Andrew Bell has joined Marten Law PLLC as a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office, where he will further enhance the firm’s reputation as a national leader in energy, environmental and natural resource law. Bell is the latest partner to jump from a general practice firm to Marten Law’s dedicated platform. Bell joins Marten Law from the San Francisco office of Downey Brand LLP, where his work focused on complex energy and land use matters.

“Andrew’s proven ability to successfully advise some of America’s biggest corporations on permitting large-scale energy and real estate projects makes him an ideal fit for our firm in general and the San Francisco Office in particular,” said Kevin Haroff, managing partner of Marten Law’s San Francisco office. “Marten Law’s concentration on environmental, energy and resource issues allows the firm to navigate challenging state and federal regulatory landscapes more effectively than many of our competitors. Andrew’s extensive federal lands and endangered species experience will further reinforce the firm’s national reach.”

Bell works closely with energy and real estate development to design and implement permitting strategies that meet the client’s objectives in the most legally defensible manner possible. He represents clients before local, state and federal regulatory agencies on a daily basis, focusing on environmental impact review, use entitlements on private and federal lands, incidental take authorizations under the Endangered Species Act and compliance with other related federal and California natural resources laws.

Bell earned a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (2004), an M.A. from the University of Chicago (2000) and a B.A. magna cum laude from Cornell University (1999). He frequently publishes articles in real estate and energy journals and is an active participant in trade associations such as the Power Association of Northern California, the American Wind Energy Association, the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Urban Land Institute.


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