Taiga Takahashi focuses his practice on matters involving compliance with and challenges to environmental and land-use regulations and entitlements.
Mr. Takahashi regularly advises on residential, commercial and industrial projects in state and federal administrative and judicial proceedings, with a focus on land-use and environmental issues.
He counsels clients in front of a number of federal, state and local agencies including:
- The US Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fish & Wildlife Service, Department of Justice
- California Public Utilities Commission, Department of Toxic Substances Control, State Water Resources Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards, Air Quality Management and Air Pollution Control Districts
- Municipal and local agencies, including city councils and county boards of supervisors
Mr. Takahashi has experience in a range of industries, including renewable energy (solar and wind), natural gas and commercial products, as well as the real estate development and agricultural industries, in procedural and substantive elements of federal, state and local environmental and land-use laws, including:
- Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (Federal and California)
- Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA)
- California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
- Clean Water Act (CWA)
- Endangered Species Act (ESA)
- Migratory Bird Protection Act (MBTA)
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
- Native American law (NHPA and SB 18)
Mr. Takahashi regularly comments on energy, environmental and land use issues on Latham's Clean Energy Blog, and leads the firm’s effort in tracking litigation against renewable energy project approvals across the western United States.
He is also actively involved in the firm’s pro bono work for local and national nonprofit organizations, including the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP), American Bar Association Immigration Justice Project and the California Innocence Project, as well as veterans’ advocacy with the American Civil Liberties Union. During law school, Mr. Takahashi served on the editorial board for the California Law Review as a supervising editor and clerked at the Environmental Enforcement Section of the US Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and at the California Regional Office of Earthjustice. Prior to attending law school, he gained professional leadership, operations and project management, and government experience in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer.