Whitney Hodges

Whitney Hodges: Attorney with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Biography

Whitney Hodges is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources Practice Group in the firm's San Diego office. She also serves on the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Pro Bono Committee, Recruiting Committee, Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance Team and Latin Business Team.

Areas of Practice

Whitney specializes in the representation of clients involved in real estate development. Her practice focuses on advising and representing major residential, industrial, commercial and mixed-use development projects, as well as Native American Indian tribes and renewable energy developers through all phases of the land use regulatory process and environmental compliance. Her land use experience includes real estate due diligence investigations, negotiating and drafting development agreements, processing land use entitlements, advising tribal governments on environmental and natural resources law, and appearing before governmental agencies and commissions. She also represents developers and management in traditional labor law issues, including union negotiations.

Real Estate Development

Real estate development has grown increasingly complex and controversial requiring knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws, as well as the ability to work with a wide range of diverse interests including governmental agency staff, elected officials, landowners, environmental organizations and citizen groups. Whitney’s ability to work with such diverse interests to develop creative, practical and economical solutions is demonstrated by her involvement in the successful approval and permitting of multiple residential, commercial, industrial and mix-used developments during the past several years. Current projects include redevelopment, infill and mixed-use developments throughout southern California, including San Diego, Los Angeles and Riverside counties.

Environmental Compliance

Whitney has assisted public and private sector clients in obtaining permits and approvals from various federal agencies, and has successfully guided clients through the maze of federal, state and local environmental clearances necessary for development including the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Fish and Game Code, Subdivision Map Act, California Community Redevelopment Law (including associated dissolution legislation and successor statutes), California Coastal Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, California Superfund Law, Tribal-State Compacts, and Multiple Species Conservation Programs (MSCP).

Whitney also has significant experience in working closely with clients and consultants on due diligence review of land use issues, which includes local zoning ordinances, general plans, redevelopment agency plans, and related land use restrictions. Her working knowledge of environmental constraints and the development process proves invaluable when investigating the potential purchase of real estate and the subsequent preparation of acquisition documents.

Litigation

An experienced litigator, Whitney has handled actions involving development disputes, environmental compliance, real estate transactions, and union disputes. She has represented developers in complex civil litigation and defended challenges to development approvals.

Whitney serves as general counsel for the San Diego Humane Society and 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. Additionally, Whitney also is a committed pro bono attorney and, in 2016, she was honored with the firm’s Bob Gerber Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award in recognition of her commitment to volunteering legal services to those in need.

Honors

•Continental Pinnacle Professional Who’s Who, 2018
•Sheppard Mullin’s Bob Williams Award, 2018
•Top 40 Business Leaders Under 40, San Diego Business Journal, 2018
•Sheppard Mullin’s Bob Gerber Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award, 2016
•LEAD San Diego Impact Class of 2017 Graduate
•Herbert G. Klein Memorial Leadership Award Finalist

Clerkships

•Extern to the Honorable Roy L. Paul, California Superior Court, Los Angeles, California

Articles

•Cannabis Regulation Is the New Frontier in Real Estate and Land Use Control
California Real Property Journal , January 2019
•Ninth Circuit Holds National Park Service Has the Authority to Regulate Navigable Waters in Alaska’s National Parks and Prohibit the Use of Hovercraft (Again)
Case Law Highlights: Mountain/West Coast
American Bar Association: Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee Newsletter , April 2018
•Ninth Circuit Weighs In On Circuit Split Regarding CERCLA Contribution Claims After Settlement and The Statute of Limitation
Case Law Highlights: Mountain/West Coast
American Bar Association: Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee Newsletter , December 2017
•Tenth Circuit Takes Expansive View of the Definition of the Term “Mining,” Holding Wind Farm Project Needs Permit Prior to Commencement of Excavation in Tribal Mineral Estate
Case Law Highlights: Mountain/West Coast
American Bar Association: Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee Newsletter , December 2017
•Tenth Circuit Holds Bureau of Land Management Improperly Relied On Unsupported and Irrational Assumption in Analyzing Environmental Impacts of Coal Mining Leases
Case Law Highlights: Mountain/West Coast
American Bar Association: Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee Newsletter , December 2017
•Ninth Circuit Vacates Condition Registration for Nanosilver-containing Pesticide Due to Lack of Evidence That Its Use is in the Public Interest
Case Law Highlights: Mountain/West Coast
American Bar Association: Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee Newsletter , August 2017
•Ninth Circuit Affirms Forest Service’s Authority to “Choose Jobs Over Wolves”
Case Law Highlights: Mountain/West Coast
American Bar Association: Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee Newsletter , August 2017
•Oklahoma Court Dismisses Fracking Earthquake Case Due to Court’s Lack of Scientific Expertise
Case Law Highlights: Mountain/West Coast
American Bar Association: Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee Newsletter , August 2017
•Mind Your Attorney's Fees In Calif. CEQA Litigation
Law360 , May 11, 2015

Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Law Blog Posts

• Five Years in the Making: California is One Step Closer to a Comprehensive Update to the CEQA Guidelines, January 7, 2019
• Prop 65 Victory For Defendants - Defendants Are Entitled To Have Their Cases Heard In the County Where the Claim Arose, January 8, 2018
• Faceoff with Federal Government Possibly Looming Following California Supreme Court CEQA Ruling; Cal High Speed Rail Project Also Vulnerable, August 22, 2017
• Climate Change Gets Fashionable: The Fashion Industry Embraces The President’s Climate Change Initiative, December 22, 2015
• Abuse of Discretion Not Shown By Court’s Failure To “Show Its Arithmetic” in Significantly Reducing Claimed Attorney Fees in CEQA Litigation, April 22, 2015
• Tribe’s Gamble That Casino Land Transfer Approval Not Subject to CEQA Pays Off, October 2, 2014
• California Passes Landmark Green Chemical Laws, October 3, 2013
• Parties Must Exhaust Administrative Remedies Before Challenging Even A CEQA Exemption, June 28, 2012
• California Adopts Revolutionary New Clean Car Standards, February 10, 2012
• Final Decision Suspends California's AB 32 GHG Regulations: What Now?, April 11, 2011

Fashion and Apparel Law Blog

• Climate Change Gets Fashionable: The Fashion Industry Embraces The President’s Climate Change Initiative, December 22, 2015

Climate Change & Clean Technology Law Blog Posts

• Supreme Court Grants Limited Review of GHG Emissions Regulations, November 5, 2013
• What Will It Cost for California to Save the World? California Conducts its First Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Auction, December 5, 2012
• ARB Initiates The Development Process For A Potentially Controversial Agricultural Equipment Regulation, September 26, 2012
• California Appellate Court Greenlights Air Resources Board's Cap-And-Trade Program, June 26, 2012
• California Adopts Revolutionary New Clean Car Standards, February 10, 2012
• California AB 32's Cap-And-Trade Program Developments, October 5, 2011
• June Proves To Be A Busy Month For ARB And Its Proposed Cap-and-Trade Program, July 6, 2011
• Superior Court's Injunction Preventing California's Cap and Trade Program Has Been Stayed...Right?, June 10, 2011
• California Court Issues Tentative Ruling Enjoining AB 32 Implementation, February 4, 2011

Latin American Blog Posts

• Taking a Cue From Brazil's Sustainable Development Practices Past and Present, December 14, 2011
• United States Increases Entertainment Exports to Latin American Markets, December 1, 2011

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Environmental
  • Litigation
  • Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance
  • Life Sciences and FDA
  • Multifamily Housing
  • REIT

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
619.338.6542  Phone
619.515.4126  Fax
www.sheppardmullin.com/whodges
University Attended:
University of Southern California, B.A., with honors, 2007
Law School Attended:
University of Southern California, J.D., President; Phi Alpha Delta Law Society; Advocacy Vice Chair and Competitor, Hale Moot Court Honors Program, 2010
Year of First Admission:
2010
Admission:
U.S. District Court for the Southern District; 2010, California
Memberships:

Memberships

•Member, American Law Society
•Committee Member, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
•Committee Member, Lawyers Club
•Member, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
•Founder and Chairperson, San Diego Humane Society Young Professionals Committee
•Member, Junior League

ISLN:
921697167

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