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The California Coastal Act affects nearly every project in the State’s coastal zone.  Whether a project is sponsored by a public agency or is undertaken by a private party, it is critical to have a thorough understanding of the Coastal Act and how it gets applied and litigated in practice.  RWG’s attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help our clients at every step of the way, from administrative proceedings before local agencies and the California Coastal Commission to litigation in both trial and appellate courts. 

Our knowledge of the Coastal Act allows us to assist with all types of coastal law issues, including coastal permits and exemptions, administrative appeals, and Local Coastal Programs (LCPs).  Our familiarity with how both local agencies and the statewide California Coastal Commission implement the Coastal Act ensures that we approach projects with efficiency, common sense, and creativity. 

RWG’s attorneys also have specific experience with litigation involving the Coastal Act and LCPs.  Our coastal litigation experience includes both supporting project approvals by local agencies and the Coastal Commission and challenging decisions of the Coastal Commission.  We also routinely handle coastal litigation at all stages, including in state trial and appellate courts and, when necessary based on the claim, in federal court.

Whatever the coastal law issue or project, RWG’s attorneys have the knowledge and practical experience to help. 


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