Tamara S. Galanterlast updated: August 2013
Tamara S. Galanter counsels and litigates on behalf of public entities, land trusts, community groups and environmental organizations concerning environmental and land use matters, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), conservation easements, subdivision and general plan law, public agency administration, and real estate transactions.
Ms. Galanter works with a number of public agencies to create, implement and defend policies that promote sensible land use and protect the environment. Ms. Galanter also represents numerous community and environmental groups in successful challenges to inappropriate, environmentally damaging development projects, such as subdivisions on ridgelines and development on open space and agricultural lands. As lead counsel in the CEQA case Save Round Valley Alliance v. County of Inyo (2007), Ms. Galanter successfully challenged the approval of a subdivision at the base of Mt. Whitney. Representing Foresthill Residents for Responsible Growth and Friends of the North Fork in CEQA litigation, she negotiated a groundbreaking settlement that prevented scattered residential development in sensitive rural and forest land and provided for economic revitalization, wildfire prevention, and protection of the American River.
Ms. Galanter serves as general and outside counsel to many land trusts, including the Tri-Valley Conservancy, the Peninsula Open Space Trust, The Nature Conservancy, the Sonoma Land Trust and the San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust. She has worked with these and other organizations to draft, negotiate, and enforce conservation easements and to preserve and restore open space, farmland, parkland, and habitat for rare and endangered species.
Ms. Galanter is a contributor to Matthew Bender’s California Environmental Law Reporter regarding developments in land use and environmental law. She speaks on environmental and land use law for continuing education of the Bar conferences and at workshops for community activists, including two Planning and Conservation League conferences, the University Extension Advanced CEQA Seminar, and the State Bar Environmental Law Section Roundtable Conference.
Ms. Galanter received her law degree from Yale Law School and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of the Bars of the State of California and several federal courts.

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Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger LLP
396 Hayes Street
San Francisco, California  94102
Phone: (415) 552-7272
Fax: (415) 552-5816


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