Randolph C. Visser: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Randolph C. Visser


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Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources
  • Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Energy
  • Climate Change and Clean Technology
  • Construction and Infrastructure
  • Digital Business
  • Life Sciences and FDA
University Northwestern University, B.A., 1971
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 1974
Admitted1975, California


•Editorial Advisory Board for Environmental Law360, 2009

•Los Angeles County Bar Association, Environmental Section, Executive Committee, Chair (2006-2007), Officer (2001-2007), Member since 1997

•Executive Committee, Chair of the 14th and 15th Annual Super Symposium, Environmental Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2000-2001

•Senior Advisor, UCLA Law School, Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, 1998-2006

•Alumni Board of Directors, UCLA Law School, 2001-2005

•Editorial Board, Prop 65 News, 2001-2004

•Member, Environmental Section, State Bar of California

•Member, Association of Iron and Steel Engineers, 1997-2004

•Member, National Association of Environmental Professionals, 1998-2004

•Home Rule Advisory Group, South Coast Air Quality Management District, 1997-2001

•Editorial Board, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, 1995-2000

•Member, Cal-EPA Site Mitigation Manager Task Force, 1999-2000


Randolph C. Visser is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use, Natural Resources and Environmental practice group in the firm's Los Angeles office. Mr. Visser has over three decades of air quality experience and founded and chairs the Firm's Global Climate Change Team.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Visser specializes in environmental compliance, permitting and environmental enforcement defense and administrative and judicial litigation. He has significant experience and expertise in CEQA, NEPA, Proposition 65, California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32), and federal, state and local environmental, water and air quality laws, including particularly the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Regional Clean Air Incentives Market (RECLAIM) Program and other market incentive environmental programs.

Mr. Visser represents numerous commercial, manufacturing, transportation, energy and government contract-related businesses concerning the land use and environmental permitting of complex projects and regulatory compliance and litigation before federal, state and local agencies (including the Cal-EPA, California State Lands Commission, Coastal Commission, the SCAQMD, and other air, waste, and water regulatory agencies), as well as in federal and state courts.

Mr. Visser has written numerous articles, commented in many articles and journals and has appeared on radio and television including, KCET's Life & Times, to discuss varied environmental laws regarding Proposition 65, AB 32 climate change and related air quality and environmental issues.


Chambers USA, Environmental, 2007-2014: [Mr. Visser is a] thorough, efficient and knowledgeable attorney, who displays a good blend of pure legal ability and practical business sense. He is regularly consulted in air quality cases and operates at the cutting edge of the rapidly changing climate change sector. (2009) [Randy co-chairs the Firm's] global climate change team and wins praise for his environment and land use practice, which has a focus on air quality matters. He is an authority on Proposition 65 and well versed in advisory and dispute resolution work. (2010) He is well respected for his broad spectrum of expertise, with a particular specialization in air quality, water quality and permitting. Clients praise his excellent communication skills and exceptional knowledge base. (2011) Sources describe Randolph Visser as an attorney who understands the business and legal issues involved in environmental matters. (2012)

•Recognized by American Lawyer Media as a Top Rated Lawyer in Energy/Environmental, 2013

•Named 2013 and 2014 Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers Magazine

•Profiled by Los Angeles Business Journal in October 6, 2008 edition as one of L.A.'s Leading Environmental Lawyers

•Praised by legal observers per the Daily Journal's 2007 supplement Top Southern California Law Firms

•Named as one of Southern California's Best Lawyers under Environmental Law by Los Angeles Times Magazine, 2004-2012

•Listed in PLC's Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2007 and 2012 as a recommended environmental attorney

•Southern California Super Lawyer, Environmental/Land Use, 2004-2014

•Who's Who Legal, 2008, 2009 California Edition, highly nominated and highly ranked in the state's environmental practice and noted as co-founder of Sheppard Mullin's Global Climate Change practice


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Randolph C. Visser

Forty-Third Floor, 333 South Hope Street
Los AngelesCA 90071-1448


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