Niran S. Somasundaram


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Environmental and Natural Resources
Environmental Crimes & Investigations
San Francisco

Niran focuses his practice on land use and environmental matters. He frequently advises landowners, developers and public agency clients in land use land use and environmental regulatory matters and has experience conducting land use due diligence, preparing and processing entitlement applications, ensuring compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other land use and environmental legislation, and representing clients in administrative proceedings in front of federal, regional and state agencies, including regional and the state water board, state environmental agencies, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Niran also regularly advises and counsels clients regarding compliance with Local Air District and California Air Resources Board rules and regulations, and has experience designing and entitling renewable energy infrastructure, including electric vehicle charging facilities. He has experience drafting and negotiating Development Agreements and leases with municipalities and counties throughout California.

Niran further has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in environmental and land use litigation in federal and state courts, including preparation of injunctions, pleadings, motion practice, written discovery, experts, and other trial preparation.


“Climate Change Case Could Lead to Resurrection of ‘Nondelegation’,” Daily Journal (November 2021)

"An In-Depth Look at the Oakland A's Proposed New Stadium Project," Land Use Law Alert (September 2021)

"Stop Syar Expansion Decision Demonstrates the Uphill Battle for CEQA Plaintiffs," Land Use Law Alert (August 2021)

"Calif. Warehouse GHG Proposal Would Likely Face Lawsuits," Law360 (March 2021)

"DC Court of Appeals Strikes Down Trump EPA's ACE Rule," co-author, Daily Journal (January 2021)

"Supreme Court of California Weighs In on Blanket Categorization of Well Construction Permit Approvals as Ministerial," Land Use Law Alert (September 2020)

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

"Recent Trends in EPA-Manufacturing Enforcement Actions," co-author, Industry Today (June 2020)

"New Bay Area Shelter-in-Place Orders Allow for the Resumption of Environmental Site Remediation and Agricultural Operations," co-author, Environmental Law Alert (April 2020)

"U.S. EPA’s Temporary Enforcement Policy Provides Needed Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic," co-author, Environmental Law Alert (March 2020)

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"Biden's Plan for EVs," ABC 10 News (August 2021)

"Biden Environment Agenda Spurs Early Pivots, Attacks in Court," Bloomberg Law (April 2021)


The Best Lawyers in America©, Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation (2023)

Academic Distinction

Ecology Law Quarterly, Programs Director, Managing Editor

Environmental Conservation Outreach, SLPS Leader


J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (2016)

B.A., cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles (2013)

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San Francisco

(415) 995-5872 Direct Phone
(415) 995-3464 Fax

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