Protecting California’s Natural Resources And The Environment Since 1991

Marsha A. Burch

Marsha A. Burch

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Practice Areas:

  • Natural Resource and Environmental Law


Ms. Burch's practice focuses on advising and representing citizen's groups, non-profits, tribes, public agencies, and project applicants, both during administrative proceedings and in trial and appellate litigation. Her practice encompasses California and Federal environmental and land use law, including the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, California Planning and Zoning Law, Subdivision Map Act, Williamson Act, natural resources, endangered species, wetlands and related matters. Ms. Burch also represents special districts and Local Agency Formation Commissions in California under the Cortese-Knox-Herztberg Act.

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

Published Works

  • Water Acquisition Handbook: A Guide to Acquiring Water for the Environment in California, The Trust for Public Land (2003), by Donald B. Mooney and Marsha A. Burch
  • Water Rights: Supply Issues for Local Agency Formation Commissions, 2005 CALAFCo Annual Conference, Monterey, California, by Marsha A. Burch
  • Editorial Board, Western Water Law and Policy Reporter, 1999-2002

Representative Cases

  • Building Industry Ass’n of Central Cal. v. County of Stanislaus (2010) 190 Cal.App.4h 582
  • Cequel III Communications I, LLC v. Local Agency Formation Comm. (2007) 149 Cal.App.4th 310
  • City of Marina v. Board of Trustees of Cal. State Univ. (2006) 39 Cal.4th 341
  • Consolidated Irrigation Dist. v. City of Selma (2012) 204 Cal. App. 4th 187, as modified on denial of reh’g (Mar. 9, 2012)
  • Consolidated Irrigation Dist. v. Superior Ct. (2012) 205 Cal. App. 4th 697, as modified on denial of reh’g (May 23, 2012)
  • Gray v. County of Madera (2008)167 Cal.App.4th 1099
  • Hofman Ranch v. Yuba County Local Agency Formation Commission (2009) 172 Cal.App.4th 805
  • San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center v. County of Merced (2007) 149 Cal.App.4th 645
  • San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center v. County of Merced, 216 Cal. App. 4th 1167 (2013)
  • We Advocate Thorough Env’t Rev. v. City of Mount Shasta (2022) 78 Cal. App. 5th 629
  • We Advocate Thorough Env’t Rev. v. County of Siskiyou (2022) 78 Cal. App. 5th 683

Professional Associations

  • Member, Environmental Law Section, California State Bar