Bradley R. Hogin, Director

Bradley R. Hogin
Phone: (714) 415-1006
Fax: (714) 415-1106
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Practice Areas

Practice Description

Bradley Hogin practices environmental law, land use law, and public law. His clients include local government agencies and private companies. His practice includes both counseling and litigation.

Mr. Hogin regularly advises clients on the California Environmental Quality Act and state and federal laws regulating air quality, water quality, endangered species, contaminated property, and historic resources. He also litigates environmental and land use matters in state and federal courts. He has defended court challenges to a wide variety of development projects, including oil wells, oil refineries, power plants, metal recycling facilities, large-scale commercial and residential development, and schools. He has also handled challenges to federal, state, and local environmental regulations in the areas of air quality, water quality, and oil production.  He is often tasked with handling controversial, high-profile projects.  He serves as General Counsel to the Orange County Sanitation District, operator of the sixth largest wastewater collection and treatment system in the United States.

Professional Activities

Mr. Hogin served as Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Section of Environmental Law (2003-2004), and he was a member of the Section’s Executive Committee for ten years (1995 to 2005).  He served as Chair (2012-2014) and Vice Chair (2010-2012) of the Legal Committee of the California Association of Sanitation Agencies. Mr. Hogin has also served as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (Marine Resources Committee, 1993-1997).  He has written and spoken extensively on environmental law subjects.

Representative Matters

Among many other matters, Mr. Hogin has advised and represented clients in connection with the following projects:

  • Offshore oil platforms along the California coast
  • A 28-mile urban light rail project
  • The redevelopment of an urban, 1,600-acre former military base with commercial and residential uses
  • A pioneering water treatment project that recycles up to 128 million gallons of raw sewage per day into drinking water – the largest such project in the world
  • A plan to expand the Burbank airport
  • Local and state-wide regulations governing the use of recycled sewage sludge, known as “biosolids,” for fertilizer
  • Ground-breaking California regulations governing of the content of gasoline and other motor vehicle fuels
  • The Belmont Learning Center, ultimately renamed the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center, constructed on an abandoned oil field property in downtown Los Angeles
  • The redevelopment of the historic Ambassador Hotel site for a school project
  • A multiple species habitat conservation plan covering 27 endangered or potentially endangered species across 1.2 million acres in eastern Riverside County
  • A controversial project to transport crude oil by railroad through densely populated urban areas
  • An air district’s internal bank of pollution “offset” credits used to permit new and modified projects

Mr. Hogin has argued environmental and land use cases before the California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, California Courts of Appeal, and many U.S. District Courts and California Superior Courts. His published decisions include Communities for a Better Environment v. South Coast Air Quality Management District, 48 Cal.4th 310 (2010); Western States Petroleum Association v. Superior Court (Air Resources Board), 9 Cal.4th 559 (1995); Natural Resources Defense Council v. South Coast Air Quality Management District, 651 F.3d 1066 (9th Cir. 2011); City of Los Angeles v. County of Kern, 581 F.3d 841 (9th Cir. 2009); Romoland School District v. South Coast Air Quality Management District, 548 F.3d 738 (9th Cir. 2008); Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, 31 F.3d 1179 (D.C. Cir. 1994); W.M. Barr & Co. v. South Coast Air Quality Management Dist. (2012) 207 Cal.App.4th 406; Natural Resources Defense Council v. South Coast Air Quality Management District, 694 F.Supp.2d 1092 (C.D. Cal. 2010); Los Angeles Unified School District v. City of Los Angeles, 58 Cal.App.4th 1019 (1997); and KFC Western, Inc. v. Meghrig, 23 Cal.App.4th 1167 (1994).


  • Washington College of Law at American University (J.D., 1988); Senior Articles Editor of the American University Law Review
  • University of California at Berkeley (A.B., High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1984).