Timothy D. Cremin


Timothy (Tim) Cremin practices in all areas of environmental and land use law, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); greenhouse gas and climate change regulations; and state and local planning, zoning and subdivision laws. With over 20 years of experience as an environmental and land use attorney in California, Tim represents public and private clients in the administrative process and litigation. 

Tim chairs the firm’s Climate Change and Green Initiatives Practice Group. His group advises public entities on compliance with California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), analysis and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under CEQA, NEPA and other laws, and emerging areas of climate change regulation.
Tim’s specialty is shepherding complex and controversial projects through the maze of land use and environmental regulations on the local, state and federal levels. He advises on environmental documentation and findings under CEQA and NEPA and on all aspects of the entitlement process for development projects—from project formulation through administrative review and approval. He is the firm’s leading authority on drafting such entitlements and ensuring that project approvals comply with the law and will withstand legal challenge. He analyzes the legal adequacy of detailed and voluminous Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) covering all impact areas, particularly traffic, greenhouse gases, climate change, air quality, biology, water, cumulative impacts and alternatives. The majority of these EIRs and EISs have been in the context of threatened litigation by sophisticated opponents. Tim also defends approvals in court against CEQA and NEPA challenges.
Tim has worked on large institutional and infrastructure projects, mixed-use projects, transit-oriented developments, shopping centers, residential developments, hotels, and many other projects. Several projects have been located in environmentally sensitive areas and/or have involved habitat conservation plans. In addition to his work on EIRs, EISs, and entitlements, Tim advised clients on adopting general plans, zoning codes and specific plans; development activities subject to the California Coastal Act; and negotiating development agreements.
Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Tim represented public and private clients on entitlements and environmental review for various large and complex development projects, including residential subdivisions, office/commercial, big box retail and mixed-use development. He also served as assistant city attorney for several Southern California cities, where he provided advice regarding planning, zoning, environmental, real property, subdivision, election (initiative and referendum), open meeting and conflicts of interest laws. Tim also has experience in real estate law, including real property due diligence and acquisition.

Published Decisions

  • Concerned Dublin Citizens v. City of Dublin (2013) Cal. App. 4th 1301

Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, “Deferred Mitigation: Case Law and Practice Tips,” CLE International’s 11th Annual CEQA Conference, 2015
  • Speaker, "Drought Impacts on Land Use Development," Orange County City Attorney's Association, 2015
  • Author, CEQA: New Player in Sports Stadium Wars, Daily Journal, March 5, 2015
  • Speaker, Land Use Section Workshop, "Land use Regulation to Address Climate Change - GHG Reduction versus Adaptation," IMLA Annual Conference, 2013
  • Speaker, “CEQA Reform: Threat to Environmental Protection or Long Overdue,” CSDA Annual Conference, 2013
  • Presenter, “CEQA: Past, Present and Future,” California Special Districts Association Webinar, 2013
  • Speaker, “Working with the New BAAQMD CEQA Guidelines,” Bay Area City Attorneys Association, 2010
  • Author, “Environmentally Sound-Greenhouse Gas Analysis under CEQA,” The Recorder, 2010
  • Speaker, “The Heated Debate over How to Analyze Global Climate Change Under CEQA,” State Bar of California, Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite, 2009
  • Speaker, “Structuring Global Warming and Green Practice,” San Francisco Bar Association, 2008
  • Speaker, “Climate Change: Local Government Response,” National Business Institute Seminar, 2008
  • Speaker, “Climate Change & Greenhouse Gases under CEQA and AB 32,” California Association of Sanitation Agencies Annual Conference, 2008
  • Speaker, “Building a Brighter Future-Green Building Ordinances,” California Contract Cities Association Annual Municipal Seminar, 2008
  • Speaker, “Development of Green Building Ordinances,” League of California Cities, City Attorneys Conference, 2008
  • Speaker, “Climate Change-Considerations for Local Agencies,” Highway 50 Corridor Planning Commissioners, 2007
  • Speaker, “How to Address Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases Under CEQA,” City Attorney Association of Los Angeles County, 2007
  • Author, “Rapanos v. U.S.: Wading Through the Swamp of Federal Regulation of Wetlands,” Real Property Law Reporter, Vol 29 / Number 6, November 2006
  • Speaker, “Year in the Life of a Development Project,” Lorman Education Services, 2005 (review of real estate, land use and environmental issues for entitling a development project)

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California


  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, JD, 1991
  • Stanford University, BA, Psychology with honors and distinction, 1986