Kerry Shapiro chairs the Firm’s Natural Resources and Mining Group and co-chairs its Construction and Building Materials Group. He also leads the Firm’s Government, Land Use, Environment and Energy Department in the San Francisco office. He has represented the mining, construction and building materials industries on mineral extraction and land development projects for over 25 years, providing legal services on government, land use, environment, and natural resources matters, at federal, state, and local levels. Kerry has extensive experience working with SMARA, CEQA, the Mining Law of 1872, NEPA, FLPMA, the Mineral Materials Act, both Federal and California Endangered Species Acts, and the Clean Water Act, in relation to various entitlements processes, public land transactions, administrative appeals, and related litigation.
Kerry's experience has included securing land use approvals for the largest federally-authorized sand and gravel project in the United States, and obtaining the only mining vested rights confirmation ever issued from the State Mining and Geology Board for the largest aggregate deposit in California. Kerry also has successfully represented mining companies before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and state courts of appeals on mining, CEQA and federal endangered species matters, including published decisions on leading edge Endangered Species Act and CEQA issues.
Kerry currently serves as General Counsel to the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA), and chairs the Association's Legal Action Committee. He received CalCIMA's 2011 Spirit of the Industry Award, for participation in negotiations on California SB 108 legislation relating to idle mines. He has given presentations to numerous industry, government and professional groups including U.S. Department of the Interior, and American Association of Professional Landmen.
J.D., UC College of the Law, San Francisco (Formerly UC Hastings), 1987
B.A., Oberlin College, 1982
Phi Beta Kappa
General Counsel, California Construction and Materials Association (CalCIMA), 2013-2014
Member, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association
Member, Environmental Law Section, State Bar of California
Member, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Chair, CalCIMA Legal Committee, 2010-2014
Chair, CalCIMA Associates Subcommittee, 2009-2011
- Recipient of CalCIMA's 2011 Spirit of the Industry Award, for participation in negotiations on California SB 108 relating to idle mines.
- Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer, 2016-2022
- Recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America® for 2021-2024
- U.S. Supreme Court Narrows Scope of EPA Authority Under the Clean Water Act in Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency
- US District Court Rules on Use of Multiple NEPA Categorical Exclusions
- California and Federal Endangered Species: Fall 2022 News Roundup
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife Recommends Not Listing Western Joshua Tree as Threatened under California Endangered Species Act
- Trump Administration's WOTUS Rule Vacated by Arizona Court
- U.S. Supreme Court Narrows Scope of EPA Authority Under the Clean Water Act in Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency By Kerry Shapiro and Daniel Quinley On May 25, 2023, the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency,
- US District Court Rules on Use of Multiple NEPA Categorical Exclusions By Kerry Shapiro and Daniel Quinley On March 9, 2023, the US District Court for the Eastern District of California issued its ruling in Friends of the