Keith Garner

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

S. Keith Garner is a partner and Practice Group Leader of the Real Estate, Land Use, Natural Resources and Environmental Practice Group in the firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. Garner’s practice focuses on state and federal environmental laws, land use planning and entitlement procedures, and natural resources permitting issues for large residential, commercial and mixed use communities and energy generation and transmission projects, including wind and solar facilities.

He provides legal and strategic planning advice to clients at every stage of the complex development process, including due diligence for land acquisition, project planning and permitting, regulatory compliance, and land use litigation.

He handles a wide range of state and federal regulatory matters, including endangered species, wetlands, water quality and land use issues, initiatives and referendums, environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Williamson Act contracts, and State Lands issues.

Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Mr. Garner worked as an urban planner in Boston, Massachusetts, and as a research fellow at the Harvard University Center for Urban Development Studies, where he participated in international development and research projects in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.


  • Represented developer on wetlands, water quality, and endangered species permitting for 250 MW solar generation project in Imperial County.
  • Represented owners/developer in three separate exchange and boundary line agreements with the State Lands Commission.
  • Represented restaurant owner in enforcement proceedings and permitting before the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
  • Successfully defended developer in federal court against citizen suit challenge to a Stanislaus County development project involving Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and NEPA claims. Protect Our Water v. Flowers, 377 F.Supp.2d 844 (E.D. Cal. 2004).
  • Represented industry association in rulemaking proceedings before the State Water Resources Control Board concerning the adoption of state wetland definition and permitting procedures in 2016 and 2017.
  • Represented industry associations in rulemaking proceedings before the California Fish and Game Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state and federal Endangered Species Act.


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2001, Managing Editor, California Law Review, Executive Editor, Ecology Law Quarterly
  • Master in Urban Planning, Harvard University, 1997, with distinction
  • B.A., Stanford University, 1993, with honors


  • California (Environmental Law Section)
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Member, American Planning Association (Planning and Law Division)
  • Member, Bay Planning Coalition
  • Member, Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation
  • Member, California Building Industry Association (Legal Affairs Committee)


Rate : $$$

What types of cases Attorney Keith Garner & Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP can handle?
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP can handle cases related to laws concerning Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning, Project & Equipment Finance, Energy Utilities & Environmental. We manually verify each attorney’s practice areas before approving their profiles and reviews on our website.
Where is Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP located?
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is located at Four Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA. You can reach out to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP using their phone line 415.774.2991. You can also check their website or email them at [email protected].
How much would it cost to hire Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP?
Keith Garner lawyer charges are specific to each case. However, they work with contingency fees and its ranges from $$ to $$$. They also provide free consultation [and no obligation quotes] if you are interested to hire.
Are Keith Garner reviews trust-able?
We have the ratings and reviews moderation team who checks and verifies every review submitted on our website manually. You can trust all the reviews you see on Keith Garner lawyer profile listing.

Rate and write a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Is this your profile?Claim it now.

Make sure your information is up to date.
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Four Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Get directions

Tyler Nicoll

Crosspointe Drive 1019
Naples 34110 FL US

Rick Cofer

West Avenue 1002
Austin 78701 TX US

Brian Orlow

Main Street 71-18
11367 NY US

Lina Stillman

Broadway 42
New York 10006 NY US