Chris Carr serves as chair of the Environment and Energy Group, and as co-chair of the firm’s UAS/Drone Group and the Clean Technology Group. Drawing from his experience with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. State Department’s Office of Marine Conservation, Mr. Carr represents land developers, business concerns, private individuals, public agencies and nonprofits in all areas of environmental and natural resource law, including energy, forestry, water, mining, coastal and marine resources, agriculture and land development.
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 also counsels clients on the legal requirements for commercial drone use, including FAA Section 333 Exemption requests and compliance with the anticipated final regulations for commercial use of small UAS.
Mr. Carr regularly advises clients on permitting for large projects involving, and in investigations by and administrative proceedings before, federal and state environmental, natural resource and land management agencies, including:
He frequently defends against “citizen suits” brought under federal environmental statutes, and litigates challenges to environmental permits, approvals, and review documents in federal and state courts.
Mr. Carr serves 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. He also serves on the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley.
Mr. Carr is recommended by Chambers USA (2015-2016), Legal 500 US (2012 – 2016), and Best Lawyers (2009 – 2015). 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.
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