California and “complicated land use laws” just seem to go together, and AMB has this hand-in-glove combo down cold.   Local challenge or statewide issue; question of real estate or environment;  water and other natural resources—we’ve managed the legal side of them all.  There’s a reason we’re on speed dial for developers, engineers and contractors and anyone who needs help making it through the development approval process.  The Firm has dealt with a wide range of issues including:

  • Land use, including zoning, sub-divisions, development agreements, CC&R’s, BRE Compliance, easements and other land use issues.
  • Evaluation of environmental issues/impacts of existing and proposed projects.
  • Negotiation & implementation of remediation strategies and plans.
  • Interaction with regulatory agencies at all levels including city/county/special district; state and federal; assistance with laws including CEQA and others.


Environmental & Land Use Attorney:

Michael J. Morris

Michael Morris is the senior principal and Chairman of the Board of Andre, Morris & Buttery. He is the Chair of the Environmental and Land Use Practice Group and a member of the Business and Real Estate Transactions and the Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Practice Groups. Read More..

Jim Buttery

Jim Buttery is the former Chairman of the firm’s Civil Litigation Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Environmental and Land Use Practice Group. Jim assists his clients in all stages of a dispute, frequently providing counsel to his clients on how to avoid litigation or to develop a strategy that puts his client in the best possible position for litigation. Read More..

Bill Douglass

Bill Douglass is known equally for his even keel and smart-as-a-whip abilities, this attorney proves time and again that bluster is not needed to win the day. His local roots may have led him to specialize in business law, agriculture, winery operations and real property matters, but it’s Bill’s personal commitment to excellence that has spurred his success. Read More..

Karen Gjerdrum Fothergill

Karen is a principal of Andre, Morris & Buttery. She is a member of the firm’s Business and Real Estate Transactions Group, Environmental & Land Use Group, and Wine & Agribusiness Group. She is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given to attorneys based on legal ability and ethical standards.  Read More..

Michaela R. Cotton

Michaela Laird Cotton is an Associate at Andre, Morris & Buttery. She is a member of the Employment Law and Civil Litigation practice groups. Back in her hometown, Michaela uses that experience to assist local companies and individuals in a variety of litigation matters, including employment, land use and business litigation. Read More..