Miles H. Imwalle

Miles H. Imwalle


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

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Miles Imwalle is co-chair of the Environment and Energy Group where he focuses on all aspects of the land development process. He is a rising star in the land use field in California, having shepherded some of the largest, most complex, and most controversial projects through the state’s notoriously difficult entitlement process.

Mr. Imwalle advises on a wide range of issues relating to the development, financing, and purchase and sale of large scale development projects, including corporate R&D and office campuses, mix-use transit-oriented developments, industrial facilities, and renewable energy projects.

Mr. Imwalle is an expert in all areas affecting large scale development projects and brings a practical approach to finding the most efficient and defensible path to obtaining entitlements.  He brings a deep and sophisticated expertise to the numerous regulatory hurdles these projects face, including compliance with NEPA and CEQA environmental review, the federal and California Endangered Species Acts, the Clean Water Act, Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, the Williamson Act, emerging California regulations addressing climate change, and local zoning and related laws and regulations.  Large scale projects often require approvals from several local, regional, state, and federal agencies, each with different objectives and cultures.  Mr. Imwalle knows how the issues interrelate; he works creatively and collaboratively with regulators and navigates pitfalls while seeking solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

Representative projects that Mr. Imwalle has worked on include: Apple’s 3.4 million square foot campus in Cupertino; the 2.1 million square foot “City Center” project in San Ramon; redevelopment of the dilapidated and outmoded 50-acre Vallco mall in Cupertino; the master plan for the state-of-the-art John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek; the 700,000 square foot gaming casino, conference center and retail facility plus 1,100 room hotel proposed for Point Molate in Richmond, as well as thousands of residential units throughout the Bay Area and hundreds of megawatts of solar and wind development.

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

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 (2014–2017) 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 (2009–2014).  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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