Environmental Law

In the field of environmental law, Price, Postel & Parma LLP assists individuals, businesses and government agencies in dealing with the rapid developments in environmental regulation. Currently, we represent clients in matters involving hazardous wastes; the cleanup and remediation of contaminated sites; the application of federal and state wildlife and habitat protection laws, including the Endangered Species Act; water quality protection problems; and in administrative proceedings and litigation in all of these areas.

Water Law

Over the last seventy years, Price, Postel & Parma LLP has been more active in the practice of water law than any firm in Santa Barbara County. The firm represents private individuals and corporations, mutual water companies, water districts and other governmental agencies in all matters involving water rights and the protection and development of water resources, especially in the Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties area.

Attorneys regularly appear before the State Water Resources Control and Regional Water Quality Control Boards regarding water rights and quality questions. The firm has represented a city in drafting legislation to manage a groundwater basin and has participated in State administrative proceedings regarding water rights in the Santa Ynez River and related environmental considerations, including fisheries protection, in-stream flow requirements, endangered species and public trust doctrine issues.

Members of this practice group also regularly serve as general counsel to water, fire and sanitary agencies.

Price, Postel & Parma LLP has several attorneys who specialize in land use, environmental and water law. In addition, several attorneys from the firm’s Litigation Practice Group regularly represent clients in these areas.

Land Use

In the land use area, the firm represents individuals, and private and governmental entities, in all phases of the land use and real estate development process, including representation before state, county, special district and city boards, councils and commissions. The firm also proposes, reviews, and comments upon proposed land use laws and regulations, participates in meetings with government managers and staff, and represents clients in litigation involving the interpretation and validity of land use laws, regulations, and agency actions.