Tamara S. Galanter

Tamara S. Galanter joined Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger LLP in 1989 and is a partner with the firm. She 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), solid waste management, conservation easements, subdivision and general plan law, public agency administration, and real estate transactions.

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Ms. Galanter serves as general and outside counsel to many land trusts, including The Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, and the Peninsula Open Space Trust, Sonoma Land Trust, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Tri-Valley Conservancy, and Eastern Sierra Land 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. She received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (“CLAY”) award in environmental law in 2020 for her work to preserve Coyote Valley, a critical wildlife linkage between the Santa Cruz and Diablo mountain ranges.

Ms. Galanter also works with a number of public agencies to create, implement, and defend policies that promote sensible land use and protect the environment. She was general counsel to the Alameda County Waste Management Authority (StopWaste.Org) for several years and continues to represent the agency on solid waste and recycling issues, including in negotiations with the waste industry to ensure accurate reporting and payment of fees, and in updates to and litigation defending its Countywide Integrated Waste Management Plan.

Ms. Galanter represents the East Bay Regional Park District and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in legal actions, review of environmental documents, and real estate transactions to protect habitat in existing and future parklands. She 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.

Ms. Galanter organizes and chairs the Conservation Law Forum for the California Council of Land Trusts (CCLT) and is on the Land Trust Alliance Conservation Defense Advisory Council. She speaks on environmental and land use law for continuing education of the Bar conferences and speaks on land conservation law at Land Trust Alliance conferences (Rally) and CCLT conferences.

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.