Approaching natural resource and land use legal issues with a litigator’s eye—and tenacity—and a deep commitment to renewable energy.
Zak Kearns advises renewable energy companies, real estate developers, and other businesses on land use and environmental permitting matters. Informed by his broad litigation experience, he helps project proponents craft legal strategies and environmental impact disclosure documents that will not just survive legal challenges, but deter them.
Zak’s practice centers around the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Endangered Species Act, and other federal, state, and local environmental and land use laws.
In addition to orienteering clients through the legal thickets of land use law, Zak has also successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts in a variety of environmental and commercial disputes.
Prior to joining Bell Kearns, Zak practiced at the boutique law firms of Marten Law PLLC and Larkins Vacura Kayser LLP in Portland, Oregon. He has been recognized as an Oregon Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2018.