Garrett L. Hanken

Partner
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Environmental Experience

  • In a series of environmental lawsuits by citizens groups opposing the development of a big box retail store, 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 a City’s approval 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 City approval 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 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 a major mixed-use redevelopment project and with regard to eminent domain issues that arose in the acquisition of that property; the challenges to the project approval and to the use of eminent domain were all either defeated or settled
  • In an action brought by a City seeking to terminate oil and gas leases burdening a city park, successfully resisted the oil company’s motion for summary judgment on grounds that induced the oil company to settle on a basis favorable to the city