Dustin D. Peterson

Associate

Dustin Peterson is a results-oriented attorney that is focused on helping both private and public sector clients find creative and efficient solutions to navigating complex environmental and land use issues.

Dustin’s current practice focuses on land use and planning, and he is experienced in dealing with a variety of land use-related subjects and entitlements, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Housing Accountability Act (HAA), the Density Bonus Law, the Public Records Act, and the Subdivision Map Act. Using a strategic approach that utilizes his knowledge of both state and federal law, Dustin is passionate about helping clients resolve a wide range of environmental and land use issues.

While in law school, Dustin worked as a research assistant at the UC Davis School of Law for Professors Christopher Elmendorf and Darien Shanske, where he researched state preemption of charter cities, the HAA, and Community Facilities Districts. He also worked as a Teaching Assistant in a Legal Research/Writing course. Before law school, Dustin was a music teacher and a strings specialist at a public high school in Fresno, CA.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • California Lawyers Association, Environmental Law Section
  • UC Davis Environmental Law Society, 2018-2021

Honors & Rankings

  • King Hall Environmental Law Certificate, 2021
  • King Hall Public Service Law Program Certificate, 2021
  • Jun Aoki Book Award, 2021
  • Michael H. Remy Memorial Scholarship, 2020
  • Academic Excellence Award in Lawyering Process, 2019
  • Contributed to helping a volunteer hospice for the homeless navigate the entitlements process.
  • Assisted in drafting a request for publication, which was granted by the California Court of Appeal.
  • Assisted in environmental document review, drafting litigation materials, and coordinating with clients in CEQA litigation.
  • Assisted in conducting legal research for clients regarding the Housing Accountability Act and the Density Bonus law.
  • Assisted in compiling and tracking housing and CEQA legislation and judicial opinions.

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Dustin enjoys spending most of his free time with his wife and two young children, and he loves taking the family on road trips around California. He is also an avid collector of musical instruments (mostly guitars and amplifiers), and enjoys listening to vinyl records on his turntable.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • California Lawyers Association, Environmental Law Section
  • UC Davis Environmental Law Society, 2018-2021

Honors & Rankings

  • King Hall Environmental Law Certificate, 2021
  • King Hall Public Service Law Program Certificate, 2021
  • Jun Aoki Book Award, 2021
  • Michael H. Remy Memorial Scholarship, 2020
  • Academic Excellence Award in Lawyering Process, 2019