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 hospitality, agriculture, real estate, renewable energy, and commercial products, 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 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 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.
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
- Presenter, CEQA and the NEPA Re-Write, Law Seminars International, 2020
- Presenter, 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