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Steven H. Kaufmann

Partner

T 213.612.7875
F 213.612.7801
777 South Figueroa Street, 34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Steven Kaufmann is one of the foremost Coastal land use lawyers in California.  He has more than four decades of experience representing the California Coastal Commission and landowners, developers, public entities and public utilities with matters before that agency.  His work has involved a broad array of Coastal Commission administrative matters, as well as a substantial amount of litigation involving challenges to or defense of Commission decisions.  Mr. Kaufmann’s expertise includes every aspect of California coastal regulation including coastal development permits, appeals, federal consistency certification review and appeals to the Secretary of Commerce, exemptions, local coastal programs, port master plans, public works plans, enforcement, and legislation, as well as related local entitlements and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Mr. Kaufmann has a track record for producing successful results for clients on a host of projects involving complex energy or transportation issues; wetlands, environmentally sensitive habitat and other habitat-related issues; golf courses, marinas, traditional hotels, timeshares and condominium hotels; and residences, subdivisions, and commercial uses.  Prior to joining Nossaman, Mr. Kaufmann spent many years at the California Attorney General’s office, representing the California Coastal Commission from 1977 to 1991, as well as other state agencies, including the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, California State Lands Commission, and State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Representative Work

North Coast Corridor (NCC) Project:  SANDAG and Caltrans’ 30-mile, I-5 highway widening and double rail tracking project from San Diego to Oceanside

Headlands Access:  Settlement of enforcement lawsuit between City of Dana Point and Coastal Commission over public access through the Headlands residential development

The Ranch at Laguna Beach:  Hotel renovation and public access project in the City of Laguna Beach

Newport Banning Ranch Project:  Residential, visitor-serving commercial, oil field abandonment, wetland and ESHA restoration, and public access project in the City of Newport Beach

Parkside Estates Project:  Shea Homes’ 111-unit residential, habitat restoration, and public access project in the City of Huntington Beach 

Transpacific Fiber Optic Cable Project:  Tyco fiber optic cable project from the City of Hermosa Beach to Asia

OceanWay LNG Project:  Woodside Natural Gas LNG terminal offshore from Los Angeles International Airport

Whole Foods Park at Cross Creek Project: Whole Foods Market in City of Malibu Civic Center

Malibu Parks Access Enhancement Plan:  Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Local Coastal Program Amendment and Public Works Plan for coastal parks in the City of Malibu

Seabridge Project:  Residential, marina, and commercial project in Channel Islands Harbor, City of Oxnard

North Shore at Mandalay Bay:  292-unit residential and wetland/habitat restoration project in the City of Oxnard

ARCO Dos Pueblos Golf Links Project:  Links-style golf course on oceanfront bluff on Gaviota Coast, Santa Barbara County

Dos Pueblos Residential Project:  residential project on Gaviota Coast, Santa Barbara County

Vahevala Project:  ExxonMobil slant drilling project from Vandenberg AFB into the Tranquillon Ridge in state and federal waters

Highlands Inn Timeshare:  Hotel timeshare conversion in Carmel area of Monterey County

Monterey Bay Shores Resort Project:  Hotel, condominium hotel, and residential condominium resort project in the City of Sand City

Awards & Honors

Named a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2005, and 2007 – 2014, and 2016.

California Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in 1990.

Steven H. Kaufmann
Steven H. Kaufmann

Practices

Education

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1971

J.D., Loyola Law School, 1974

Admissions

California

Supreme Court of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Awards & Honors

Named a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2005, and 2007 – 2014, and 2016.

California Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in 1990.

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