Garrett L. Hanken

Partner
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Environmental Experience

  • In a series of environmental lawsuits by citizens groups opposing development of a big box retail store in the City of La Habra, obtained a settlement of the first round of litigation and then a judgment, affirmed on appeal, in our client’s favor on the second round of litigation after one of the settling objectors reneged on the first settlement
  • In environmental litigation controlled and financed by a neighboring property owner, successfully defended in the trial court and the court of appeal the approval by the City of El Segundo of a million square foot mixed use development
  • Successfully defended in the Superior Court and on appeal against a challenge, on CEQA and zoning grounds, to the approval by the City of Los Angeles of a variance allowing our client’s commercial development in a residential neighborhood
  • Successfully defended in the Superior Court and on appeal against a challenge, on CEQA and zoning grounds, to the approval by the California Coastal Commission of a coastal development permit for our client’s mixed use development
  • Provided litigation counseling and assistance to the developer with regard to CEQA and land use challenges to approval of and with regard to eminent domain issues that arose in property acquisition for a major mixed use redevelopment project at Hollywood and Vine; the challenges to the project approval and to the use of eminent domain were all either defeated or settled
  • In an action brought by the City of Culver City seeking to terminate oil and gas leases burdening a city park, successfully resisted the oil company’s motion for summary judgment on grounds which induced the oil company to settle on a basis favorable to the city