Miller Starr Regalia Associate Travis Brooks to speak at the 2021 California Water Law & Policy MCLE Conference (Virtual) at 1:15 PM on Monday, April 19, 2021.
Travis is an associate with Miller Starr Regalia. He represents private and public entity clients in a wide range of land use and environmental matters throughout the state of California.
Prior to joining MSR, Travis gained substantial experience as an attorney at Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford and Johnson where he advised clients in the areas of land use, mining and environmental law. Travis also has significant experience related to school site development, construction law, and public bidding and contracting.
Before becoming an attorney, Travis clerked with the California Assembly Committee on the Judiciary and worked on political campaigns in Colorado, New York, and Washington D.C.
Travis is licensed to practice in California and New York.
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (2011)
- Order of the Coif
- Traynor Honor Society
- Dean’s List, 2009, 2010, 2011
- Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Foreign Investment and Development Law
B.A., Colorado College, Political Science (2006)
Contra Costa County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Urban Land Institute
Awards & Recognition
Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star (2017-2020)
“Navigating Land Use Permitting During A Pandemic,” California Lawyers Association (CLA) Real Property Law E-Bulletin, July 15, 2020 (co-author)
U.S. Supreme Court Issues County of Maui Decision—Finds ‘Functionally Equivalent’ Test Guides the Inquiry Whether an NPDES Permit is Required for Groundwater Point Sources that Link to Waters of the U.S., California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, June 2020, Volume 29, Number 9
The Slow March of Progress – Despite Failing to Secure Sweeping Housing Legislation, the Enactment of SB 330 in Newsom’s Frist Year is an Important Step Forward, California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, March 2020, Volume 29, Number 6
Unwinding the “Preclusion Trap” – Knick v. Township of Scott Upends Thirty Years of Federal Takings Precedent. Miller & Starr Real Estate Newsalert, November 2019, Vol. 30, Issue 2
“Towards Promises Unfulfilled: Applying Sixteen Years of Trade and Environmental Lessons to the Pending U.S. - Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement,” 23 PAC. MCGEORGE GLOBAL BUS. & DEV. L.J. 339 (2011)
Speeches & Presentations
“The Water/Land Use Connection Updates: CEQA Update: Yes, Water Practitioners Need To Know This,” Argent Communications Group 2021 California Water Law & Policy Conference, Virtual, April 19, 2021 (Co-panelist)
“State of the Art in Housing and Land Use Law in California,” Contra Costa County Bar Association’s 2020 MCLE Spectacular, Virtual, November 20, 2020 (Co-panelist)
Travis has given presentations related to school site development, the Brown Act, and litigation.
Miller Starr Regalia attorneys Bryan W. Wenter, AICP and Travis Brooks to present “State of the Art in Housing and Land Use Law in California” from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. (PST) on Friday, November 20, 2020 at the Contra Costa County Bar Association's 26th Annual MCLE Spectacular, which is being held (virtually) November 18-20, 2020.
California Supreme Court Rejects All-Or-Nothing Classification Of Permit Decisions, Holding That Whether CEQA Triggering Discretion Exists Must Be Determined On A Case-By-Case Basis
In an August 27,2020 opinion, the California Supreme Court provided important guidance to local agencies regarding the classification of permit decisions based on ordinances that include both ministerial and discretionary components.
California Lawyers Association (CLA) Real Property Law E-Bulletin article: “Navigating Land Use Permitting During A Pandemic”
As of the date of this article, we are in week 18 of the shelter-in-place (SIP) order first issued by the State of California Public Health Officer on March 18. In the early days of the pandemic, land use development immediately saw construction halted, planning departments shut down, and permit processing paused. We saw wide disparities among jurisdictions throughout California as to the strictness of SIP orders, restrictions on active construction projects, and the availability of online permit processing tools. Below is a summary of some of the specific challenges attributable to the SIP orders in the areas of construction, due diligence, and land use permitting, as well as updates on how things have evolved over the past four months.