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), conservation easements, subdivision and general plan law, public agency administration, and real estate transactions.

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Ms. Galanter works with a number of public agencies to create, implement and defend policies that promote sensible land use and protect the environment. She 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 advises the Alameda County Waste Management Authority (StopWaste.Org) on solid waste and recycling issues, including the drafting and implementation of ordinances to reduce the use of single use bags and require recycling and composting.

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) 157 Cal.App.4th 1437, 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, Peninsula Open Space Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Sonoma Land Trust, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, 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.

Ms. Galanter organizes and chairs the Conservation Law Forum for the California Council of Land Trusts and is on the Land Trust Alliance Conservation Defense Advisory Council. She is a contributor to Matthew Bender’s California Environmental Law Reporter regarding developments in land use and environmental law. Ms. Galanter 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.