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 provides legal counsel regarding administrative law and regulatory compliance issues, in both litigation and transactional matters.

Mr. Takahashi represents clients in a range of business sectors, including renewable energy, conventional power, commercial products, real estate development, and agriculture, in both the transactional and litigation contexts, with a focus on administrative law and regulatory compliance issues.

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 actively involved in other veterans’ advocacy work with the American Civil Liberties Union and was recognized by the ACLU with an Immigrant Justice Award in 2018, by The Daily Journal as a California Lawyer of the Year in 2017, 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 served in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer and obtained a master’s degree in international relations, with a specialization in statistical analysis.

Experience

Mr. Takahashi’s representative experience includes advising:

  • Golden Door Properties, LLC (and other major agricultural operations in San Diego County), in various regulatory, administrative, and litigation matters (see, e.g., Molloy v. Vu (2019) 42 Cal.App.5th 746)
  • The Ocean Cleanup, regarding regulatory compliance for the collection of free-floating marine debris in the Pacific Ocean for recycling
  • Avangrid Renewables in the acquisition and litigation defense of key approvals for its Tule Wind Project in San Diego County
  • A major real estate development company in a transaction involving commercial development in the Eastgate Technology Park in the City of San Diego
  • Host Hotels & Resorts in its acquisition of the 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
  • The City of San Diego, in the successful negotiation of a settlement agreement to resolve a decades-old land-use matter
  • Various clients in transactions regarding the transfer of potential environmental liabilities and development rights
  • The owner of a bayfront hotel in downtown San Diego, in litigation defense of key land-use approvals (see San Diego Navy Broadway Complex Coalition v. California Coastal Com. (2019) 40 Cal.App.5th 563)
  • Multiple clients in various regulatory compliance matters related to on-site and off-site signage, for example, in local approvals for freeway-oriented signage for the Outlets at San Clemente
  • A United States Citizen, in a pro bono legal defense, terminating 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, “Climate Action Plan for San Diego County Struck Down Under CEQA,” Latham & Watkins Clean Energy Law Report, 2014
  • Co-author, “Expert Analysis | A Snapshot Of Renewable Energy Project Litigation,” Law360, 2012

Thought Leadership

  • Medicare Seeks to Ensure Repayment in Toxic Tort and Personal Injury Settlements -  September 30, 2020
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service Continues Work to Narrow Application of Migratory Bird Treaty Act -  June 24, 2020
  • California Sets Standards for Holding Public Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic -  May 04, 2020
  • CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development — Full Report -  May 17, 2019
  • California Supreme Court: Government Communications on Private Accounts Are Public -  March 16, 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 -  June 08, 2016
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Sixth Circuit Stays Obama Administration’s New Clean Water Rule Nationwide -  October 15, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Climate Action Plan for San Diego County Struck Down Under CEQA -  November 12, 2014
  • EPA, Army Corps Propose New Rule to Govern Federal Clean Water Act Jurisdiction -  April 08, 2014
  • 2013 in Renewable Energy Project Litigation -  April 01, 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 -  March 26, 2014
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Decision on Cape Wind Offshore Wind Farm -  March 19, 2014
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Ocotillo Wind-Energy Project Prevails in NEPA and Migratory Bird Treaty Act Challenges -  November 22, 2013
  • Goodbye Fourth of July: Are Fireworks Displays Now Subject to CWA Regulation? -  July 01, 2013
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Forest Service Releases Final Rule Streamlining the Administrative Appeal Process for Permit Holders and Applicants -  June 21, 2013
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility Project  -  March 19, 2013
  • Clean Energy Law Report: US Navy Steams Full Speed Ahead with Renewable Energy Development on Military Lands -  December 13, 2012
  • A Snapshot of Renewable Energy Project Litigation -  December 06, 2012
  • Litigation Landscape for Renewable Energy Projects -  November 15, 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Expansive Interpretation of Strict Liability Under the MBTA Takes Flight to the Fifth Circuit -  November 13, 2012
  • Strategic Risk Management in CEQA Administrative Proceedings -  November 05, 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Blog: DOD and DOI Open 16 Million Acres of Federal Lands to Renewable Energy Projects -  September 04, 2012
  • UPDATE: Forest Service Announces Proposed Rule and Request for Comments Regarding Project-Level Pre-Decisional Administrative Review Process -  August 20, 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Blog: Federal Government Agrees to Revise West-Wide Energy Corridor Plan to Facilitate Renewable Energy -  August 10, 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Blog: Brownfield Re-Development for Renewable Energy Projects and CERCLA Joint and Several Liability -  June 04, 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Blog: EPA Introduces Interactive Web-Based Geographic Information System -  May 03, 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Forest Service Appeals Replaced with Pre-Decisional Objection Process -  March 05, 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Federal Court Clips Criminal Liability Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act  -  February 09, 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Court Affirms Rule for CEQA Baseline Analysis -  January 24, 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Farmers' Advocacy Group Enters Foray Against Solar Energy Siting -  January 10, 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
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Technology
  • Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure
Practices
  • Water Quality
  • Project Siting & Approvals
  • Environment, Land & Resources
  • Real Estate
  • Supreme Court & Appellate