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Elizabeth Strahlstrom

Elizabeth StrahlstromSenior Of Counsel510.808.2000Bio PDF


Elizabeth Strahlstrom is Senior Of Counsel in Meyers Nave’s Land Use and Environmental Law Practice Group. She is an accomplished and analytical legal advisor with 25 years of experience in land use and environmental law and has helped entitle over two million square feet of development in California on behalf of public agencies and private clients.

Elizabeth specializes in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), permitting under the state Planning and Zoning law and the federal, state, and local natural resource protection laws affecting the use of property. She negotiates and secures all forms of land use permits such as development agreements, use permits, general plan amendments, specific plans, zoning, subdivision approvals, mitigation agreements and long-range strategic plans for developers and public agencies alike. Areas of focus include historic resources, coastal zone development, fees and exactions, voter initiatives and referendums, natural resource permitting, sustainable development, and emerging climate change laws and regulations.

In addition, Elizabeth has litigated administrative mandamus and related actions involving agency decisions in both the state and federal courts, including the California Supreme Court, and litigation continues to be an active part of her practice. Cases most often involve defending a lawsuit against a lead agency’s project approval and CEQA documentation. This litigation experience allows her to design permitting strategies that maximize legal defensibility and processing efficiency.

During the permitting and environmental review process, Elizabeth collaborates closely with the client, CEQA consultants and lead agency staff to keep projects on schedule and to skillfully resolve potential conflicts and legal vulnerabilities before a project is approved, to protect the project in the event of a CEQA lawsuit. Her approach combines a keen ability to see the big picture with an eye for detail and an understanding of the technical aspects in the most litigated areas of an EIR: air quality, traffic, noise, and climate change. She is solution-oriented and has excels at working through logjams that can derail or significantly delay a project.


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