Andrew R. Contreiras is an associate in Richards, Watson & Gershon's Public Law Department and a member of the firm's Public Agency & Municipal Law Group. He represents clients in a variety of public law matters with a particular focus on land use planning and zoning, municipal authority, development agreements, the Subdivision Map Act, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Andrew gained experience in a wide variety of land use issues through internships in the Land Law Section of the State of California Department of Justice and The City Project. In these positions, he worked on matters involving coastal law, regulatory takings, and conditions on development approvals. He also worked as a research assistant on emerging issues in habitat conservation planning and climate change, including a comparative model of species and habitat regulations at local, state, and federal levels.
Andrew is a two-time recipient of the Donald G. Hagman Land Use Law and Planning Scholar award. In law school he was active in the Environmental Law Society and served as staff editor of the UC Irvine Law Review. Additionally, he was a member of RWG's 2014 class of summer associates.
Andrew is admitted to practice in California. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Planning Association, and the California Association of Environmental Professionals.
B.A., (Honours), Brock University, 2008
M.A., University of Alberta, 2010
J.D., cum laude, University of California, Irvine School of Law, 2015