Jeffrey W. Forrest: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Jeffrey W. Forrest


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  • Real Estate
  • Environmental
  • Land Use
University Binghamton University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1993
Law SchoolGeorge Washington University Law School, J.D., 1996
Admitted1996, Virginia; 1997, Maryland; 2004, California


•National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (San Diego Chapter), Co-Chair of Legislative Policy Committee

•Building Industry Association of San Diego, Co-Chair of North County Legislative Committee

•Imperial County Economic Development Corporation

•Delegate, State Bar of California's Conference of Delegates


Jeff Forrest is a partner in the San Diego office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP. He is a member of the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group and Chair of the firm's Imperial Valley Committee.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Forrest's practice includes complex land use planning, obtaining entitlement approvals, and land use litigation defense for clients such as the Hotel Del Coronado, Pardee Homes, Brookfield Homes, solar and renewable energy developers, Allied Waste, the Building Industry Association, Citigroup, Comerica Bank, Black Mountain Ranch, Sudberry Properties, and Donahue Schriber.

Mr. Forrest specializes in counseling compliance with and litigating the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Coastal Act, Subdivision Map Act, Mitigation Fee Act, Endangered Species Act, and global warming laws and regulations.

In doing so, his land use work covers all aspects of advising and representing residential, industrial and commercial developers through all phases of the land use regulatory process, including real estate due diligence investigations; negotiating development agreements, easements, annexation agreements, water supply assessments, and environmental permits; processing land use entitlements, and appearing before governmental agencies and commissions.

Prior to joining Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, he served in the U.S. Congress as the Legislative Director & Counsel to Congressman Mike Castle following the Congressman's terms as Delaware's Governor. In Congress, he focused on bankruptcy reform, financial services modernization, corporate governance, environmental, appropriations and tax legislation.

Mr. Forrest is a registered lobbyist with the City of San Diego, the County of San Diego, and San Diego Regional Airport Authority, and the San Diego Port Authority.


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Undisclosed Change in Building Height Requires Supplemental EIR
Tiffany T.V. Duong,Jeffrey W. Forrest, February 26, 2015
The Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District of California has ruled that (i) a 20% increase in the actual height of a building over the stated height in the certified EIR required Ventura County to prepare a supplemental EIR rather than an addendum; and (ii) the County’s failure to...

County of San Diego’s Adopted Climate Action Plan Violates CEQA: Fails to Include Enforceable GHG Reduction Measures
Jeffrey W. Forrest,Jennifer L. Gunsch, February 17, 2015
On October 29, 2014, the Fourth District California Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the trial court’s decision in favor of Sierra Club, agreeing that the County of San Diego’s adopted Climate Action Plan (CAP) violated CEQA. First, the court held the County’s adopted CAP...

Fourth District’s Split Decision Further Complicates CEQA Requirements Surrounding GHG Impact Analysis and Mitigation Measures - Dissent Warns Majority Opinion Will Weaken and Confuse the Law
Jeffrey W. Forrest,Jennifer L. Gunsch, February 17, 2015
In a split decision on November 24, 2014, the Fourth District California Court of Appeal invalidated the program EIR for San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) 2050 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (Regional Transportation Plan). The court found the EIR in...

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Jeffrey W. Forrest

501 West Broadway, Nineteenth Floor
San DiegoCA 92101


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