Miles H. Imwalle

Miles H. Imwalle

Partner

San Francisco, (415) 268-6523
Palo Alto,

Education

Dartmouth College (B.A., 1997)
New York University School of Law (J.D., 2003)

Bar Admissions

California

Miles Imwalle is a partner in the Environment and Energy Group. His practice focuses on all aspects of the land development process, including land use entitlements, compliance issues, and litigation. Mr. Imwalle advises clients on the development of commercial, residential, mixed-use, and renewable energy projects throughout California, and in the land use aspects of financing real estate acquisitions and developments, including zoning, land use, permitting, and environmental matters. He frequently assists clients with preparing environmental review documents required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act, as well as defending clients' environmental review documents in both administrative and judicial proceedings.

Mr. Imwalle's practice also focuses on evolving legislation related to climate change, such as AB 32 (The Global Warming Solutions Act) and SB 375, and addressing climate change under CEQA. In the climate change arena, his focus is on the impact of such legislation on land use decision-making and strategies for minimizing legal risks related to climate change.

Mr. Imwalle maintains an active environmental practice, counseling clients on environmental risks that arise during the sale of a business or transfer of property, particularly risks associated with potential liability under federal and state statutes such as CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, and California's Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act. Mr. Imwalle conducts and coordinates environmental due diligence assessments, including the retention and supervision of environmental consultants, and advises on strategies for addressing and allocating liability risks for contaminated properties, including drafting and negotiating applicable representations and warranties and contract language. He also assists with resolution of issues identified in the course of due diligence.

Mr. Imwalle is on the editorial board for Trends, the newsletter for the Environment, Energy and Resources section of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Imwalle is recommended by Legal 500 US (2014–2016) in the areas of land use and zoning; environment: litigation and transactional/regulatory; and alternative/renewable energy. SuperLawyers has also recognized him as a “Rising Star” in land use and zoning (2009–2013). In 2012, The Recorder named Mr. Imwalle among its 50 “Fast Track” lawyers, a list that recognizes California attorneys whose early accomplishments indicate they will be tomorrow’s top lawyers and leaders.

Mr. Imwalle graduated with honors from Dartmouth College. He earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law where he served as an articles editor for the New York University Environmental Law Journal.

Apple Inc.'s New Cupertino Campus
Serving as land use, CEQA and natural resource permitting counsel to Apple in connection with a new, approximately 3.4-million-square-foot campus in Cupertino, California.
BRE Properties’ Walnut Creek BART Project
Assist BRE Properties with the entitlement of a mixed-use, transit-oriented development project at the BART Station in Walnut Creek, California.  This 16-acre site will be developed with a replacement parking garage for BART parking, a 30,000-square-foot commercial building, approximately 590 multi-family residential units, approximately 8,000 square feet of retail use, and associated parking.
John Muir Health’s Development Projects
Serve as John Muir Health’s land use, natural resources, and real estate counsel on all aspects of its capital program, including the entitlement and development of its major medical centers in Walnut Creek, Concord, and Brentwood, California.  We also assist John Muir Health with the acquisition and leasing of property, as well as with its strategic master planning. 
San Ramon City Center Project
Settled ensuing litigation in a quick and cost-effective manner and assisted Sunset Development Company with obtaining entitlements for its mixed-use, public-private partnership "City Center" project in San Ramon. The project consists of approximately 2.1 million square feet that include residential, retail, commercial, and civic components.
Intermodal Container Freight Facility in Los Angeles
Advise Union Pacific Railroad on land use and other environmental permitting matters for $400 million rail facility in Los Angeles. Because of the opposition of some community groups, the project is undergoing a detailed environmental review.

Mr. Imwalle is recommended by Legal 500 US (2014–2016) in the areas of land use and zoning; environment: litigation and transactional/regulatory; and alternative/renewable energy. SuperLawyers has also recognized him as a “Rising Star” in land use and zoning (2009–2013). In 2012, The Recorder named Mr. Imwalle among its 50 “Fast Track” lawyers, a list that recognizes California attorneys whose early accomplishments indicate they will be tomorrow’s top lawyers and leaders.

The Recorder Names Miles Imwalle Among Its 50 "Fast Track" Lawyers (2012)

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