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Everett L. DeLano III
Everett DeLano specializes in land use and environmental law, including matters under the California Environmental Quality Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Business & Professions Code § 17200, Proposition 65, as well as Constitutional matters such as civil rights violations and inverse condemnation. Mr. DeLano represents homeowners' associations, non-profit organizations, and neighborhood groups and individuals concerned about land use and environmental issues. His work includes advocacy before municipal and administrative entities and litigation in federal and State court.

Logan Jenkins, a San Diego Union-Tribune columnist, dubbed Mr. DeLano as "the NIMBY lawyer," proclaiming no one is smarter "at applying the legal brakes to community-opposed development."

Mr. DeLano graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego in 1989. He attended law school at the University of Southern California, where served on the Interdisciplinary Law Journal and Major Tax Journal, served as an extern to the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and was the sole recipient of the U.S. Law Week Award. He graduated from law school in 1992 and is licensed to practice law in both California and Colorado.

Before starting his own practice in San Diego's North County in 1998, Mr. DeLano worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Los Angeles, the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund in Denver, and the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado. Among his cases, Mr. DeLano has represented plaintiffs in litigation against: (1) a State department of transportation, resulting in a multi-year injunction forcing the agency to decrease its water pollution; (2) a major San Diego shipyard, which resulted in a court-ordered cleanup and fine; (3) a proposed reopening of an older-technology oil refinery, resulting in a settlement that ensured the site would be cleaned up and the refinery would not resume operations; (4) a demolition project on proposed parkland, resulting in a court order requiring consideration of the impacts of the entire park project; and (5) a proposed landfill, resulting in court decisions requiring two different agencies to consider the full scope of the environmental impacts associated with their actions.

Cases on which Mr. DeLano has worked that have resulted in published decisions include RiverWatch v. County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health (2009) 175 Cal.App.4th 768; RiverWatch v. Olivenhain Municipal Water District (2009) 170 Cal.App.4th 1186; McLeod v. Vista Unified School District (2008) 158 Cal.App.4th 1156; Center for Biological Diversity v. FHA (2003) 290 F.Supp.2d 1175; Natural Resources Def. Council v. Southwest Marine, Inc. (2001) 242 F.3d 1163; Communities for a Better Environment v. Cenco Refinery Co. (2001) 179 F.Supp.2d 1128; Communities for a Better Environment v. Cenco Refinery Co. (2001) 180 F.Supp.2d 1062; Natural Resources Defense Council v. Southwest Marine, Inc. (1999) 39 F.Supp.2d 1235; Natural Resources Defense Council v. Southwest Marine, Inc. (1998) 28 F.Supp.2d 584; Natural Resources Defense Council v. Southwest Marine, Inc. (1996) 945 F.Supp. 1330; and Natural Resources Defense Council v. Southwest Marine, Inc. (1994) 857 F.Supp. 734.

Mr. DeLano has served on several boards of directors, including Communities for a Better Environment and The Escondido Creek Conservancy. Among other things, he enjoys hiking, skiing, racing cars, riding horses, and spending time with his wonderful wife and children.

M. Dare DeLano
Ms. DeLano received her B.A (Cum Laude, Phi Betta Kappa) from the University of Dallas in 1990. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1994, where she served on the Articles Review Board for the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. In 1996, Ms. DeLano received an LL.M in international law from the New York University School of Law, where she specialized in international environmental law.

Before joining the firm in 2002, Ms. DeLano worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York, in the Water and Coastal Program. While there she helped to develop a regional program focused on cleaning up pollution of the Long Island Sound. Ms. DeLano served as the NRDC spokesperson for coastal and beach water issues, giving national press conferences and fielding media calls. Prior to NRDC, Ms. DeLano worked as a Legal Intern at the National Wildlife Federation, and as an Attorney for the Legal Aid Society in New York. She is admitted to the Bar in New York and California.

Tyler T. Hee
Tyler Hee received his B.A. from the University of Washington in 2011. He received his J.D. from the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law in 2014. After graduating from law school, Mr. Hee worked as law fellow for the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources focusing on marine conservation policy. During his time as a law fellow, Mr. Hee played a critical role in training judges who would sit on the bench for the state’s first-ever Environmental Court. He also worked to improve the enforcement of state fishing and ocean conservation laws.

Following his time as a law fellow, Mr. Hee worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu. In this role, he focused on criminal misdemeanor and DUI trials. After moving to San Diego, Mr. Hee enrolled in the Master of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Fascinated with the coastal history of California, he worked with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to design a better model to predict seasonal catch for the state’s recreational red abalone fishery as his capstone project. Mr. Hee graduated with his M.A.S. – M.B.C in 2018 and joined the firm shortly after.

He is admitted to the bar in California and Hawai‘i. Mr. Hee volunteers with the San Diego County Chapter of Surfrider Foundation. Outside of his practice, he enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, surfing, snowboarding, and spending time with his family and pets.



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