Al Herson, FAICP

Al Herson

Al Herson is an environmental attorney and planner with over 35 years' experience. He is a recognized authority on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), land use law, and natural resources law. Al serves as Sohagi Law Group's Sacramento presence, where he helps public agency clients prepare legally-defensible environmental and planning documents. His clients include cities, counties, regional planning agencies, and water districts. He also maintains an independent consulting practice for private clients.

Al has extensive experience with water resources plans and projects, and serves on two California Department of Water Resources water planning advisory committees. He also has a strong interest in agricultural land conservation, and assisted Yolo County in updating its highly-regarded agricultural land mitigation program. Al also has in-depth knowledge of and experience with SB 375 Regional Transportation Plans/Sustainable Communities Strategies (RTPs/SCSs), and provided legal review of SANDAG's 2011 RTP/SCS and associated EIR.

Al is co-author of California Environmental Law and Policy: A Practical Guide, the CEQA Deskbook (2nd edition), and The NEPA Book, as well as CEQA chapters in Matthew Bender's California Environmental Law treatise. He has led numerous courses and presentations on NEPA, CEQA, environmental permitting, and climate change, and is co-chair of CLE International's Annual CEQA Update conferences. His APA leadership roles include serving on the California and National Amicus Committees, and being a past-president of the APA California Chapter and the California Planning Roundtable.

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