Winter King

Winter King joined Shute, Mihaly, & Weinberger in 2004 after completing a clerkship with the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. King is a partner at the firm, and represents public agencies, Indian tribes, and community groups in a wide range of environmental and land use issues. Her practice areas include CEQA, NEPA, federal Indian law, state general plan and zoning law, and the Subdivision Map Act.

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Ms. King routinely advises her clients on CEQA and land use matters, preparing comments on environmental documents, advising public agencies on state requirements, and challenging impactful development in court. She was part of a team at SMW that represented the City of Long Beach in City of Long Beach v. City of Los Angeles (2017) 19 Cal.App.5th 465, a CEQA action challenging the approval of a large new railyard immediately adjacent to the residential community of West Long Beach. Ms. King was also the lead attorney for Save Mount Diablo in a case brought to enforce the Subdivision Map Act in Contra Costa County. In a published decision, the First District Court of appeal ruled in favor of Save Mount Diablo, concluding that a large agricultural parcel had not been automatically subdivided when a local water district condemned land for a pipeline and road. Save Mount Diablo v. Contra Costa County (2015) 240 Cal.App.4th 1368.

Ms. King has also worked extensively with Indian tribes on environmental and land use matters. For more than ten years, she has represented the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) in its efforts to bring its tenants into compliance and remove squatters. More recently, she has represented CRIT in state and federal environmental challenges to utility-scale energy developments in the Mojave desert, which have significant impacts on the Tribes’ cultural resources.

Ms. King has published several articles on topics related to land use, environmental law, and federal Indian Law, and regularly speaks at conferences on these topics. See Bridging the Divide: Water Wheel’s New Tribal Jurisdiction Paradigm, Gonzaga Law Review (Spring 2012) (co-author); Smart Growth Meets the Neighbors, 34 Ecology Law Quarterly 1349 (2008) (book review); COHRE, Women, Slums and Urbanisation: Examining the Causes and Consequences (2008) (contributing author); Illegal Settlements and the Impact of Titling Programs, 44 Harv. Int’l L.J. 433 (2003). Ms. King received her law degree from Yale Law School in 2002, and her undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland in 1999.

Ms. King is a member of the Bars of the State of California, the State of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, CRIT Tribal Court, and various federal district courts. She has been named as a Northern California Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in Native American Law.