You’ll find elite law schools, international law firms, prestigious clerkships, and massive land use projects on our resumes. We’re much more than that.
Your partners on the path to land use entitlement.
Andrew C. Bell
An accomplished, earnest, and direct lawyer who sees the law as a means to an end, not an end in itself.
Andrew Bell advises clients on the permitting of large-scale energy and real estate development projects on private lands in California and on federal public lands across the western United States. He represents some of America’s largest private and publicly traded corporations before local, state and federal regulatory agencies on a daily basis, from Washington D.C. down to city councils.
Andrew’s practice focuses on environmental impact review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), permitting under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and California’s planning and zoning laws, incidental take authorizations under the Endangered Species Act, and compliance with other related federal and California natural resources laws.
Before founding his own firm, Andrew was a Partner at the law firms of Downey Brand LLP and Marten Law PLLC.
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Zachary A. Kearns
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.
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Alexa M. Shasteen
Advising clients on permitting renewable energy projects located on private and federal public lands in California and throughout the western United States.
She counsels clients on regulatory compliance under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and other federal, state, and local land use laws.
Alexa is also experienced in working with contaminated properties, including litigating cost recovery actions, conducting environmental due diligence for real estate transactions, and drafting prospective purchaser agreements and environmental indemnity agreements.
Alexa started her career as a legislative aide in Nebraska’s nonpartisan unicameral legislature. With no official parties, caucuses, or whips, it was up to every member and their staff to chart their own course with the meager resources afforded a part-time legislature amid a devastating recession. And chart her course she did, through law school at Harvard to clerkships for Alaska Supreme Court Justice Joel Bolger and for Chief Judge William Jay Riley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. After completing her clerkships, Alexa practiced at Gordon & Polscer, LLC and Marten Law LLP before joining BK.
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Reed J. McCalib
Combining skilled advocacy, industry focus, and a passion for the environment in service of sustainable development and a responsible transition to a clean energy future.
Reed McCalib advises clients on land use and natural resources regulatory compliance under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and other federal, state, and environmental regulations. Reed has represented renewable energy companies and other organizations in proceedings before the California Energy Commission and in permitting negotiations with regulatory agencies at every level.
Reed also has experience litigating federal contamination and emissions cases under CERCLA and the CAA, advising companies on EPA and CARB vehicle emissions standards, and conducting environmental due diligence in the context of national and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining BK, Reed practiced at the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP in Chicago, Illinois.
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