Linda C. Klein



Linda Klein’s practice focuses on land use and environmental law, with particular expertise in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). She advises clients on the regulatory hurdles facing development projects in California, with an emphasis on urban development and projects involving cultural resources.

Over the course of her career, Linda has worked on a diverse range of projects, including Netflix’s Los Gatos Headquarters, the Oak Knoll mixed-use project, the cleanup of historical contamination from a natural gas compressor station, and numerous independent and charter school projects. She also has helped the firm’s partners successfully litigate a number CEQA cases, including several that have resulted in published appellate decisions.

Before law school, Linda designed hospitality and institutional projects, and taught architectural design, history, and structures at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to earning her architectural degree, Linda studied civil engineering and art and art history.

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, 2013-2018
  • Northern California Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys, 2018

Professional Affiliations

  • California Association of Environmental Professionals, Member
  • Urban land Institute, Member and Active Participant in UrbanPlan
  • Environmental Section of the California State Bar Association, Member

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