Chris Carr serves as chair of the Environment and Energy Group and as co-chair of the firm’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)/Drone Group and the Clean Technology Group. Drawing from his experience with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of State, Mr. Carr represents businesses, land developers, private individuals, public agencies, and nonprofits in all areas of environmental and natural resource law, including energy, transportation, water, forestry, mining, coastal and marine resources, and agriculture.
In particular, Mr. Carr’s practice focuses on permitting and litigation under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as their California counterparts: the California ESA, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). He is an expert in local, state, federal, and international laws, regulations, initiatives, and programs to promote the development of clean energy.
Mr. Carr regularly advises clients on permitting for large projects by, and in investigations by and administrative proceedings before, federal, state, and local agencies, including:
He frequently litigates challenges to environmental permits, approvals, and review documents issued by such agencies in federal and state courts, and defends against “citizen suits” brought under federal environmental statutes.
Mr. Carr is recommended by Chambers USA (2015, 2016), Legal 500 US (2012-2017), and Best Lawyers (2009-2017). In 2013 and 2016, he was recognized by Best Lawyers as “San Francisco Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year,” an honor given to a single lawyer in the metropolitan area.
Mr. Carr has served on the City of San Francisco’s Clean Technology Advisory Council, the Wine Institute’s Public Policy Committee, the California Forestry Association’s Legal Affairs Committee, and the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association’s Environment Committee, as well as on the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at U.C. Berkeley.
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