Jennifer R. Jeffers

Jennifer R. Jeffers

Education

University of Colorado, Boulder (B.A., 2000)
University of California, Berkeley (M.S., 2009)
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (J.D., 2009)

Bar Admissions

California

Jennifer Jeffers is an associate in the firm’s Environment and Energy Group. Ms. Jeffers counsels domestic and international clients on land use, environmental, and regulatory matters in a number of sectors, including real property development, natural resources, renewable energy, fisheries, and climate change. She advises clients on compliance with state and local agency regulations regarding commercial, mixed-use, and renewable energy project development and permitting, including zoning, land use, and environmental compliance.

She frequently assists clients with preparing and responding to environmental review documents required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as defending clients' environmental review documents in both administrative and judicial proceedings. Ms. Jeffers also represents clients in federal and state court and before federal and state regulatory agencies in matters involving the state and federal Endangered Species Acts and other environmental statutes.

Prior to law school, Ms. Jeffers managed Conservation International’s Regional Marine Strategies program in Washington, D.C., where she provided marine biodiversity management strategies to regional staff, local and national governments, and public institutions in 11 countries worldwide. Ms. Jeffers assisted in developing site-specific and large-scale planning strategies for conservation programs, including the implementation of formal agreements for marine protected area creation, management, and enforcement.

Ms. Jeffers graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a J.D. and Certificate of Environmental Law from the School of Law (Boalt Hall) and an M.S. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. While in law school, she served as an executive editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly, a research assistant for the Law of the Sea Institute, and a graduate student instructor for an international environmental politics course.

Before joining Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Jeffers worked in the Environment, Land, and Natural Resources Section of the California Attorney General’s Office and at a boutique land use and natural resources law firm in San Francisco.

Professional Memberships

  • Advisory Board Member, Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment
  • Advisory Board Member, NewCourse
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
Apple Inc.’s New Cupertino Campus
Serve as land use, CEQA and natural resource permitting counsel to Apple on matters related to the entitlement and development of its state-of-the-art, sustainable 3.4 million-square-foot Apple Park in Cupertino. Ms. Jeffers worked closely with Apple’s team on land use due diligence and strategic counseling related to this substantial, world-class new campus project and helped Apple secure its designation as California’s first Environmental Leadership project under the Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act (AB 900).
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Advised a consortium of major airlines in negotiations with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority and Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority in connection with the privatization of the San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. Those negotiations led to a landmark $2.5 billion public-private partnership, consisting of a 40-year lease to operate and improve the airport, and 15-year use agreements with the major airlines operating at the airport. The deal closed in February 2013 after securing FAA approval. Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is the first sizable airport privatized under a Federal Aviation Administration pilot program.
Genentech’s Headquarters Expansion Project
Advise Genentech in replanning its headquarters campus in South San Francisco, assisting in land acquisition, and securing all authorizations to double (more than 6 million square feet) the campus through approval of a new master plan, environmental impact report, and expansion of the Genentech R&D district. This project involves replacing existing buildings, infrastructure improvements, and financing for the new buildings.
Gilead’s Headquarters Expansion
Obtained final approval from Foster City in connection with Gilead’s proposal to double the size of its headquarters/R&D campus. The city approvals included a new corporate campus master plan for the 40-acre campus, environmental impact report, rezoning for greater density and less parking, and a 20-year development agreement to protect Gilead’s rights under those approvals. Contemporaneously, Foster City agreed to transfer to Gilead roadways and water and wastewater facilities that run through the property, allowing Gilead to create a compact and unified campus. During this process, we also represented Gilead in its acquisition of Electronics For Imaging’s 30-acre corporate campus, which borders Gilead’s campus, including the transfer of EFI’s development entitlements for possible future Gilead expansion.
Land Use Counsel to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
Serve as land use counsel to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in the siting of its major hospital and medical office facilities throughout California. Represent the company on all facets of its entitlements process, including strategic planning and CEQA advice, negotiation of long-range development agreements, seismic renovation, sustainable green policy compliance, and development plan approvals on more than 15 of its medical facilities. These include major facilities in Santa Clara, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Jose, Antioch, Emeryville, Vallejo, Modesto, Vacaville, and Walnut Creek. Ms. Jeffers is currently advising Kaiser on major proposed medical center and hospital projects in Sacramento and San Rafael.
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Represent the nation’s largest provider of treated drinking water in litigation challenging Biological Opinions issued by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service restricting operation of the State Water Project.
The Nature Conservancy – US and International Fisheries Matters
Advise The Nature Conservancy (TNC) (on a pro bono basis) on various domestic and international fishery-related programs. Efforts include assisting the TNC Asia-Pacific team in helping the government of Palau create a model program for sustainable tuna fishing and regulations that increase local control and improve the fishery’s economic and environmental performance, and advising on the creation of an electronic monitoring enforcement program for the region. Ms. Jeffers also provides legal strategy and support to the TNC Bahamas team with regard to national fisheries legislation and protected area management, and has advised the TNC California team regarding groundfish fishery management and monitoring.
Land Use and Environmental Counsel to Union Pacific Railroad Company
Advise Union Pacific Railroad Company on major projects within California and across the country requiring CEQA and NEPA review, including a project to modernize its existing intermodal railyard near the Port of Los Angeles. Although the $400 million intermodal railyard project will reduce air emissions, surrounding communities have threatened litigation to stop the project, and Ms. Jeffers is currently working with Union Pacific to ensure full compliance with all land use, environmental and building permit requirements.
Wild Equity Institute v. City and County of San Francisco, et al.
Defeated preliminary injunction and summary judgment motions that threatened to shut down the historic Sharp Park Golf Course, working pro-bono on behalf of the nonprofit defendant-intervenor San Francisco Public Golf Alliance (SFPGA). Environmental advocacy groups, led by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Wild Equity Institute, filed a lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco seeking to shut down the Golf Course, alleging impacts to the California red-legged frog and San Francisco garter snake, both listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. Succeeded in getting the lawsuit dismissed after a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Biological Opinion substantiated our argument that extensive studies and expert scientific analysis support the claim that protected species and public golf can (and, indeed, do) enjoy a symbiotic relationship.

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