Society cannot exist without law. Law is the bond of society: that which makes it, that which preserves it and keeps it together. It is, in fact, the essence of civil society.

- Joseph P. Bradley

Brent McManigal

Brent McManigal is a director in our San Bernardino office who counsels clients through the numerous local, state, and federal laws related to project management, permitting, and environmental compliance, including compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Porter Cologne Act, and Endangered Species Act. He has experience in all aspects of commercial, industrial, residential, and waste management projects, including preliminary market and business analysis, contract negotiations, permitting, and public relations.

Brent has also assisted both public agencies and private businesses with public bidding and compliance with prevailing wage and public works requirements. He is experienced in working with state and federal agencies including the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the State Water Board, the Air Resources Board Department of Industrial Relations, and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.

In the past, Brent spent time as a city planner, as well as a key manager with one of the nation’s leading waste management companies. While in the waste management industry, he was involved in mergers and acquisitions, permitting, construction, and the start-up of a waste-to-energy facility, in addition to leading operations across several states. Through this work, Brent worked closely with and obtained permits through not only the United States Environmental Protection Agency, but also numerous states across the country and throughout California. Throughout his career, Brent has been involved in leading controversial and high-profile projects. With his extensive experience in local and regional planning, business management, regulatory compliance, and construction management, he is uniquely suited to assist clients in all aspects of business and development activities to successfully bring their projects to completion.


  • J.D., University of La Verne, College of Law
  • B.A., The Evergreen State College


Our regulatory attorneys have helped develop and define laws shaping our region for more than a century. We serve clients at all levels of state, county and municipal government as well as numerous federal agencies.

For More Than 137 Years – Helping Our Clients Realize Their Vision For Responsible Development In The American West

For More Than 137 Years – Helping Our Clients Realize Their Vision For Responsible Development In The American West

We have more than135 years of experience representing clients in minerals development.

We are the forward-thinking natural resources, energy and environmental law team that innovates to ensure industry and businesses successfully navigate the ever-changing regulatory climate.

Representative Matters

  • Liquor licensing of over 150 retail stores across California during the past six years. Focus on land use approvals, including compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, for large shopping centers, public contracting, protests against public contracts, prevailing wage law and groundwater sustainability.

Articles and Presentations

  • Author, “California Assembly Bill 52 – A Study in Frustration or a Legislative Success?”, California Land Use Reporter, November 2015
  • Author, “California Department of Water Resources Study Prepared by NASA shows Central Valley Land Dropping at a Faster Pace Due to Groundwater Pumping,” California Water Reporter, October 2015
  • Author, “One Billion Dollars in Emergency Funds for Drought Relief Approved by California Legislature and signed by Governor Brown,” California Water Reporter, May 2015


  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, American Bar Association


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