“He provides excellent strategic advice and is in tune with the realities of the political environment.”

Chambers USA 2020

Marc T. Campopiano

Orange County
  • 650 Town Center Drive
  • 20th Floor
  • Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1925
  • USA

Marc Campopiano has extensive experience in obtaining governmental approvals and ensuring environmental compliance for major energy, infrastructure, and land use matters. Mr. Campopiano has particular expertise with matters involving complex climate change, air quality, and land use issues. He represents real estate developers, energy companies, and utilities on a range of projects, including major residential and commercial development, renewable and traditional power generation, transmission lines, gas storage facilities, and cleantech development.

Mr. Campopiano parlays his strong environmental background with legal experience to deliver specialized representation on matters where technical and legal issues can be closely intertwined. He has a Masters of Environmental Science and Management and previously worked as an environmental consultant evaluating power plants, transmission lines, and other major projects under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Mr. Campopiano has particular experience in matters related to energy, climate change, land use, air quality, health risk assessments, and biological impacts. He frequently advises clients on requirements under the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act.

Mr. Campopiano formerly served as Local Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department in the Orange County office.

Mr. Campopiano’s representative matters include the following:

  • Represented Newhall Land and Farming Company with CEQA approvals from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Air Resources Board, and County of Los Angeles as the first-ever large “net zero GHG” master-planned community in California, including developing ground-breaking strategies to mitigate climate impacts and to meet net zero energy standards
  • Counseled Southern California Edison on the West Devers Transmission Line Project before the California Public Utilities Commission and Bureau of Land Management to facilitate the interconnection of renewable generation, including obtaining approvals under the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act
  • Represented SoCalGas with regulatory actions related to the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak, including matters before the California Public Utilities Commission and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources
  • Represented NRG Energy with regard to its Puente Power Project before the California Energy Commission, integrating renewable sources and maintaining grid reliability
  • Represent Stanton Energy Reliability Center before the California Public Utilities Commission and in litigation before the Court of Appeal
  • Represented Hyperloop One with obtaining approval from the Bureau of Land Management to construct the first-ever full scale “hyperloop” test track on federal land in Nevada
  • Successfully represented CPV Sentinel LLC before the Ninth Circuit in defense of a lawsuit seeking to overturn the US Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of emission credits for its US$1 billion power plant
  • Assisted major power producer with participating in a state rulemaking process to implement regulations under Section 316(b) of the federal Clean Water Act
  • Represented large wind farm with first out-of-country certification by the California Energy Commission under California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS)
Thought Leadership
  • Co-Author, “California Supreme Court Clarifies Standards for Judicial Review and Air Quality Analyses” Latham & Watkins Client Alert, March 6, 2019
  • Co-Author, “California Supreme Court: Government Communications on Private Accounts Are Public,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert, March 16, 2017
  • Co-Author, Latham & Watkins Global Energy and Climate Update, June 22, 2016
  • Co-Author “Rapidly Transforming Energy Section: Risks and Opportunities in the US, China and Europe,” Bloomberg BNA International Environment Reporter, December 16, 2015
  • Co-Author, “Proposed Rule from U.S. Department of the Interior Increases Pressure on Coal Mining Industry,” Pratt’s Energy Law Report, November 1, 2015
  • Co-Author, “Can Calif.’s Gov. Still hit His Climate Change Goals?” Law360, October 6, 2015
  • Co-Author, “EPA Finalizes Historic Greenhouse Gs Emission Reduction Program,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert White Paper, August 18, 2015
  • Co-Author, “California Energy Conservation Plan Hits Speed Bump,” Law360, April 6, 2015
  • Mr. Campopiano is a regular contributor to the firm's Clean Energy Report Blog at http://www.cleanenergylawreport.com/www.cleanenergylawreport.com
Speaking Engagements
  • The Economics, Future & Opportunity of ESG Platforms for Global to Local Sustainability & Success, Sustain Southern California, September 2021
  • North American Carbon World 2021 Virtual Conference, “The Winding Road to Net Zero: A Workshop on Legal Issues Critical to Decarbonization,” April 22, 2021
  • When is it Defensible to Mitigate CEQA GHG Emissions Impacts with GHG Credits? AEP Conference, Monterey, March 2019
  • Addressing GHG Emissions under CEQA: Recent Developments and Trends for 2019, North American Carbon World Conference, Los Angeles, April 2019
    • Three green leaves
    • March 20, 2014
      Addressing the latest air quality and climate change regulatory and policy updates, including the Sierra Club challenge to PSD, the EPA’s draft guidance and the EPA’s RCRA non-hazardous waste determination.
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    • November 22, 2013
      Addressing California’s new electricity storage capacity requirements, the new guidance for assessing climate change impacts of chemicals being added to Stockholm Convention, and an update on EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standards.
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    • July 24, 2013
      Addressing the recent decision in the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard case, Greenhouse gas emissions trading for airlines, climate change issues and the Equator Principles, and President Obama’s newly released Climate Action Plan.
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    • March 27, 2013
      Addressing recent air quality and climate change regulatory and policy updates, including the RIN Trading program and an update on the EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard program and the Renewable Energy Standard program.
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    • July 31, 2012
      Reviewing current air quality and climate change regulatory and policy updates, including: national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants, recent air regulations for hydraulically-fractured gas wells and oil & gas development equipment and the National Ambient Air Quality Standard.
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