Press Release: Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP Celebrates 40 Years of Serving the Public Interest
Law firm specializes in government, land use, renewable energy and environmental law; 40th Anniversary website launched.
San Francisco, Calif. – The law firm Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP is celebrating 40 years of service as one of the nation’s preeminent progressive public interest law firms. Since 1980, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberg LLP has specialized in government, land use, renewable energy and environmental law. The firm has a forward-looking practice and has navigated some of the most important legal challenges of the 21st century on behalf of public agencies, non-profits, Indian tribes and community groups.
The firm was founded by three former members of the California State Attorney General’s office. Their first case culminated in a unanimous decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in Agins v. Tiburon, 447 U.S. 255 (1980), which upheld the ability of cities and counties to protect open space. Since that time, the firm’s attorneys have achieved an exceptional record of victories in the U.S. and California Supreme Courts, in lower federal and state courts, and before a wide range of state and federal administrative agencies. Outside of court, they have brought their clients success in a variety of complex, and often highly controversial, matters.
“We founded Shute Mihaly & Weinberger in 1980 with the explicit purpose of working with public agencies, environmental organizations and community groups to bring creative solutions to contentious issues,” said E. Clement Shute, Jr., one of the founding partners of the firm. Forty years later, the firm remains committed to providing outstanding legal counsel to a wide range of clients.
Shute, Mihaly & Weinberg’s thirty-plus attorneys and in-house land use planners bring a broad range of expertise to a variety of practice areas, including Environmental Law, Municipal & Public Agency Law, Clean Energy Law, Local Ballot Measures, Tribal Law, and Litigation & Appeals.
“Recent years have seen a lot of growth in our practice in the fields of clean energy and environmental justice,” said Richard Taylor, the firm’s Managing Partner. “Everything we do is rooted in our values of advocating for the public interest, protecting people and the environment, and providing top-quality service to our clients.”
Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger is majority women-owned, strives for a diverse workplace, and is certified as both a green business and a small business enterprise. The firm’s attorneys have won ten prestigious “California Lawyer Attorney of the Year” (CLAY) Awards, including three in 2020. Firm lawyers are also a regular presence on the Northern California list of Super Lawyers, including three who have been on the list for more than a decade, two others for almost a decade and three named as “Rising Stars.” A sampling of other recognitions include a “Top Woman Lawyer” listing and a “Top 20 under 40” listing from The Daily Journal; an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) “Energy Hero” designation; a “Lean and Green” listing from California Lawyer; and two “Best Lawyers in America” recognitions.
As part of its commitment to providing full-service representation to their clients, the firm also has urban planners on staff who work hand-in-hand with attorneys to efficiently address the full range of land use and environmental issues. The firm serves as the city attorney and general counsel for several cities and local government entities in California.
Each year, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger hires exceptional law school graduates who are committed to working in the public interest. The firm offers three-year fellowships and employs current law students as law clerks. The firm’s new website provides details on their Practice Areas and their attorneys, land use planners, and staff; a blog featuring past cases, current news, accomplishments, and pointers for public agencies; and information for law school graduates interested in applying for clerkships and fellowships.
Learn more at www.smwlaw.com.