Linda C. Klein



With a focus on land development in California, Linda advises clients at all stages of project development on private and federal land. She guides clients through the local, state, and federal permitting and entitlement process. She also counsels clients with ongoing land use and natural resources compliance needs and defends clients whose land use entitlements have been challenged in court.

Architectural And Civil Engineering Background

Before law school, Linda was an architectural designer with a focus on hospitality and institutional projects. She also taught architectural design, history, and structures at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to earning her architectural degree, Linda earned a civil engineering degree and after graduation worked as a professor's assistant in the Environmental Engineering Department at Rutgers University and as a construction inspector.

Prior Legal Experience

Linda clerked for the Honorable Sandra S. Ikuta of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. After her clerkship, Linda was a litigation associate at Irell & Manella, LLP.


Litigation Experience

Defeated a CEQA challenge to development in Orange County, which resulted in a published opinion, Silverado Modjeska Recreation and Parks District v. County of Orange, 197 Cal.App.4th 282 (2011).

Defeated CEQA challenges to various types of projects, including infill projects, affordable housing projects, commercial projects, and gaming facilities.

Successfully defended a challenge to a trial court's attorneys' fee decision in a CEQA case concerning a hospital in Sonoma County.

Provided critical research to support the State's successful argument in a case concerning the interpretation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), resulting in a published decision, California Department of Toxic Substances v. Hearthside Residential Corp., 613 F.3d 910 (9th Cir. 2010).

Land Use Entitlement Experience

Advise private schools on continuing land use compliance issues.

Advise utility companies on continuing natural resources and CEQA compliance issues.

Advise developers of commercial, residential, educational, and hospital projects in the Bay Area on entitlement strategies and CEQA compliance.

Publications &
Speaking Engagements


The Ninth Circuit’s Dicta on Dictum, Century City Lawyer, February 2011

Awards &

Awards & Recognition

  • Northern California Rising Star, 2013-2016
  • Northern California Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys, 2016

Professional Affiliations

  • California Association of Environmental Professionals, Member


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Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2009, Order of the Coif
  • M.Arch., Yale School of Architecture, 2001
  • B.S., Rice University, 1998, magna cum laude
  • B.A., Rice University, 1996, magna cum laude