Jocelyn Thompson has extensive experience in environmental permitting and land use approvals for industrial and infrastructure projects. She is well versed in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). She excels in shepherding complex projects through the challenging, multi-step approval process required by these and other federal, state and local laws, from project conception to the final approval hearing. When the approvals are challenged, Jocelyn defends them through both administrative appeals and litigation. Jocelyn’s clients include businesses engaged in energy generation, manufacturing, and development and processing of natural resources, as well as infrastructure and goods movement.
In addition, Jocelyn advises clients regarding compliance with the full range of environmental laws, including air quality, water quality, coastal development, endangered species protection, hazardous waste management, and disclosure and reporting laws. She advises companies regarding environmental sustainability and climate change regulations. Jocelyn also assists clients in conducting compliance audits and in environmental due diligence associated with mergers, acquisitions and financing.
Since 2003, Jocelyn has been ranked as one of California’s top attorneys in environmental law by Chambers & Partners in their annual surveys of U.S. attorneys, and has received similar accolades from numerous other publications. Jocelyn was recognized in the 2015 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Environment.