As an attorney with degrees in biology and marine biology, Wendy brings unique insight to her environmental law practice. She guides public and private clients in a range of complex permitting, compliance, and enforcement issues, with the benefit of a deep understanding of the interface between science and policy. Wendy frequently speaks on environmental law, water regulations, and related matters.
Her clients include manufacturers, retailers, property owners, title companies, developers, private individuals, and public entities. She is experienced with state and federal agencies, including the State Water Resources Control Board, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, Bay Conservation and Development Commission, California Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Insurance, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. EPA, National Marine Fisheries Service, and various local entities.
Water and Stormwater Issues
Wendy provides legal guidance to industrial, municipal, and construction clients on compliance with the federal Clean Water Act and state and federal stormwater requirements. She assists with resolution of citizen and agency enforcement actions and counsels clients whose activities require or have violated permits authorizing activities in wetlands, or otherwise involve discharges to Waters of the United States (WOTUS) or Waters of the State (WOTS).
Threatened and Endangered Species
Applying her science background and knowledge of public policy and law, Wendy assists clients whose property or projects could impact endangered species. She advises on matters affecting their property and activities and represents clients through the administrative process of listing threatened and endangered species.
Wendy provides compliance counseling, claim defense and litigation representation on Proposition 65 matters for clients in the wide range of manufacturing, food and beverage, industrial, and retail businesses. She provides guidance on risk assessments, warning requirements and statutory exemptions. She also counsels clients on their defenses and best strategies through litigation or a negotiated settlement when Prop 65 claims are filed.
Title Industry Regulatory Matters
Wendy orchestrates the application process for regulatory approvals for underwritten title companies (UTCs) seeking to form, license, or expand their business.