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Government, Land Use, Environment & Energy

Getting results through effective advocacy Government

Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) provides legal representation in many aspects of government-related issues, including public affairs. Our clients include a wide range of industries, businesses, trade groups and individuals.

JMBM's Government Group represents our clients at every level of State and Federal government, particularly throughout the state of California. Our lawyers routinely advocate our clients’ interests before the myriad of regulatory authorities, administrative agencies and elected bodies that govern business and development activities. The Firm's negotiation expertise and lobbying experience includes representing clients seeking to locate and develop new sites, relocate, expand operations, and all related permitting and compliance. Read more.

Land Use

Our land use and zoning lawyers are knowledgeable, skilled negotiators who can produce results when dealing with local governments, including boards of supervisors, city councils, zoning boards and planning and redevelopment agencies, as well as state and federal agencies that oversee environmental and land use issues. Projects that we have helped move through the approval process include hotels, shopping centers, theaters, office buildings, residential developments and apartment complexes, plus a wide range of such industrial projects as mines, energy plants and manufacturing facilities. JMBM's particular strength is handling all permitting and compliance issues for clients seeking to locate and develop new sites, relocate or expand operations. Read more

Environmental Law

Environmental law presents one of the most rapidly expanding and challenging areas of the law, especially in California and the West. The field has an ever-increasing and changing proliferation of laws, regulations, cases, and issues. JMBM's Environmental Group counsels both private and public sector clients in identifying, evaluating, and efficiently resolving environmental issues, including air, water, hazardous materials, and soil-related work. The group includes members with vast experience in litigation, regulatory, and administrative matters. Read more


Energy companies contend with a myriad of issues unique to the industry – from government and regulatory issues to special financing and property issues. Having represented the interests of energy producers, distributors and lessors for decades, JMBM’s attorneys are experienced in matters pertaining to oil, gas, geothermal, natural gas, pipeline development, power plants, power marketing, and energy investment. In addition, the Firm's attorneys have negotiated a wide range of business and finance transactions, have experience before the full spectrum of government and regulatory agencies, and have served as trusted counsel in litigation matters. Our Renewable & Alternative Energy Group provides transactional and litigation services to the industries, businesses, investors and entrepreneurs that are developing products and services that promote the efficient use of energy. We also serve the needs of existing industries and businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become more energy efficient. Read more