Winston Stromberg is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins, and is a member of the firm’s Environmental, Land & Resources Department. Mr. Stromberg’s practice focuses on obtaining and defending land use entitlements and environmental approvals for major real estate development, energy, and infrastructure projects.
Mr. Stromberg’s clients include private developers, corporations, land owners, institutions, public utilities, and non-profit organizations. He has helped clients obtain and defend approvals for numerous projects across California, including film and TV studios and theme parks, desalination facilities and related infrastructure, mixed-use and multi-family developments, hotels, master planned communities, private schools, and power plants and other industrial projects. He has extensive experience in handling litigation concerning compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), local planning and zoning laws, the California Coastal Act, and air quality and water quality laws in jurisdictions throughout California.
Mr. Stromberg draws on extensive experience in areas that include CEQA, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Coastal Act, the Subdivision Map Act, state and local planning and zoning laws, federal and state air quality and water quality laws, historic preservation laws, hazardous waste and contaminated property laws, endangered species preservation, public utility law, California’s “Prop. 65,” municipal law, and public contracting. Mr. Stromberg advises clients and litigates controversial matters in various industries throughout California regarding land use entitlements and approvals from local, state, and federal agencies. He also has considerable experience negotiating easement, construction, and other real estate-related agreements with governmental agencies necessary for the successful implementation of development projects.
Mr. Stromberg is a board member of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Environmental Law section.
Recent Speaking Engagements
- California Building Industry Association, "55th Select Conference on Industry Litigation, Ethics in the Government Practice," February 23, 2019
- LACBA Environmental Law Section, "The CEQA Guidelines (Revisited): A Follow-Up on the Proposed Amendments and their Potential Impact on Environmental Review," January 30, 2018
- LACBA Environmental Law Section, "The CEQA Guidelines: Proposed Amendments and the Potential Impact on Environmental Review," December 3, 2015
- LSI, Land Use Planning in California, “Climate Change and Water: Too Much in the Ocean and Not Enough Fresh Water Available for Use,” June 24, 2015
- "Amendments to CEQA Guidelines Now in Effect," GlobalELR Blog, January 10, 2019
- "California Court of Appeal Approves Environmental Analysis for Oil Refinery Propane Recovery Project," GlobalELR Blog, May 4, 2018
- "Proposed CEQA Amendments Proceed Through Rulemaking Process," GlobalELR Blog, February 27, 2018
- "California Supreme Court: CEQA Requires Study of Potential Impacts to ESHA," Client Alert, April 4, 2017
- "California Supreme Court: Government Communications on Private Accounts Are Public," Client Alert, March 16, 2017
- "California Coastal Commission Further Solidifies Enforcement Powers," Client Alert, August 22, 2014
Mr. Stromberg’s recent experience includes advising:
- California American Water Company in connection with approvals and litigation for the proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project
- Tribune Media Company in connection with land use entitlements and CEQA clearance for a mixed-use, transit oriented development in downtown Los Angeles
- City of Hope National Medical Center in connection with land use entitlements and CEQA clearance for a 20-year master plan for City of Hope’s 110-acre campus
- NBCUniversal in obtaining approvals for its US$1.6 billion long-term master plan for its Universal Studios and theme park site in the County and City of Los Angeles