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Nossaman LLP

John J. Flynn III

Partner

T 949.833.7800
F 949.833.7878
18101 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 1800
Irvine, CA 92612
Telecom Litigation
General

John Flynn represents clients in litigation and pre-litigation negotiations with cities and counties over approvals for placement of telecommunications facilities and equipment. He uses a thorough knowledge of the interplay between state and local land use law and the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 to achieve the client's goals, usually through close communication with the city attorney or county counsel, and by litigation, where necessary.

He also represents private developers and public agencies in complex land use and environmental litigation matters. He has prosecuted and defended claims based on the Porter-Cologne Act, the Coastal Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Endangered Species Act, the California Subdivision Map Act, the California Planning and Zoning Law, and, on the federal side, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Department of Transportation Act and the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Additionally, Mr. Flynn is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He was recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the "Top 50 Energy & Environmental Trailblazers" in 2015 and by Los Angeles magazine in 2009-2015 as a Southern California "Super Lawyer" in Environmental Litigation.

Representative Work

Stern v. City of Malibu. Defense of action challenging negative declaration for telecommunications facility to be built by Sprint, the client, in the City of Malibu. Opponents' motion for preliminary injunction denied. Case then immediately settled on highly favorable terms and dismissed.

Nextel v. City of Laguna Beach. Action against City for refusal to issue permit for installation of wireless telecommunications facility. After filing of action, City stipulated to issuance of permit.

Nextel v. City of Los Angeles. Action against City for refusal to issue permit for installation of wireless telecommunications facility. After filing of opening brief, City stipulated to issuance of permit.

Cox Communications v. City of Laguna Beach. Action against City for refusal to issue permit for installation of wireless telecommunications facility. Judgment in favor of client.

Cox PCS Assets, LLC v. City of Westminster, et al. Action against City for refusal to issue permit for installation of wireless telecommunications facility. After filing of action, City stipulated to issuance of permit.

Sprint PCS Assets, L.L.C. v. City of La Canada Flintridge, et al. Action against City for refusal to issue permit for installation of wireless telecommunications facility. After appeal, decision in favor of client.

T-Mobile v. City of Agoura Hills. Action against City for refusal to issue permit for installation of wireless telecommunications facility.  Judgment in favor of client.

Awards & Honors

Named a Southern California "Super Lawyer" for Environmental Litigation in 2009-2016 by Los Angeles magazine.

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

John J. Flynn III
John J. Flynn III

Practices

Education

J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 1977

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1974, magna cum laude

Admissions

California

U.S. District Courts, Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California

U.S. Court of Appeals. Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

Former Member, Community Advisory Board of the UCI Clinical Cancer Center

Former Member, Governing Board of the Irvine Unified School District (1981-1985)

Member, Board of Directors, St. Thomas More Society

Awards & Honors

Named a Southern California "Super Lawyer" for Environmental Litigation in 2009-2016 by Los Angeles magazine.

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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