Robert 'Perl' Perlmutter

Robert “Perl” Perlmutter joined Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger in 1996 and is a partner with the firm. His practice areas include local initiatives and referendums, green building, land use, CEQA, NEPA, the Clean Water Act, Federal and California Clean Air Acts, California Endangered Species Act, general plan and zoning laws, conservation easements, the Political Reform Act, and open meeting laws.

Mr. Perlmutter advises and represents environmental organizations, public agencies, and community groups in administrative proceedings and at every level of the state and federal courts. He served as the lead attorney representing San Francisco Baykeeper in San Francisco BayKeeper v. Tosco Corporation, a Ninth Circuit case upholding Clean Water Act citizen enforcement suits, which was included in the National Law Journal’s July 21, 2003 special feature: The Plaintiffs’ Hot List, Twenty-Five Go-To Teams for When the Going Gets Tough.

Mr. Perlmutter is a member of the firm’s initiative and referendum team, and has drafted and defended numerous local ballot measures. He has also authored or co-authored several publications regarding local ballot measures, including Chapter 75: Local Land Use Initiatives and Referendums, in California Environmental Law and Land Use Practice (Lexis Nexis), and Ballot Box Planning: Understanding Land Use Initiatives in California (Institute for Local Self Government).

Contact Robert 'Perl' Perlmutter

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
396 Hayes St
San Francisco, California  94102
Phone: (415)552-7272
Fax: (415) 552-5816


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