Niran S. Somasundaram


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Land Use
Land Use
San Francisco

Niran focuses his practice on land use and environmental matters. He frequently advises landowners, developers and public agency clients in land use matters and has experience conducting land use due diligence, preparing and processing entitlement applications, representing clients in administrative proceedings, and ensuring compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other land use and environmental legislation.

Niran also advises and counsels clients on environmental regulatory and statutory compliance. He has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts, including preparation of pleadings, motion practice, written discovery, experts, and 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)

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)

Admissions And Courts


San Francisco

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

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