Federal laws affecting the development of real property. He is recognized nationally for his concentration in federal endangered species, wetlands, water law, public lands, and other natural resource laws, and works on the largest habitat conservation planning efforts in the western United States.

Clark speaks and writes regularly on land use and natural resource matters, and has served as adjunct lecturer on these subjects at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law. In 2017, he was named “Natural Resource Lawyer of the Year (San Francisco)” by the nationally-respected publication, Best Lawyers, and is currently writing a definitive treatise on wetlands and endangered species regulation in California.

Land Use And Development

Clark's statewide land use practice is focused on the entitlement, defense, and development of mixed-use master-planned communities. He advises many of the largest developments in California, including several projects with proposed build-outs of between 10,000 and 25,000 dwelling units. He was a pioneer in the evolution of California's laws requiring evaluation of water supply resources in connection with new development. Clark is skilled in all aspects of land development, from the preparation of specific plans and environmental impact reports and the negotiation of development agreements, to the defense and settlement of complicated multi-party CEQA lawsuits, and ultimately to the implementation of fully permitted projects through the finance, mapping, and construction processes.

Wetlands And Endangered Species

Clark is one of the nation's leading attorneys in wetlands and endangered species regulation. He advises a broad spectrum of clients in this area, including land developers; alternative energy companies; mining and agricultural interests; and public agencies such as water districts, cities, and counties; and mining and agricultural interests. Clark helps his clients negotiate the approval processes of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California's Regional Water Quality Control Boards. His experience includes permitting and litigation under Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act, Sections 7 and 10 of the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Sections 2081 and 1602 of the California Fish and Game Code. He has participated in the development of numerous large-scale habitat conservation plans, natural community conservation plans, and mitigation banks. He is presently handling some of California's most complex wetlands and endangered species matters. As a result of this work, Clark is a recognized authority on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), having managed the preparation of numerous environmental impact statements and other NEPA documents.

California Water

Clark is the firm's primary resource on water rights and related issues. He regularly advises water districts, cities, counties, other public agencies, developers, industrial concerns, and agricultural interests in all aspects of water law. His matters include water rights permitting, water transfers, conjunctive use arrangements, wastewater treatment and reuse, urban water management planning, water supply/demand evaluations under SB 610 and SB 221, infrastructure development and finance, and all other matters associated with the development, use, management, and transfer of water resources. He is also experienced in handling the myriad state and federal regulatory structures affecting the use of water, including the state and federal Endangered Species Acts, Magnussen-Stevens, the Clean Water Act, the Porter-Cologne Act, and other laws.

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Speaking Engagements

Recent Publications

* How California Is Filling The Void In Federal Environmental Regulation, Daily Journal, 9/1/2017
* Supreme Court Permits Legal Challenges to Army Corps Jurisdictional Determinations, 6/1/2016
* Desert Renewable Energy Plan Released for Public Comment, 9/24/2014
* The Good Corps Giveth And Taketh Away: Federal And Government Floats A New Definition Of Wetlands And Other Waters, 3/28/2014
* California Wind Forecast: Marketplace Uncertain, North American Windpower, 5/1/2013
* The Army Corps Of Engineers Issues New Procedures For Determining Wetland Fill Permit Mitigation Ratios, CCN Client Alert, 3/1/2012
* EPA And Army Corps Of Engineers Issue Proposed Guidance That Would Expand Their Jurisdiction Under The Clean Water Act, CCN Client Alert, 5/6/2011
* New Guidance Issued On Categorical Exclusions For Streamlined NEPA Review, CCN Client Alert, 11/29/2010
* Take Of Endangered Plants In Privately-Owned Wetlands Not Prohibited Under Endangered Species Act, CCN Client Alert, 8/27/2010
* A Breath Of Fresh Air - Federal Court Rejects Lawsuit Against Wetlands Fill Permit, CCN Client Alert, 6/3/2010
* Water Supply Assessments In California: New Court Decision Explores Reach Of SB 610, CCN Client Alert, 6/2/2010
* State And Federal Wildlife Agencies Struggle Over California's Listing Of California Tiger Salamander, CCN Client Alert, 5/6/2010
* It’s Not Just About Water: Land Use And Other Provisions In The California Delta Water Bills, CCN Client Alert, 11/5/2009
* Incidental Take Authorized For Projects Benefiting Species And Their Habitat, CCN Client Alert, 10/14/2009
* Court Expands Corps' Jurisdiction Over Some Seaside Activity, CCN Client Alert, 10/13/2009
* The State Water Board Adopts Onerous New Rules for Storm Water Discharges From Construction Sites, CCN Client Alert, 9/8/2009
* Environmental Review Required For Affordable Housing Project Stimulus Funds Under The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009, CCN Client Alert, 5/29/2009
* UC Merced Receives Wetlands Permit For Campus And University Community, CCN Client Alert, 5/14/2009
* Obama Withdraws Bush-Era Endangered Species Regulation, CCN Client Alert, 5/4/2009
* Ninth Circuit Provides Guidance On Triggers For Environmental Impact Statements, CCN Client Alert, 4/30/2009
* Court Of Appeal Issues Decision In Sunrise Douglas Litigation, CCN Client Alert, 3/26/2009
* Court Highlights Risk Of Violating CEQA With Water Supply Contracts, CCN Client Alert, 2/2/2009
* The Services Issue Final Rule Amending Section 7 Consultation Regulations, CCN Client Alert, 12/12/2008
* EPA And Army Corps Of Engineers Issue Revised Wetlands Guidance, CCN Client Alert, 12/4/2008
* California Supreme Court Upholds Bay-Delta Environmental Impact Report, Including Alternatives Analysis And Programmatic Level Of Impact Review, CCN Client Alert, 6/10/2008

Recent Speaking Engagements

* CLE 5th Anniversary Conference: Endangered Species Act, 9/25/2017
* "Serving Development in Times of Scarcity – Addressing Drought-Related Supply Uncertainties in Water Supply Assessments & Verification," California Water Law & Policy Conference, 6/13/2016
* "Complex Permitting for Master Planned Communities," 2016 California Wetlands Conference, 3/3/2016
* "Conservation Planning and the Law: Key Legal Issues Affecting Development and Implementation of HCP/NCCPs," Habitat Conservation Planning From Tahoe To The Bay Workshop, 11/18/2015
* 3rd Annual Endangered Species Act Conference, 9/24/2015
* California Land Use Law & Planning Update, 1/20/2015
* "Financing Habitat Conservation In Infrastructure/Development Planni

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Cox Castle & Nicholson delivers strategic legal counsel and services to developers, public agencies, energy companies, lenders, investors, joint ventures, pension funds, landlords, tenants, corporations, high net-worth individuals and others in the management of their complex real estate, business and litigation challenges. Founded in 1968, the firm has more than 130 attorneys in offices in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco.

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Representative at Office of the Representative from California's 11th District, Mark DeSaulnier

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