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Arthur F. Coon

Shareholder, Walnut Creek
Tel: 925.935.9400
Email: arthur.coon@msrlegal.com

Arthur F. Coon

Shareholder, Walnut Creek

Tel: 925.935.9400
Email:

EXPERIENCE
As the Co-Chair of Miller Starr Regalia’s Land Use Practice Group and Chair of its Appellate Practice Group, Art Coon guides clients through a broad range of real property, land use and environmental matters.

Art has distinguished himself as a litigator at the trial and appellate levels of both federal and state courts, including an appearance as counsel of record before the U.S. Supreme Court. His areas of expertise include land use, environmental law, the law of public agencies, extraordinary writs, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Art also counsels and advocates for clients who have matters in front of administrative bodies.

EDUCATION
J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law (1986)

  • Order of the Coif
  • Editor, UC Davis Law Review
  • Trial Practice Honors Board
  • American Jurisprudence Awards Recipient

B.A., University of Southern California (1982)

ASSOCIATIONS

  • Bay Area Economic Forum's CEQA Work Group – Former Member
  • Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) – Legislative and Policy Committee Member
  • California Land Use Law and Policy Reporter, Argent Communications – Former Editor, Current Advisory Board Member
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • Sustainable Walnut Creek – Founding Member
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Northern California Chapter, Diablo East Bay Branch – Founding Member, Former Vice Chair

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Tresch, et al. v. County of Sonoma Agricultural Preservation, et al. (John Barella, et al., Real Parties       in Interest ), SCV-249021 (Sonoma Superior Ct., filed Jan. 26, 2011); (1st Dist. Ct. App., Case No. A133472)
  • Citizen’s Advocating for Roblar Rural Quality v. County of Sonoma, et al. (John Barella, et al., Real Parties in Interest), SCV-248943 (Sonoma Superior Ct., filed Jan. 13, 2011); Appellate Case No. A136877) (1st Dist. Cal.App.)
  • The Sierra Club v. Board of Supervisors of County of Napa, et al. (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 162
  • Napa Citizens for Honest Govt., et al. v. Napa County Board of Supervisors (2001) 91 Cal.App.4th 432
  • Borden Ranch Partnership and Tsakopoulous v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, et al., 261 F.3d 810 (9th Cir. 2001); U.S. Supreme Court, Case No. 01-1243
  • Mervyn’s v. Reyes (1998) 69 Cal.App.4th 93
  • San Diego Gas & Electric v. Superior Court (1996) 13 Cal.4th 893

PUBLICATIONS
Legal Periodicals

  • “CEQA-in-Reverse’ Case Could Expand Reach of Environmental- Impact Law,” The Recorder, February 10, 2014 (co-authored with Matthew C. Henderson)
  • “Reform of CEQA is Incremental, but Thoughtful,” Contra Costa Times and Tri-Valley Herald, September 2013 (co-authored with Matthew C. Henderson)
  • “Are Courts Actively Limiting CEQA’s Scope In The Absence Of Meaningful Legislation Reform?,” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate Newsalert, Vol. 23, No. 3, January 2013
  • “A Matter of Discretion? The Court of Appeal Construes the Map Act’s Lot Line Adjustment Exclusion to Authorize a Ministerial Local Agency Approval Process and to Allow Sequential Adjustments of Lots,” California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, Vol. 21, No. 11, September 2012 (co-authored with Matthew C. Henderson)
  • "Local Matter or Federal Case? The Network of Cell Tower Regulation in California," Miller & Starr, California Real Estate Newsalert, Vol. 21, No. 6, July 2011 (co-authored with Sean R. Marciniak)
  • "Back to Basics: Setting the Environmental Baseline Under the California Environmental Quality Act," California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, February 2011 (co-authored with Sean R. Marciniak)
  • “When Environmental Review Under the California Environmental Quality Act Becomes ‘Groundhog Day’: What’s A Frustrated Developer To Do?” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate Newsalert, Vol. 20, No. 5, May 2010 (co-authored with Carolyn Nelson Rowan)
  • “Creditors’ Rights Affected by Bankruptcy Judge,” org Industry News, January 19, 2010
  • “Examining SB 375’s Landmark Regional Land Use Planning Scheme: Is The Sacred Cow of Local Land Use Control Now Roadkill?” Argent Communications Group California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, 18, No. 2, November 2008
  • “When Inconvenient Truths Displace Popular Fictions: What Proposed SB 375 and The California Legislation Addressing Climate Change Reveal About Local Land Use Planning and Control,” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate Newsalert, 18, No. 4, March 2008
  • “Thinking Globally When Acting Locally: How Will CEQA Adapt to A Changing Environment?” California Real Property Journal 25, No. 2, 2007 (co-authored with Kristina D. Lawson)
  • “Thrice More Into The Breach: The Supreme Court Takes on Takings in Kelo, San Remo and Lingle.” Argent Communications Group California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, Vol. 14, No. 11, August/September 2005 (co-authored with Ethan K. Friedman)
  • “A New Era: Punitive Damages Reined In By The United States Constitution,” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate Newsalert, 15, No. 1, September 2004 (co-authored with Edmund L. Regalia)
  • “Of Hidden Treasure and ‘Fool’s Gold’: The California Supreme Court Holds Ancient ‘Subdivision’ Maps Do Not Create Legal Lots,” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate Newsalert, 13, No. 5, May 2003 (co-authored with Douglas M. Smith)
  • “Is Plowing A Point Source Discharge Of Pollutants? The Aftermath Of Borden Ranch,” American Bar Association’s Natural Resources & Environment Journal, Summer 2003
  • “Compensation For Regulatory Taking Of Property: How Far Can A Regulation Go Before It Goes ‘Too Far’?” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate Newsalert, 13, No. 1, September 2002 (co-authored with Edmund L. Regalia)
  • “Planning Agencies’ Newest Hobgoblin: The Napa Citizens Case Shifts General Plan Vertical Consistency Analysis From ‘Clear Conflict’ To Adequate ‘Implementation’,” Argent Communications Group California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, 11, No. 4, December 2001
  • “Everybody out of the (Vernal) Pool!? The Army Corps’ Jurisdiction Over Isolated Intrastate Waters Dries Up as the U.S. Supreme Court Shoots Down the ‘Migratory Bird Rule’,” Argent Communications Group California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, 10, No. 7, March 2001 (revised and reprinted in Argent Communications Group Western Water Law & Policy Reporter, Vol. 5, No. 7, May 2001)
  • “Legal Standards for Local Agency Review of Lot-Line Adjustments (Part 2): Lot Line Adjustments Across Intervening Fees,” Argent Communications Group California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, 7, No. 5, January 1998 (co-authored with Alan Seltzer and Wilson Wendt)
  • “Legal Standards for Local Agency Review of Lot-Line Adjustments,” Argent Communications Group California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, 7, No. 4, December 1997 (co-authored with Alan Seltzer and Wilson Wendt)
  • “Standing is a Two-Way Street: The U.S. Supreme Court Upholds the Rights of Parties Economically Damaged by Overregulation to Sue Under the Federal Endangered Species Act,” Argent Communications Group California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, Vol. 7, No. 1, September 1997
  • “What You Can't See Can’t Hurt You - Or Can It? The California Supreme Court Holds That Landowners Must Bear Losses in Property Value Caused by ‘Intangible’ EMF Intrusions,” California Environmental Law Reporter, 1996, No. 10, October 1996
  • “Case Comment: San Diego Gas & Electric Co. v. Superior Court (Covalt),” CEB Real Property Law Reporter, 19, No. 7, October 1996

Law Reviews

  • “Dead or Revived? An Examination of California Revivor Law’s Terminal Void In The Corporate Existence,” Pacific Law Journal, Vol. 24, No. 1, 1992
  • “The Federal Rules in State Courts: A Survey of State Court Systems of Civil Procedure,” Washington Law Review, Vol. 61, 1986 (co-authored with Professor John B. Oakley)

Articles

  • “New GHG Order Creates Uncertainty for CRE,” com, May 14, 2015
  • “As Climate Continues To Change, So Does CEQA,” Law360, May 14, 2015 (Originally published as “Executive Order B-30-15 And CEQA GHG Analysis: Evolving Uncertainty At The Intersection Of Law, Policy And Science,” Miller Starr Regalia CEQA Developments blog, May 5, 2015)
  • “Supreme Court Reins in CEQA,” The Registry, March 23, 2015
  • “Chaos in California’s Environmental Planning?” U-T San Diego, January 28, 2015
  • “California Supreme Court Divided In Key CEQA Case,” Law360, December 5, 2014.
  • "CEQA exemptions on trial at high court," Daily Journal, December 1, 2014
  • ‘CEQA-in-reverse’ case could expand reach of environmental-impact law,” The Recorder, February 10, 2014 (co-authored with Matthew C. Henderson)
  • "Reform of CEQA is Incremental, but Thoughtful," Contra Costa Times and Tri-Valley Herald, September 2013 (co-authored with Matthew C. Henderson)
  • “Climate Change Impacts of Development Projects,” BUILDERnews Magazine, July 2007 (co-authored with Kristina D. Lawson)
  • “Important Accrual - Subsequent Owners May Not Have Standing to Sue for Defects,” San Francisco Daily Journal and Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 7, 2000 (co-authored with Douglas Smith and W. Scott Shepard)
  • “Liquid Measure - Groundwater Not Owned by State for Purposes of Policy Exclusion,” San Francisco Daily Journal and Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 4, 2000 (co-authored with Douglas Smith)
  • “Separate and Unequal: ‘Serrano’ Played an Important Role in Development of School-District Policy,” San Francisco Daily Journal and Los Angeles Daily Journal, December 2, 1999 (co-authored with Scott Sommer)

Blog

Books

  • Chapters 25A, “California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA),” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 3d, 2014 (revised and rewritten)
  • Chapter 25, “Subdivisions, Land Use Planning, and Approvals,” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 3d, 2007 (revised and rewritten)
  • Chapter 25, “Subdivisions,” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 3d, 2001 (co-authored with Harry D. Miller)
  • Chapter 30B, “Community Redevelopment,” Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 3d, 2004 (co-authored with Basil S. Shiber)
  • From Here To Attorney: The Ultimate Guide to Excelling in Law School and Launching Your Legal Career, 1993 (co-authored with J. Robert Arnett III and Michael Di Geronimo)

News / Media

  • “Traffic-Congestion Ruling Could Benefit Developers,” GlobeSt.com, By Carrie Rossenfeld, August 14, 2015
  • “State High Court Sides with San Diego in CEQA Suit Against University,” Daily Journal, By Deirdre Newman, August 4, 2015
  • “What to Know About Coastal Projects,” com, By Carrie Rossenfeld, June 8, 2015
  • “Calif. High Court’s CEQA Ruling Won’t End Project Disputes,” Law360, By Andrew McIntyre, March 2, 2015
  • “Calif. Supreme Court Urged To Reinforce CEQA Exemptions,” Law360, By Daniel Siegal, December 23, 2014
  • “Wal-Mart Ruling Opens New Road To Calif. Developers,” Law 360, By Jonathan Randles, August 8, 2014
  • “California Lawmakers To Take On Minimum Wage, CEQA Bills,” Law360, By Erin Coe, August 5, 2013
  • "Proposed Landmark Law Reform Light on Details, Less Sweeping," The Daily Journal, By Fiona Smith, February 26, 2013
  • “California High Court Could Play Major Role In CEQA Reform,” Law360, By Erin Coe, March 07, 2013

SPEECHES & PRESENTATIONS

  • “CEQA Guidelines Update and SB 743—it’s Not Just About Vehicle Miles Traveled,” Argent Communications Group’s California Land Use Law & Policy Conference, March 9, 2015 (co-presenter)
  • Miller Starr Regalia's Land Use Program
  • “CEQA Update – Supreme Court and Hot Topics for Review,” Bay Planning Coalition Program, 2013 and 2014
  • “A Practical Guide to Extraordinary Writs in the Court of Appeals,” The State Bar of California Litigation Subsection of the Real Property Law Section, October 20, 2014
  • McGeorge School of Law, Adjunct Professor - Land Use Planning, Spring 2002
  • “Annual Recent Developments in Real Property Law Practice,” Continuing Education of the Bar (Speaker / Panelist multiple years, Moderator in 2002)

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent Rated (2002 – 2015)
  • Super Lawyers Northern California (2006 - 2015)
  • Best Lawyers – Land Use & Zoning Law (2012 – 2016)
  • Best Lawyers – Oakland Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2014)
  • American Lawyer Media – “Top Rated Lawyer” for Land Use And Zoning, Energy Law, Environmental Law and Land Use Law