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, including:

  • Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (Federal and California)
  • Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA)
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • California recycling and waste management laws, including AB 341
  • Clean Water Act (CWA) and Clean Air Act (CAA)
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Migratory Bird Protection Act (MBTA)
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Native American law (ICWA, SB 18 and SB 52)
  • Other laws and regulations, such as the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), drone regulations, and signage laws and regulations

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.

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 professional leadership, operations and project management, and government experience in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, as well as a master’s degree in international relations with a focus in quantitative statistical analysis.

Recent Speaking Engagement

Speaker, CEQA Update (2.0 General Participatory Credits), San Diego County Bar Association, 2016

Experience

Mr. Takahashi’s representations include:

  • 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
  • A multinational energy company, in the successful acquisition and litigation defense of key land-use entitlements for a major renewable energy project in Southern California
  • A major ranching and agricultural operation, in various land-use and other matters
  • A major municipality in Southern California, in the successful negotiated resolution of a decades-old land-use matter
  • A major outdoor advertising company, in various land-use and regulatory matters
  • A major hazardous materials recycling company, in various land-use and regulatory matters
  • A major agricultural operation in Southern California, in a successful negotiated resolution of a regulatory matter
  • A major real estate development company, in a permitting and transactional matter regarding the transfer of development credits
  • A US citizen, in a successful pro-bono defense in a federal removal proceedings    

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 (Boalt Hall), 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