Meghan Dunnagan

Meghan leads the Land Use and Environmental practice within the firm’s Transactional group. For the past several years, Meghan has coordinated the firm’s law school recruiting and summer internship program.

Environmental Law and Land Use.

Drawing from her background in permitting and litigation arenas, Meghan advises clients in environmental law and land use entitlement matters. Meghan’s practice covers a range of legal issues stemming from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as the federal and California Endangered Species Acts, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), the federal Clean Water Act, California Lake and Streambed Alteration requirements, the Williamson Act, and other federal, state, and local laws related to land uses.

Meghan has represented a diverse group of clients including farmers, non-profit organizations, real estate developers, energy companies, and mining companies. Meghan helped these clients obtain entitlements and conduct environmental review for agricultural, energy, industrial, and residential land use projects. She has also played key roles in litigation teams defending CEQA documents and related approvals against legal challenge.

Meghan’s interest in land use and environmental law began during college, when she interned with a California energy company and began to understand the considerable effort California businesses expend to keep up with ever-changing regulatory regimes. True to these roots, Meghan strives to streamline regulatory compliance for her clients and to free them up to carry out their primary businesses. She enjoys being a part of dynamic project development teams and bringing her unique perspective to challenges that may arise during a project’s life cycle.

During law school, Meghan was a faculty research assistant, a teaching assistant for legal research and writing, and a managing editor of the UCLA Journal for Environmental Law and Policy.

  • Large-scale residential and mixed-use development
  • New and expanded industrial projects
  • Fitness and healthcare buildings
  • Religious land uses
  • Natural gas pipelines
  • Commercial solar and wind power
  • Due diligence for property acquisition
  • Superior Court and Appellate litigation

  • Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers

  • Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (2017) 17 Cal.App.5th 1245.
  • Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (2015) 62 Cal.4th 204.
  • Vineyard Area Citizens for Responsible Growth, Inc. v. City of Rancho Cordova (2007) 40 Cal.4th 412.

Presenter on environmental topics for the North State Building Industry Association, the Urban Land Institute, and the Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment.

  • Member of the California State Bar
  • Member of Wyoming State Bar

  • Juris Doctorate from University of California at Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from The Master’s University

  • Exploring the great outdoors with her family
  • Music and art appreciation

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