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Renée Louise Robin

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Biography

Renée Robin is a senior counsel in the Land Use and Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Groups of our San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on renewable energy law, environmental, land use, natural resources, and agriculture, representing private and public clients in permitting, development and transactional matters.

Most recently Renée was the director of permitting and senior counsel for a global solar energy development and manufacturing corporation where she directed its land use and environmental permitting operations, and provided in-house legal counsel services on a wide range of regulatory, land use, land management, environmental and natural resources matters for its utility & commercial business unit.  Renée's land use expertise includes real estate development, planning, zoning, and environmental impact assessment, environmental heath, waste management and related contract and regulatory matters. She represented national and regional solar trade associations to promote best practices, regulatory reform and legislative analysis for solar siting, permitting, endangered species mitigation and management.

Prior to her tenure there, Renée's private law practice included wind, solar, biofuels, agricultural, and real estate projects where she was responsible for local, state, and federal development entitlements, planning and zoning approvals, environmental assessment (CEQA and NEPA), coastal, wetlands and endangered species matters, as well as land conservation, agriculture preservation and water resources. Renée represents clients before federal, state and local agencies, including the US EPA, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish & Wildlife Service, California Coastal Commission, and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.  She is skilled in conflict resolution involving conservation and development conflicts.

In the agricultural arena, Renée has represented agricultural producers, processors and wholesalers in organic product certification, distribution, processing and labeling.  She has developed policy positions on agricultural regulations for organic farmers on issues of compliance, market orders and certification standards. She has also assisted agribusiness clients with renewable energy and related real estate and contractual matters. 

Renée served as legal counsel for the Coastal Zone Management Office of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.  She was also previously legal counsel and legislative director of the State Coastal Conservancy of the State of California, where she was responsible for developing strategy and legislation to provide revenue bond authority for urban waterfront restoration; prepared analyses for transferable development rights, formation of non-profit land trusts, technical assistance to land trusts and prepared conservation easements for natural resource and agricultural land protection.

Renée also has extensive experience in public policy as the Executive Director of the Program on Public Space Partnerships at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Projects ranged from regional land conservation and growth management issues, urban parks, tax and public finance, emphasizing public and private collaboration. She acted as California Director of the Children's Environmental Health Network and has been visiting faculty in land use and natural resources law at the University of California at Berkeley, College of Environmental Design. 

MEMBERSHIPS

  • California State Bar, Environmental Section
  • Large Scale Solar Association (LSA)
  • Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), Siting and Permitting Committee
  • American Wind Energy Association, Past Member
  • Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE), Past Member, Board of Directors

Education

Renée received her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She received her B.A. in political science from Brandeis University.

Bar Admissions

  • California