Jeffrey Dintzer, partner in Alston & Bird’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group, has been named one of California’s top lawyers by the Daily Journal for the second consecutive year.“Top 100 Lawyers 2020,” an exclusive supplement to the Daily Journal’s Los Angeles and San Francisco publications, honored Dintzer for his environmental litigation wins.
As highlighted by the publication, Dintzer successfully represented Aera Energy LLC, an oil and gas production company jointly owned by Shell Oil Co. and ExxonMobil and one of the state’s largest oil and natural gas producers, in a challenge that claimed the California Department of Conservation violated state law by authorizing Aera to drill more than 200 new wells in a local oil field without an environmental review. The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, and other plaintiffs alleged the state had insufficiently complied with the California Environmental Quality Act in issuing permits to Aera. Dintzer prevailed in the case in Kern County Superior Court and also on appeal.
Dintzer was also noted as lead counsel to construction services provider Five Point Holdings LLC, one of the defendants in a potential class action over the alleged failure by a remediation company to disclose the presence of radioactive substances at a former naval shipyard that is the site of San Francisco’s largest development project. Five Point has brought significant claims against the government and Tetra Tech, the Navy’s consultant, for negligent oversight of a consultant and fraud, respectively. Motions to dismiss Five Point claims are set to be heard in early 2021.
Dintzer has more than 30 years of experience representing companies in the energy, manufacturing, and defense industries in high-stakes administrative proceedings and civil litigation involving the environment, land use entitlements, and oil and gas. He has played a prominent role in precedent-setting cases for the oil and gas industry, including serving as lead trial counsel in a lawsuit against the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources challenging the agency’s regulation of hydraulic fracturing in California.
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