Greenfire Law attorneys litigate to protect environmental rights on behalf of nonprofit organizations, communities, and workers.
The firm’s environmental practice includes litigation and counseling on environmental, climate change, and natural resource management.
Our attorneys have a strong understanding of major environmental statues and regulatory programs and exemplary litigation experience bringing environmental enforcement actions on behalf of citizens, including in the areas of state and federal environmental law in all media, climate change, natural resource management, and environmental policy. The firm’s depth of knowledge with complex environmental laws includes working with the National Environmental Policy Act, California Environmental Quality Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, California Coastal Act, and California’s Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act), among others.
Land Use Law
Land use and zoning law is the regulation of the use and development of public and private real estate.
Zoning is the most common form of land-use regulation, used by municipalities to control local property development. Other legal issues pertaining to land use include easements, trespassing, and eminent domain. Our firm helps individuals and citizen groups navigate the complex statutory and local regulatory schemes involved when local governments consider development projects in their jurisdictions. We have counseled clients in local cannabis regulation and control, securing permits for the construction of accessory dwelling units, ensuring a developer’s compliance with local affordable housing requirements, and objecting to development projects that fail to comply with state and local law..
Simply defined, animal law is the combination of statutory and case law that relates to or has an impact on nonhuman animals.
Our attorneys have a strong understanding of the timelines the goverment musIt encompasses companion animals and wildlife as well as animals used in entertainment, research, or raised for food. Animal law permeates and affects most traditional areas of the law—including tort, food safety, consumer protection, contract, constitutional, family, environmental, administrative, and criminal law. In practice, our attorneys work diligently to identify opportunities to advance the interests of animals in the law through policy or litigation using myriad statutory and common law schemes, including the Endangered Species Act, Administrative Procedures Act, public nuisance law, and the public trust doctrine.
Public Records & Open Government
All 50 states and the federal government have public records laws which allow members of the public to obtain documents and other public records from state and local government bodies.
The firm’s public records practice includes counseling clients through the records request process, with advice on crafting targeted requests, seeking fee waivers, filing and prosecuting administrative appeals, and litigation when necessary.
Telecommunications law pertains to the systems of electronic communications and broadcasting across the United States.
This area is heavily regulated by federal law and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). We represent citizens and non-profit groups interested in strengthening local control over telecommunications regulation. Through litigation and legislative assistance, we ensure public participation to the maximum extent possible under federal law when local governments are forced to deploy small cell wireless technology, known as 5G or Fifth Generation wireless infrastructure, in their cities and counties.
California employers are bound to comply with the California Labor Code, one of the most pro-worker employment laws in the country.
Greenfire Law represents employees who have been mistreated by their employers. Our attorneys handle both individual lawsuits and class actions against large and small employers who have violated the Labor Code and California’s anti-discrimination, harassment, and retaliation laws.
The Labor Code provides various protections for employees in the workplace to ensure workers are treated fairly and compensated properly. When an employer fails to comply with the Labor Code, aggrieved employees can sue for damages. Examples of protections afforded to employees under the Labor Code include the right to minimum wage, overtime compensation, meal and rest periods, and the proper classification as employees versus independent contractors. Our attorneys represent employees in lawsuits against employers who have violated the Labor Code and help employees recover damages including unpaid balance of overtime compensation withheld from employees, back pay and back wages, and penalties provided for by the Labor Code.
California also has several laws that protect employees against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Our lawyers help employees who have been subject to unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation navigate exhaustion of administrative remedies and pursue litigation when necessary.