Environmental Law, Energy, and Land Use
Jon Welner is a leading practitioner of environmental and natural resource law in California. Jon represents clients in all areas of environmental, natural resource, and land use law. His practice includes the regulation of air, water, hazardous substances, hazardous waste, radiological materials, contaminated properties (“Brownfields”), power plants, oil and gas facilities, coastal development, endangered species and other natural resources, as well as matters involving CEQA and NEPA (environmental impact reports/studies), the Williamson Act (farmland preservation), OSHA/Cal-OSHA (workplace safety), and Prop 65 (chemicals in products).
Jon has special expertise on the siting of power plants in California and proceedings before the California Energy Commission.
Jon represents clients in both administrative and judicial proceedings, including matters before the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Air Districts, the State and Regional Water Boards, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the California Department of Public Health, the California Department of Conservation, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the California Coastal Commission, the San Francisco Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the State Lands Commission, U.S. EPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, local governments, and other agencies.
Jon's clients include project developers, land owners, solar companies, mining companies, concrete suppliers, oil and gas companies, hotels and hospitality companies, water utilities, automobile manufacturers, chemical manufacturers, biotechnology companies, modular building manufacturers, scrap metal recyclers, hazardous waste and solid waste landfills, local governments, and nonprofit organizations.
Jon is frequently called upon by the media to comment on environmental and natural resource topics. He is a member and former Chair of the Planning Commission of the Town of Tiburon, California, and has previously served as a senior official at the California Natural Resources Agency.
Jon is the Chair of JMBM’s Prevailing Wage Practice Group. He is recognized as one of the foremost practitioners in the State, and is frequently involved in complex and groundbreaking cases on behalf of developers, contractors, and manufacturers.
Jon represents employers in proceedings before the California Department of Industrial Relations and the Labor Commissioner, including public works determinations and appeals of Civil Wage and Penalty Assessments (CWPAs). He defends clients in high-stakes prevailing wage litigation. He also represents clients on matters involving federal prevailing wages (Davis-Bacon), and in the negotiation and operation of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).
Jon frequently speaks and writes on prevailing wage topics. He is the principal advisor on prevailing wage matters for the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA), and has prepared a Prevailing Wage Compliance Checklist for California concrete producers.
Jon also publishes WELNER ON WAGES, a series of articles on LinkedIn about current developments in prevailing wage law.
J.D., Stanford Law School, 1995
- Class Marshal, 1995.
- President, Environmental Law Society, 1994-5.
- Associate Editor, Stanford Law Review, 1993-95.
A.B., with Distinction, Political Science, Stanford University, 1989
- Phi Beta Kappa, 1989.
- John Gardner Fellow, 1989
- Chair, Stanford-in-Government, 1988-89
- Harry S. Truman Scholar, 1987
Bar AdmissionsState Bar of California
Executive Committee Member and former Chair, Environmental Law Section, Bar Association of San Francisco
Executive Committee, Environmental Law Section, California State Bar
Board of Directors, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
Board of Directors, John Gardner Fellowship Association
Advisory Board, Stanford-in-Government
Formerly served on the Boards of the following institutions:
Congregation Rodef Sholom (San Rafael).
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern California Chapter.
San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art.
Awards & Recognition
- Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, AV Preeminent Rating
- Avvo, Superb Rating
- Recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America® for 2016 & 2017