Mark Harrison has a well-earned reputation for bringing seasoned legal advice to the firm's clients. Mark's counseling, governmental relations and litigation practice encompasses natural resource development, land use permitting, CEQA, NEPA, and air and water quality regulations. He represents private clients in the mining, land development and construction industries, as well as representing public entities and trade associations.
Mark focuses on getting results for clients, public and private, in complex regulatory settings. In representing mining and construction interests, for example, Mark has applied his knowledge of the permitting processes and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act to help his clients in obtaining reclamation plan approvals, operating permits, environmental clearances and the full array of state and federal permits and approvals that accompany the permitting process. His expertise encompasses hard-rock mining and in-stream operations, each of which are subject to specific regulations and considerations. For any given project, Mark is prepared, if necessary, to form a quality technical team by drawing upon his extensive contacts with experts in reclamation, traffic, air quality, noise, hydrology, geomorphology, biological resources and public relations.
Mark and other members of the legal team provide continuity to clients, handling matters from the preventative planning stage, through the administrative level, up to resolution in court, if necessary. Mark was lead counsel in the California Supreme Court's landmark vested rights case, Hansen Bros. Enterprises v. County of Nevada (1996) 12 Cal. 4th 533. Mark has also served as lead counsel for local government in matters involving local control over land use decision making and has state and national trade groups in litigation concerning the proper regulation of air toxics from natural sources.
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Mark is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court and the United States District Courts, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court. He earned his B.A. with honors in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984, and his J.D. degree in 1989 from the University of California, Davis, School of Law.