Mr. Wilkins joined the firm in 2005 and became a partner in 2010. His practice focuses on land use and environmental law. Mr. Wilkins handles all phases of the land use entitlement and permitting processes, including administrative approvals and litigation. Mr. Wilkins’s practice covers the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the State Planning and Zoning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, the Williamson Act, the California Endangered Species Act, the California Native Plant Protection Act, the Brown Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the federal Endangered Species Act, the federal Clean Water Act, waste management, water law, administrative law, as well as initiative and referendum law.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wilkins was an associate attorney in the complex litigation and litigation groups at Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard, where he represented public and private clients in state and federal court proceedings involving a broad range of matters, including inverse condemnation, eminent domain, contracts, products liability, unfair competition, and class actions. While working at Kronick, Mr. Wilkins volunteered for a month at the Yolo County District Attorney’s office, handling hearings, bench trials and a jury trial. Before entering law school, he served in various positions in the political arena, including research director for a state political party, political consultant and campaign manager.
Mr. Wilkins regularly teaches land use and environmental continuing education classes and seminars for organizations such as the State Bar of California, Law Seminars International, and Association of Environmental Professionals. He also regularly speaks at conferences and meetings, such as the annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite.
Leaders of the California Lawyers Association discuss the organization’s growth over the past year and goals for the future.
Heather Rosing, Pam Wilson, Jim Hill, Chip Wilkins, and Emilio Varanini talk about what the CLA leadership looks like after their split from the State Bar and the goals they have for the future of the association.
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