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Buck B. Endemann

Partner
+1.415.882.8016
Fax +1.415.882.8220

Buck Endemann is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office, where he is a member of the power practice group. He provides comprehensive counseling on energy, infrastructure and remediation projects, including advice on air, water and waste compliance issues, and represents clients in related litigation.

Mr. Endemann has extensive experience on the commercial, land use, and regulatory aspects of renewable energy and infrastructure projects throughout the Western United States, with an emphasis on California. He has a particular expertise before the California Public Utilities Commission and counsels clients on California Independent System Operator (CAISO) issues.  Mr. Endemann is also well-versed in the primary federal and state environmental, water, and species laws, including, CERCLA, RCRA, NEPA, CEQA, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Protection Act, and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Mr. Endemann has also counseled clients in proceedings before the Los Angeles Department of Water Resources and Water Replenishment District of Southern California.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Endemann was an associate in the environmental and energy practice in the San Francisco office of an international law firm. He also worked in in the environment, land and resources department in the San Diego office of an international law firm. From 2007-2008, Mr. Endemann was a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of California.

Achievements

  • Award of Merit, Bar Association of San Francisco (November 2016)
  • Super Lawyers, Environmental and Energy (2014-2016)
  • Rising Star Recent Alumni Award, University of San Diego School of Law (November 2014)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Director, Alumni Board, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Member, Young Professionals in Energy, San Francisco Chapter
  • Past President and Board Chair, KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy (2009-2013)

Additional Information

  • Lecturer, Environmental Law Clinic, University of San Diego School of Law (2010-2012)

Energy and Infrastructure Project Experience

  • Represented California utility in adversarial proceeding before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in connection with a project opponent's request to underground a 500 kV transmission line.
  • Counseled private equity firm with combined-cycle and energy storage assets on compliance with CPUC and CAISO flexible capacity and flexible resource adequacy requirements.
  • Counseled cogeneration facility in negotiations among the transmission provider, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), and electrical and steam offtaker for a creative behind-the-meter energy deal.
  • Represented California utility before the CPUC on water, endangered species, and nesting bird impacts during construction phase of a high-voltage transmission line.
  • Counseled energy storage developer on interconnection procedures for integrating advanced energy storage solutions into PG&E and CAISO grids.
  • Represented California utility before the CPUC on siting, permitting, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance for various substation projects.
  • Counseled landfill gas provider on compliance issues with California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
  • Counseled solar developer in connection with CEQA and Endangered Species Act (desert tortoise) litigation challenges to a 250 MW and a 300 MW utility-scale solar project in Southern California.
  • Counseled wind developer in negotiations with the Bureau of Land Management for the issuance of the first-ever take permit for the California Condor for a 318 MW wind project in Kern County, California.
  • Represented California utility in federal litigation brought by Core Transport Agents (i.e., third-party providers of natural gas) challenging CPUC-approved billing tariffs.
  • Represented 1,000 MW combined-cycle power generator in multi-million dollar dispute over water supply contract.
  • Represented lender in $845 million financing of a 620 MW combined-cycle power plant that received the first-ever federal air permit with a voluntary limit on greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Represented lender in portfolio financing for the acquisition of wind assets in Colorado, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York.
  • Represented lender in diligence of land use and environmental issues associated with financing a 50 MW geothermal plant near the Salton Sea.
  • Represented desalination plant developer in connection with various CEQA challenges arising from plant’s co-location with existing once-through-cooling power plant.

Environmental and Brownfields Experience

  • Represented chemical company in all aspects related to cleanup of its former manufacturing facility in Torrance, California, the Montrose Superfund Site. Negotiated easements with private parties and franchises with the City and County of Los Angeles to implement an extensive groundwater treatment system required by a U.S. EPA consent decree.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in class-action and cost-recovery litigation arising out of historical operations at its former research and development facility in northern New Jersey.
  • Counseled property developer on CEQA and hazardous waste issues in connection with redeveloping former Bay-area landfill to a $6.5 billion mixed-use project, including obtaining approval from the City of Santa Clara.
  • Counseled biomedical company on hazardous waste and storage tank compliance issues arising from the buildout of new lab space in South San Francisco.
  • Counseled agricultural client on Clean Water Act permitting issues associated with disposal of brine waste into San Francisco Bay Area receiving waterbody.
  • Represented clients before Department of Water Resources for purchase and sale of water rights in Los Angeles to facilitate dairy and remediation projects.
  • Counseled real estate investment trust on hazardous waste and asbestos issues related to nationwide acquisitions of hotel and other leisure properties.
  • Represented developer in negotiations with California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to amend an existing Remedial Action Plan and develop a mixed-use property with residential elements in Carson, California.
  • Counseled technology company on remediation issues associated with prior industrial use at its Los Angeles, California headquarters.
  • Negotiated conservation easements for the protection of hundreds of acres of wildlands in the Truckee-Donner region of Northern California.
  • Counseled client on California-specific RCRA limitations on beneficial reuse of spent sandblast grit.