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Steven H. Kaufmann

Steven H. Kaufmann

Nossaman has expanded its Environment and Land Use Practice Group with the addition of veteran lawyer Steven H. Kaufmann, who joins as a Partner in the Firm's Los Angeles office.  Mr. Kaufmann's expertise includes every aspect of California coastal regulation. He has represented developers, public agencies and public utilities in a broad array of Coastal Commission matters, including LCP adoptions and amendments, Coastal Development Permit approvals and litigation matters.

Prior to working in private practice, Mr. Kaufmann served as California Deputy Attorney General assigned to the Coastal Commission and several other state environmental regulatory agencies from 1977 to 1991.

Nossaman’s existing coastal law group includes some of California’s most experienced coastal lawyers and consultants, including Partners John Erskine and John Flynn in Orange County/San Diego, Greg Sanders in the Central Coast/Monterey area, and Senior Policy Advisor Bonnie Neely, a 12-year member and Chair of the California Coastal Commission, who is based in Northern California.

Mr. Kaufmann states, “Nossaman’s leading coastal law practice and group of outstanding Environment and Land Use lawyers is known throughout California and nationally; I’ve worked with a number of Nossaman partners over the years and have always been impressed with their legal competency and savvy approach to serving their clients, whether obtaining Coastal Commission approvals or handling complex land use litigation.”

Mr. Kaufmann is the latest addition to a full service and growing nationwide Environmental and Land Use practice chaired by Partner Paul Weiland, which recently added environmental lawyers to a new Seattle, Washington office (Linda Larson and Svend Brandt-Erichsen), Washington, D.C. (Steve Quarles), and Austin, Texas (Alan Glen).  Senior Policy Advisor John Anderson also joined the firm’s consulting practice in Washington, D.C., in January 2017.

Mr. Kaufmann earned his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from Loyola Law School.  He can be reached at 213.612.7875 or

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