Martin Stratte is an attorney in the Government, Land Use, Environment & Energy Department and a member of the Natural Resources and Mining Group.
He assists with the entitlement of complex projects throughout California with an emphasis on projects for the mining, construction, and building materials industries. His experience includes work for large quarries, metallic mines, aggregate transloading facilities, and operations located within sensitive areas, such as national monuments and national parks.
Martin helps prepare environmental documents in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the state’s ever-changing greenhouse gas and climate change regulations.
He also defends the entitlements when challenged through litigation and, in addition to mining projects, has previously defended the entitlements for multiple Supercenters, several million square feet of warehouse and distribution space, and large residential projects.
Martin has trial experience, maintains an active appellate practice, and was selected as a 2019 Rising Star in Land Use & Zoning by Super Lawyers.
He has experience with: the Bureau of Land Management surface management regulations; California Fish and Game Code section 1602 Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements; Clean Water Act section 404 permitting and section 401 certifications; the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP); the federal and state Endangered Species Acts; the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA); the Mining in the Parks Act and its implementing regulations; the Mining Law of 1872; the National Park Service Organic Act; and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA).REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
- Drafted briefs in two CEQA actions and the subsequent appeals filed in opposition to a large residential development that was approved in 2015 through an environmental impact report that had been previously certified in the 1980s. (27 Cal.App.5th 771 (2018); 2017 WL 6274420).
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a large egg and poultry ranch in a complex, years-long environmental action in which the plaintiff sought significant damages as a result of the alleged contamination of organic farmlands. Drafted and argued a motion for summary judgment that was based on the Raw Supplier Doctrine, as adopted in Artiglio v. General Electric Co., 61 Cal.App.4th 830 (1998).
J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2012
B.A., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
State Bar of Nevada
U.S. District Court, Central District
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA)
California Lawyers Association, Environmental Law Section
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
- Super Lawyers 2019 Rising Star in Land Use & Zoning
- Environmental Law News: Protecting California's Disadvantaged Communities – An Examination of How the State's New Environmental Justice Laws May Affect the CEQA Entitlement Process
- The WLF Legal Pulse: California Appeals Court Upholds Legislative Workaround that Mooted CEQA Suit Targeting Development Project in Los Angeles
- Washington Legal Foundation: California Court Grants CEQA Defendant Discovery into Plaintiff-Group's Standing
- Environmental Law News: Environmental Law News: Coming Full Circle in the Fifth—Revisiting the Concept of 'Urban Decay' and its Increasingly Limited Role in CEQA
- Climate Change Law & Policy Reporter: California Court of Appeal Determines that EIR Prepared by SANDAG for Its 2050 Regional Transportation Plan Violated CEQA
- Sacramento Bar Association: State's new environmental justice legislation
- Sacramento Bar Association: New Environmental Justice Legislation
- CalCIMA: Mining Purposefully with the Promise and Peril of Environmental Justice
- California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) 2017 Education Conference
- California Polytechnic State University: The Role of Science in Civil Litigation and CEQA