Daniel P. Brunton

  • Counsel
  • Edaniel.brunton@lw.com
  • 12670 High Bluff Drive
  • San Diego, CA 92130
  • USA
  • T +1.858.523.5421
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Profile

Daniel Brunton focuses his practice on environmental law, with an emphasis on helping developers obtain entitlements for large or controversial projects and defending those entitlements in court.

Mr. Brunton has extensive experience with California’s environmental-review statute and the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). He often works with developers to ensure that their CEQA documents are litigation-ready and has successfully defended over 20 CEQA lawsuits challenging the environmental review for projects he has worked on. Mr. Brunton has broad experience with the other statutes that govern developments, including the Clean Water Act, the Subdivision Map Act, the Coastal Act, the Endangered Species Act, and local zoning and land use laws. He has also developed an expertise in tribal consultations under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and under California law.

Mr. Brunton’s entitlement practice focuses on large-scale infrastructure projects, including renewable energy projects, stadiums, rail and highway projects, and transmission lines. In recent years, Mr. Brunton has developed a specialty in projects related to renewable energy and is a founding editor of Latham & Watkins’ blog on clean energy.

Thought Leadership

  • Clean Energy Blog: US FWS Releases Draft Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan  -  21 June 2016
  • US Court of Appeals Affirms District Court Judgment Upholding Federal Approval of Tule Wind Project on NEPA, Migratory Bird Act, and Bald & Golden Eagle Act Claims -  08 June 2016
  • Clean Energy Blog: California Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo County  -  13 May 2016
  • Clean Energy Blog: Sixth Circuit and Challenges to Clean Water Rule  -  25 February 2016
  • Proposed Rule from U.S. Department of the Interior Increases Pressure on Coal Mining Industry -  01 November 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Sixth Circuit Stays Obama Administration’s New Clean Water Rule Nationwide -  15 October 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Federal Judge Grants Injunction Blocking Clean Water Rule From Taking Effect  -  03 September 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Proposed Rule from US Department of the Interior Increases Pressure on Coal Mining Industry -  30 July 2015
  • Five Things to Know About the "Waters of the United States" Rule -  06 July 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Nine Western States Throw Their Support Behind Case Challenging Reach of the Endangered Species Act  -  08 June 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Nine Western States Throw Their Support Behind Case Challenging Reach of the Endangered Species Act  -  08 June 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Climate Action Plan for San Diego County Struck Down Under CEQA -  12 November 2014
  • Massive California Water Bond Slated for November 4 General Election as Proposition 1 -  04 September 2014
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Update: Legal Developments and Trends - Q&A -  April 7, 2014
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Federal Approval of Tule Wind Project Upheld in District Court on NEPA, Migratory Bird Act, and Bald & Golden Eagle Act Claims -  26 March 2014
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Decision on Cape Wind Offshore Wind Farm -  19 March 2014
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Ninth Circuit Upholds NEPA and NHPA Analysis for Hawaii High-Speed Rail System -  26 February 2014
  • Agency Sets The Stage For Fracking's Future In Calif. -  06 December 2013
  • California Agency Releases Draft Rules for Fracking, Begins to Implement Recent State Legislation -  25 November 2013
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Ocotillo Wind-Energy Project Prevails in NEPA and Migratory Bird Treaty Act Challenges -  22 November 2013
  • The Public Servant - Koontz Decision Extends Property Owners’ Constitutional Protections -  01 October 2013
  • Koontz Decision Extends Property Owners’ Constitutional Protections -  17 July 2013
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Environmental Activists Petition EPA to Regulate Oil-and-Gas Extraction Under EPCRA -  20 November 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Voices of Wetlands v. State Water Resources Control Board  -  22 September 2011
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Army Corps of Engineers Proposes to Reissue Nationwide Permits  -  03 March 2011
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Court Invalidates DOE's Designation of National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors -  02 February 2011
  • Clean Energy Law Report: New CEQA Baseline Case -  16 December 2010
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Court Halts Solar Project -  02 November 2010
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009—Land Use Implications for Cleantech Projects -  March 4, 2009
  • A Divided US Supreme Court Offers Disparate, Sweeping Opinions as to the Reach of the Federal Clean Water Act — Rapanos and Carabell -  June 21, 2006
Bar Qualification
  • California
Education
  • JD, New York University School of Law, 2001
  • BA, University of Washington, 1997
Industries
  • Energy - Oil & Gas
  • Energy - Power
Practices
  • Project Siting & Approvals
  • Oil & Gas
  • Environment, Land & Resources
  • Environmental Litigation