Joseph D. "Seph" Petta

Mr. Petta joined the firm in 2012 and is an associate with the firm. Mr. Petta’s practice focuses on representation of environmental groups and public agencies in CEQA and NEPA litigation and municipal, real estate and land use law.

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In non-litigation matters, Mr. Petta regularly advises public agencies and environmental groups on complex legal issues, including conservation easement drafting and enforcement, facilities district formation, and land assembly and entitlement processes. His work also includes representing clients in proceedings before state public utility commissions.

Mr. Petta graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he earned a certificate in environmental law and served as an articles editor for Ecology Law Quarterly. Mr. Petta worked at Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger as a term law clerk in 2011 and he interned for the Natural Resources Defense Council during the summer of 2011. He has updated the Exactions chapter of the CEB Land Use treatise annually since 2013 and is an author for the California Bar Environmental Law Section’s Environmental Law Update.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Petta worked for several years at the University of California Office of the President, where he coordinated efforts to establish and maintain partnerships between the university system and high school and community college counselors. He also worked as a researcher for the Apollo Alliance, a national “clean energy, good jobs” advocacy group. He graduated in 2002 from Georgetown University with a degree in English.

Mr. Petta is a member of the Bars of the State of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.