Alan Linch

Alan D. Linch


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Land Use
Land Use
San Francisco

Alan is a member of Hanson Bridgett's Real Estate and Environment practice and specializes in land use and environmental matters throughout California. He advises on local, state, and federal legislative and regulatory impacts on real estate development, including matters involving the entitlement process, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, and climate change. 

Alan also provides counsel on electronically stored information, data management, and litigation readiness strategies.

Alan previously worked in the United States Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, where he focused on natural resources defense, federal land management, water law, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance. He also served in the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund (CERCLA) enforcement and compliance office in Washington, DC.


"Opening the Golden Door: The Fourth District Shines a Light on CEQA Compliant Greenhouse Gas Mitigation," co-author, Land Use Law Alert (June 2020)

"CEQA Reform in the COVID Era? The California Senate Housing Production Package Moves Forward," co-author, Land Use Law Alert (June 2020)

"Updates to CEQA Technical Advisories on Disaster Response and Housing," co-author, Land Use Alert (January 2020)

"Disproportionate Business License Tax Updated - The Gig Economy," California Land Surveyors Association Magazine (November 2019)

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Professional Affiliations

Mill Valley Planning Commission


J.D., Tulane University Law School (2004)

B.S., Vanderbilt University (2000)

Admissions And Courts


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

San Francisco

(415) 995-5158 Direct Phone
(415) 541-9366 Fax

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