Natalie C. Kirkish

Natalie C. Kirkish

Associate

Natalie C. Kirkish

Associate

Natalie Kirkish has dedicated her career to environmental law and public service in order to solve complex environmental challenges for her private and public agency clients.

Natalie represents her clients in administrative hearings on land use issues involving local zoning codes, general plans, the Subdivision Map Act, the California Coastal Act, and CEQA. Her litigation practice focuses on federal, state, and local environmental laws, where she has proven success in litigating and settling complaints for declaratory and injunctive relief, writs of mandate, and appeals.

Natalie also expertly advises public agency clients on transactional matters. She serves as the general counsel for government agencies, including special districts. As counsel for these agencies, she renders legal advice on a range of issues including the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, public contracting, land use, elections, and employment issues. Her experience includes the representation of cities, an open space district, community services districts, a reclamation district, and a housing authority.

Experience

  • Natalie successfully represented a community group in a CEQA case before the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court and the Second District Court of Appeal, prevailing on issues related to transportation, noise, water use, and wastewater. 
  • In her representation of a non-profit association in litigation involving the Watsonville Municipal Airport under CEQA and the State Aeronautics Act, Natalie worked closely with the California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics to negotiate a settlement agreement with a school district.
  • In litigation on behalf of a non-profit association, Natalie successfully defended against a motion for summary judgment in a municipal finance case challenging inter-fund transfers between a city’s general fund and its airport enterprise fund.
  • Natalie assisted a public agency client in resolving ongoing violations of a conservation easement through a lawsuit filed against the encumbered estate by conducting document review, responding to and propounding discovery, and preparing trial documents, leading to a successful settlement agreement.
  • Natalie drafted and negotiated a permit agreement with a county on behalf of a community services district to permit the district to construct parks on community medians, navigating issues involving title and liability.  
  • Natalie represented landowners before their local planning commission, city council, and superior court in an action challenging a city’s decision to vacate a neighboring parcel containing in-use public utilities, resulting in the city rescinding its decision.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • California Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, 2014-present 
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 2018-present
  • Bay Area Legal Aid, Volunteer Attorney, 2014-2015

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