Amrit S. Kulkarni


Amrit Kulkarni chairs the firm’s Land Use Practice Group, focusing on all aspects of land use and environmental law. He represents public entities and private clients in numerous and complex matters involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the State Planning and Zoning Law, the Coastal Act, the Tidelands Trust, the Subdivision Map Act, the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act, the Mitigation Fee Act, the Clean Water Act and civil rights claims in the land use context. His practice includes both transactional counsel in administrative proceedings, and litigation of petitions for mandamus and civil complaints. Amrit has extensive experience managing complex discovery, public records act, and administrative record issues. 

Amrit also co-chairs the firm’s Transportation and Infrastructure Practice Group, representing clients in connection with large-scale public infrastructure, transportation and development projects throughout California. Examples of his work include representing the Port of Los Angeles on multiple entitlement processes and CEQA challenges to various container terminal projects; the Los Angeles World Airports on multiple CEQA challenges to the approval of a major expansion of the Los Angeles International Airport; the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority on a CEQA challenge to the extension of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) from Fremont to Santa Clara; the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on numerous CEQA and water rights matters; and the University of California on challenges to multiple campus expansion projects. Amrit also has substantial experience obtaining and defending land use entitlements for major commercial development projects.

In 2014, Amrit was named to the Daily Journal’s “Top 50 Development Lawyers” list. The Daily Journal has also recognized Amrit as one of the top 25 “Land-Use Leaders” in California and a “Top 20 Under 40” lawyer. Amrit was named a “Northern California Super Lawyer” in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The Recorder named Amrit’s Land Use and Environmental law team to its top 10 “Leading Environmental Practices” list for 2012.

Published Decisions

  • Concerned Dublin Citizens v. City of Dublin (2013) __ Cal. App. 4th __
  • Berkeley Hillside Preservation et al. v. City of Berkeley et al. (2012) 203 Cal.App.4th 656
  • Community Water Coalition v. Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission (2011) 200 Cal.App.4th 1317
  • Las Lomas Land Company, LLC v. City of Los Angeles (2009) 177 Cal. App. 4th 837
  • Ailanto v. City of Half Moon Bay (2006) 142 Cal.App.4th 572
  • City of Goleta v. Superior Court (2006) 40 Cal.4th 270
  • Northern California River Watch v. City of Healdsburg (2006) 457 F.3d 1023
  • City of Half Moon Bay v. Superior Court (2003) 106 Cal.App.4th 795
  • Berkeley Keep Jets Over the Bay Committee v. Board of Port Commissioners (2001) 91 Cal.App.4th 1344

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, “Top 50 Development Lawyers,” Daily Journal, 2014
  • Recipient, Northern California Super Lawyer, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Recipient, “Top 20 Under 40 Lawyers,” Daily Journal, 2011
  • Recipient, “Top 25 Land-Use Leaders,” Daily Journal, 2011

Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, “How Far Does CEQA Go? Port-Related Impacts do not Extend to the Inland Empire,” Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Lunch Program, 2011
  • Moderator, “Climate Change and the San Francisco Bay Area,” San Francisco Bay Area Development and Conservation Commission (BCDC), 2011

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California
  • Member, The State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section
  • Member, Airports Council International


  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, JD, 1998
  • University of California at Santa Cruz, BA, Environmental Studies and Policy & Planning, 1994