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Robert M. Smith

Lead counsel representing approximately 70 shellfish companies in litigation concerning Tribal treaty fishing rights in U.S. v. Washington litigation, involving the adjudication of over 900 claims submitted by shellfish companies.
Representing aquaculture companies in enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Coastal Commission, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Representing aquaculture and seafood processing facilities in obtaining NPDES permits and Clean Water Act compliance.
Advising port districts concerning potential expansion of aquaculture in their districts.
Representing aquaculture trade association in drafting and negotiating a new aquaculture lease template for all aquaculture leases in Washington State.
Representing city in first-ever update to its zoning code and associated environmental review.
Representing clients on complex land use and entitlements for mixed use and entertainment developments, including specific plan amendments, development agreements, tract maps, alcohol and signage entitlements, and associated environmental review under California Environmental Quality Act. Previous work has included projects associated with residential, commercial and stadium developments.
Representing cities on various land use matters, including the negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, development agreements, leases, environmental review under California Environmental Quality Act, and other entitlement and zoning issues associated with mixed-use development projects.
Representing a residential developer in settlement of over 50 lawsuits concerning the historical preservation of an existing residential development.
Representing an aquaculture trade association in negotiations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concerning proposed changes to shellfish health regulations.
Representing marinas, commercial, and residential developers concerning compliance with Coastal Zone Management Act, California Coastal Act, and Washington State Shoreline Management Act.
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