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

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Donovan C. Collier

Donovan Collier is a director in our San Bernardino office where he has extensive experience counseling clients to ensure compliance with complex federal and state environmental laws and regulations. This includes the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Federal and California Endangered Species Acts, Clean Water Act, and Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act. Donovan has acted as lead entitlement counsel for numerous complex and controversial land use projects, successfully appearing before local agencies throughout Southern California.

He takes great pride in assisting clients with assessing, developing, and implementing strategies for land use and regulatory compliance, including counsel on legislative and administrative land use approvals, such as development of impacted properties, development agreements, tentative maps and subdivision map issues, zoning, general plan amendments, specific plans, traffic and transportation issues, and conditional use permits and variances.

During his distinguished career, Donovan has represented national and multi-national clients in obtaining local land use entitlements for the development of large commercial developments. His experience enables him to provide effective guidance and management of the entitlement process to ensure the entitlements obtained are legally defensible. He has successfully guided clients through the permitting of development projects involving water rights, wetlands, waste materials, species protection, the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act, and other environmental matters, including CEQA/NEPA document review and project entitlement.

Donovan represents clients in federal land issues, including mine permitting and reclamation, federal land exchanges, environmental compliance issues, and other natural resource and environmental matters.  His practice also involves outdoor advertising law matters including local and state permitting under the California Outdoor Advertising Act and associated Caltrans regulations.

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law
  • B.S., California State University, San Bernardino

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Our real estate practice is one of the largest in the American West, including Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada with expertise in all aspects of the real estate development process, from due diligence, acquisition and finance, through land use permitting and entitlements, to leasing and sale.

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.

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

OTHER EXPERIENCE

  • Land Use

Representative Matter

  • Mining Counsel for Mitsubishi Cement South Quarry Expansion Project

Articles and Presentations

  • Reporter, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Newsletter

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Member, CalCIMA Legal Action Committee
  • Member, The State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section
  • Member, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Member, SOAR Charter Academy Board of Directors

Admissions

  • California