Taiga Takahashi

  • Associate
  • Etaiga.takahashi@lw.com
  • 12670 High Bluff Drive
  • San Diego, CA 92130
  • USA
  • T +1.858.523.3987
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Profile

Taiga Takahashi focuses his practice on matters involving compliance with and challenges to federal, state, and local environmental and land-use regulations, as well as development approvals and entitlements.

Mr. Takahashi represents clients in a range of business sectors, including renewable energy, conventional power, commercial products, real estate development, and agriculture, in matters regarding federal, state, and local environmental and land-use laws.

Mr. Takahashi is one of the primary coordinators for the firm’s partnership with the National Veterans Legal Services Program, which recognized the firm as its 2016 Pro Bono Partner of the Year. Mr. Takahashi is also similarly actively involved in veterans’ advocacy work with the American Civil Liberties Union, and was recognized by the ACLU with an Immigrant Justice Award in 2018 and in 2017 by the Daily Journal as a “California Lawyer of the Year” and by the National Law Journal on its “Pro Bono Hot List.”

During law school, Mr. Takahashi clerked at the Environmental Enforcement Section of the US Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and at the California Regional Office of Earthjustice. He also served on the editorial board for the California Law Review. Prior to attending law school, he gained experience in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, as well as a master’s degree in international relations, with a specialization in statistical analysis.

Experience

Mr. Takahashi’s representations include:

  • Acquisition and litigation defense for Avangrid Renewables of key land-use entitlements for the Tule Wind Project in San Diego County
  • The Ocean Cleanup, in advice regarding legal compliance for the collection of free-floating marine debris in the Pacific Ocean for recycling
  • Golden Door Properties, LLC, in various land-use, regulatory, and litigation matters
  • Multiple clients in various land-use and regulatory matters related to on-site and off-site signage
  • Acquisition by Host Hotels & Resorts of W Hollywood Hotel, a 305-room hotel in Los Angeles, California
  • A media, entertainment, and communication focused investment firm, on land use and real estate aspects of investment in a leading digital Out-Of-Home media company
  • Trial court litigation defense of key land-use entitlements for the Bayfront Hilton Hotel in downtown San Diego
  • The City of San Diego, in the successful negotiated resolution of a decades-old land-use matter
  • So Cal Gas, in various land-use and regulatory matters
  • A major real estate development company, in a permitting and transactional matter regarding the transfer of development credits
  • Advice in real estate transactions regarding the transfer of potential environmental liabilities
  • Advice in the preparation of advocacy and comment letters to state and federal administrative agencies, including expert and scientific reports
  • A United States Citizen, in a pro bono legal defense to terminate federal deportation proceedings
Thought Leadership
  • Speaker, CEQA Update,San Diego County Bar Association, 2016
  • Co-author, “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,” Latham & Watkins Clean Energy Law Report, 2016
  • Co-author, “Sixth Circuit Stays Obama Administration’s New Clean Water Rule Nationwide,” Latham & Watkins Clean Energy Law Report, 2015
  • Co-author, “Climate Action Plan for San Diego County Struck Down Under CEQA,” Latham & Watkins Clean Energy Law Report, 2014
  • Co-author, “EPA, Army Corps Propose New Rule to Govern Federal Clean Water Act Jurisdiction,” Latham Client Alert, 2014
  • Co-author, “Federal Approval of Tule Wind Project Upheld in District Court on NEPA, Migratory Bird Act, and Bald & Golden Eagle Act Claims,” Latham & Watkins Clean Energy Law Report, 2014
  • Co-author, “2013 in Renewable Energy Project Litigation,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert, 2014

Thought Leadership

  • California Supreme Court: Government Communications on Private Accounts Are Public -  16 March 2017
  • 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 Law Report: Sixth Circuit Stays Obama Administration’s New Clean Water Rule Nationwide -  15 October 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Climate Action Plan for San Diego County Struck Down Under CEQA -  12 November 2014
  • EPA, Army Corps Propose New Rule to Govern Federal Clean Water Act Jurisdiction -  08 April 2014
  • 2013 in Renewable Energy Project Litigation -  01 April 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: Ocotillo Wind-Energy Project Prevails in NEPA and Migratory Bird Treaty Act Challenges -  22 November 2013
  • Goodbye Fourth of July: Are Fireworks Displays Now Subject to CWA Regulation? -  01 July 2013
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Forest Service Releases Final Rule Streamlining the Administrative Appeal Process for Permit Holders and Applicants -  21 June 2013
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility Project  -  19 March 2013
  • Clean Energy Law Report: US Navy Steams Full Speed Ahead with Renewable Energy Development on Military Lands -  13 December 2012
  • A Snapshot of Renewable Energy Project Litigation -  06 December 2012
  • Litigation Landscape for Renewable Energy Projects -  15 November 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Expansive Interpretation of Strict Liability Under the MBTA Takes Flight to the Fifth Circuit -  13 November 2012
  • Strategic Risk Management in CEQA Administrative Proceedings -  05 November 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Blog: DOD and DOI Open 16 Million Acres of Federal Lands to Renewable Energy Projects -  04 September 2012
  • UPDATE: Forest Service Announces Proposed Rule and Request for Comments Regarding Project-Level Pre-Decisional Administrative Review Process -  20 August 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Blog: Federal Government Agrees to Revise West-Wide Energy Corridor Plan to Facilitate Renewable Energy -  10 August 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Blog: Brownfield Re-Development for Renewable Energy Projects and CERCLA Joint and Several Liability -  04 June 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Blog: EPA Introduces Interactive Web-Based Geographic Information System -  03 May 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Forest Service Appeals Replaced with Pre-Decisional Objection Process -  05 March 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Federal Court Clips Criminal Liability Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act  -  09 February 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Court Affirms Rule for CEQA Baseline Analysis -  24 January 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Farmers' Advocacy Group Enters Foray Against Solar Energy Siting -  10 January 2012
Bar Qualification
  • California
Education
  • JD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2011
    Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law; American Jurisprudence Award in Land-Use Law; Board of Editors, California Law Review
  • MPIA, University of California, San Diego, 2008
    Dean's Fellow; Specialization Certificate in Quantitative Analysis
  • BA, Stanford University, 2001
Industries
  • Cleantech
  • Power
  • Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure
Practices
  • Water Quality
  • Project Siting & Approvals
  • Environment, Land & Resources
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Energy Regulatory & Markets