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Amanda Monchamp is a partner at Monchamp Meldrum LLP. She practices in the areas of land use, natural resources, and environmental law with an emphasis on project land use entitlement, regulatory permitting, and litigation regarding the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) throughout California.

Amanda advises clients on various aspects of complex residential, commercial and industrial land use and real estate development projects, as well as linear projects for utilities such as telecommunications, power companies, transportation and transit projects. Her work on these projects includes due diligence review, local entitlement processing, environmental review under CEQA and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), site remediation, state and federal resource agency permitting, and associated land use transactions. Amanda works closely with her clients to help guide them through the complex entitlement process, including reviewing environmental documents and technical reports to ensure accuracy and defensibility.  Amanda also advises clients on how to negotiate administrative and political entitlement hurdles at each step of the approval process.

Amanda brings her knowledge of CEQA and NEPA documents to the courtroom and defends challenges to project approvals under CEQA, NEPA, and other land use laws. Amanda is currently defending several major projects.

Prior to forming Monchamp Meldrum LLP, Amanda was a partner at Holland & Knight LLP where she also served as Deputy Section Leader of the Government Section. Earlier she worked at the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) in Washington, D.C., where she represented the electronics industry in state, federal and international environmental regulatory, legislative, and policy arenas.

Published Cases

  • Covina Residents for Responsible Development v. City of Covina (2018) 230 Cal. Rptr. 3d 550
  • Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo County Community College District (2016) 1 Cal.5th 937
  • Coalition for a Sustainable Future in Yucaipa v. City of Yucaipa (2015) 238 Cal.App.4th 513
  • San Francisco Beautiful v. City and County of San Francisco (2014) 26 Cal.App.4th 1012
  • Citizens for a Green San Mateo v. San Mateo City College District (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 1572
  • Citizens for Responsible, Equitable, Environmental Development (C.R.E.E.D) v. City of Chula Vista (2011) 197 Cal.App.4th 327
  • Coalition for a Sustainable Future in Yucaipa v. City of Yucaipa (2011) 198 Cal.App.4th 939
  • County of Amador v. City of Plymouth (2007) 149 Cal.App.4th 1089
  • Friends of the Sierra Railroad v. Tuolumne Park & Recreation District (2007) 147 Cal.App.4th 643

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Environmental, 2018
  • Bay Area Commercial Real Estate Power Women award, Bisnow, Real Estate, 2017
  • Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2015-2018

Memberships

  • City of Oakland Planning Commissioner
  • Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, Policy Advisory Board
  • SPUR, Oakland Membership Committee, Board Member
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • American Bar Association, Section on Energy, Environment and Resources
  • California Bar Association, Environment and Natural Resources Section
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Association of Environmental Professionals

Education

  • Vermont Law School, J.D. and Master of Studies in Environmental Law
  • University of California, San Diego, B.A., History and Political Science, with high honors

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • All State Courts in California
  • All Federal Courts in California

Publications

Select Presentations

  • California Lawyers Association, Private Enforcement in California, CEQA and Prop 65
    May 4, 2018
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Land Development and Investment
    Berkeley School of Law, February 28, 2018
  • CLE International, CEQA A Review of 2017, Policies and Practices for GHG Analysis
    December 5, 2017
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Land Development and Investment
    Berkeley School of Law, March 8, 2017
  • Advanced CEQA Workshop
    Association of Environmental Professionals, February 28, 2017
  • CEQA Update: A Perennial Favorite
    25th Annual Yosemite Environmental Law Conference, California State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, October 22, 2016
  • Recruit, Retain or Die! Building a Top Team
    Moderator, Urban Land Institute, October 6, 2016
  • The Continuing Evolution of CEQA
    Association of Environmental Professionals, Northern Conference, September 2016
  • Update on Pre-AB 52 Tribal Consultation Laws
    Tribes and CEQA: New Rules for Tribal Consultation Under AB 52 Law Seminars International Program, June 20, 2016
  • CEQA and the California Supreme Court – A Discussion of the Court’s Recent Decisions
    California State Bar, Environmental Law Section, April 2016
  • Citizen Testimony in CEQA Cases
    CLE International, December 2015
  • Advanced CEQA Workshop
    Association of Environmental Professionals, October 2014
  • CEQA Case Law Update
    Association of Environmental Professionals, December 2013
  • Advanced CEQA Workshop
    Association of Environmental Professionals, March 2013
  • CEQA: California Environmental Quality Act
    Lorman Seminar, March 2013
  • Basic CEQA Workshop
    Association of Environmental Professionals, October 2012
  • CEQA: California Environmental Quality Act
    Lorman Seminar, June 2012
  • Private Enforcement of Environmental Law
    State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section, June 2012
  • Is the Fair Argument Fair Seminar
    Association of Environmental Professionals, May 2012
  • CEQA: California Environmental Quality Act
    Lorman Seminar, March 2012
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