The operation and expansion of airports frequently result in environmental problems such as elevated noise, air pollution and traffic. State, federal and local laws impose procedural and substantive safeguards that can provide important protections for airport neighbors. SMW has substantial experience in the enforcement of those laws as well as the complex technical issues relating to airports. We frequently represent local governments and community groups in this area. Examples of SMW’s work on airports include:

LA International Airport
  • Oakland Airport Expansion: SMW successfully challenged the adequacy of the EIR for the Airport Development Program for Oakland Airport (Berkeley Keep Jets Over the Bay Committee v. Board of Port Commissioners, 91 Cal.App.4th 1344 (2001)).
  • LAX Expansion: The firm successfully represented the City of El Segundo in its opposition to a major expansion of Los Angeles International Airport, negotiating a global settlement that will mitigate impacts to airport neighbors, limit expansion of LAX, and assist in the development of a long-term regional strategy to satisfy aviation demand through other airports in the Los Angeles area.
  • John Wayne Airport Restrictions: On behalf of the City of Newport Beach, SMW helped establish limits on the number of commercial departures and aircraft noise levels, a nighttime curfew, and restrictions on terminal size at John Wayne Airport, considered to be the most stringent set of restrictions on airport operations in the nation.