Barry H. Epstein is a partner in the San Francisco office and a member of the Land Use and Environmental & Natural Resources groups. He specializes in water rights, land use, natural resources and energy law, representing private and public clients in permitting, transactional and litigation matters.
In the area of water law, Barry represents growers, ranchers and other rural landowners, as well as water companies and districts, in surface and groundwater rights, water supply and water quality.
In the areas of land use and real estate, he represents private property owners, developers, business owners and public agencies in matters involving development and use of land, including local government planning and zoning, Coastal Act permitting, development-related real estate transactions, NEPA and CEQA compliance, and related litigation.
In the natural resources area, Barry handles wetlands, endangered species, and land conservation permitting, enforcement and transactional matters that arise in connection with the ownership, development, use and preservation of land.
Barry's energy and public utility practice involves powerplant and transmission line siting and permitting in California Energy Commission and local agency venues, public utility regulation before the California Public Utilities Commission, and power transactions.
Barry received his B.S. in business administration, Phi Beta Kappa, highest honors, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1978. He received his Master's of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Policy in 1981 and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1982.
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