Elizabeth Sarine


Ms. Sarine joined the firm in 2012 as an associate. Her practice focuses on land use and environmental law, handling all phases of the land use entitlement and permitting processes, including administrative approvals and litigation. Ms. Sarine’s practice covers the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, the federal and state Endangered Species Act, and other relevant land use and environmental statutes.

Representative Matters:

  • Associate counsel representing Plumas County in litigation defending the County’s General Plan Update in trial court and the Third District Court of Appeal.
  • Associate counsel advising the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) in the preparation of an EIR studying statewide well stimulation activities pursuant to Senate Bill 4.
  • Associate counsel representing a developer (real party) in litigation defending San Francisco’s approval of a mixed-use residential project.
  • Associate counsel representing the Yuba County Water Agency in litigation challenging the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Biological Opinion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ operation and maintenance of two dams.

Originally from Taiwan, Ms. Sarine lived in Belize for four years before starting sixth grade in Shasta Lake City, California. Her favorite national park is Lassen Volcanic National Park, where she spent four summers as an interpretive park ranger and forestry aid technician. As a law student at Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall), Ms. Sarine received the Alvin and Sadie Landis Prize for her article, The Supreme Court’s Problematic Deference to Special Masters in Interstate Water Disputes (2012) 39 Ecology L.Q. 535. She is also the author of Regulating the Social Pollution of Systemic Discrimination Caused by Implicit Bias (2012) 100 Cal. L. Rev. 1359.

Representative Past and Current Clients:

  • Public Agencies: City of Folsom; Department of Conservation, DOGGR; High Speed Rail Authority; Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Agency; North Kern Water Storage District; Plumas County; Turlock Irrigation District; Yuba County Water Agency.
  • Private Sector Interests: Cross Development; Domus Development; D&S Development; HBT Mangini, Inc., Potrero Partners
  • Environmental and Citizen Organizations: Californians Against Waste.