Stephen L. Kostka - Perkins Coie LLP

Stephen L. Kostka

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 415-344-7006

Steve Kostka, senior counsel with the firm's Environment, Energy & Resources practice, has represented clients in a broad range of cases involving the California Environmental Quality Act, the Planning and Zoning Law, and other state and federal environmental and land use statutes. He also has extensive experience counseling public agencies and private clients on land use, CEQA and NEPA compliance issues.



Steve is a co-author of Practice Under the California Environmental Quality Act. This two-volume treatise is relied on by practitioners, planners, environmental professionals and the courts as the leading authority on the interpretation and application of CEQA. 

University of California Santa BarbaraBA 1970University of California, Berkeley School of LawJ.D. 1973
American Bar Association Contra Costa County Bar AssociationResources Agency CEQA Advisory Group

Case History

Metropolitan Water District Litigation — Successfully defended the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) in litigation contesting the district’s adoption of a water supply allocation plan to implement in the event of a water shortage. MWD supplies water to 18 million people in southern California through a consortium of 26 cities and water districts. The lawsuit, brought by one of MWD’s member districts, challenged adoption of the water supply allocation plan on various grounds, including claims that that MWD failed to comply with the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act in adopting the plan.
Other Court Admissions
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit



Client Comments

"The very best in his practice area, the California Environmental Quality Act."

Office Location

505 Howard Street, Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning Law of the San Francisco Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Land Use and Zoning of the San Francisco Metro Area
Stephen L. Kostka has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Stephen L. Kostka has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice
Environmental Law (Administrative/Regulatory, California Environmental Quality Act, Clean Air Act, Climate Change, Counseling, Environmental Permitting, Land Use and Zoning, Litigation, National Environmental Policy Act)
Land Use and Zoning Law (Administrative, Development, Environmental, Land Use, Litigation)
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning