Environmental Law , Natural Resources
Amanda Monchamp is a partner at Monchamp Meldrum LLP. She practices in the areas of land use, natural resources, and environmental law with an emphasis on project land use entitlement, regulatory permitting, and litigation regarding the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) throughout California.
Amanda advises clients on various aspects of complex residential, industrial, commercial, and life science land use and real estate development projects, as well as linear projects for utilities such as telecommunications, power companies, transportation and transit projects. Her work on these projects includes due diligence review, local entitlement processing, environmental review under CEQA and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), site remediation, state and federal resource agency permitting, and associated land use transactions. Amanda works closely with her clients to help guide them through the complex entitlement process, including reviewing environmental documents and technical reports to ensure accuracy and defensibility. Amanda also advises clients on how to negotiate administrative and political entitlement hurdles at each step of the approval process.
Amanda brings her knowledge of CEQA and NEPA documents to the courtroom and defends challenges to project approvals under CEQA, NEPA, and other land use laws. Amanda is currently defending several major projects.
Prior to forming Monchamp Meldrum LLP, Amanda was a partner at Holland & Knight LLP where she also served as Deputy Section Leader of the Government Section. Earlier she worked at the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) in Washington, D.C., where she represented the electronics industry in state, federal and international environmental regulatory, legislative, and policy arenas.
Amanda is currently a lecturer in Land Use Controls at the University of California Berkeley College of Environmental Design’s Master of Real Estate Development + Design program. She also is dedicated to public service and is currently the Chair of the Oakland Planning Commission.
Monchamp Meldrum LLP is a boutique law firm specializing in land use, environmental review and permitting, and related litigation throughout California.