About Us/Firm Overview
The Sohagi Law Group has an AV rated state-wide reputation for efficiently handling
complex transactional and litigation matters for public agencies. The Firm is
recognized for high professional legal standards and ethics in The 2006 Bar Register
of Preeminent Lawyers (Martindale-Hubbell). SLG represents only public entities,
including cities, counties, townships, state agencies, special districts, commissions
SLG attorneys have extensive expertise in all areas of environmental and land use law.
We focus that expertise on helping our clients navigate existing laws and regulations,
and keep our clients up to date on emerging environmental issues such as climate change
and greenhouse gas regulation. The firm assists clients with a broad range of planning
initiatives and individual development projects — from General Plan updates to major
Perhaps because of our extensive litigation experience, we believe that litigation
is often not the best way to resolve disputes. It is our goal to defend the principles
and policies that are important to our clients while minimizing expensive, lengthy,
non-productive litigation. Because of our experience in defending alleged "mistakes,"
we take special care in handling agreements, environmental documents, ordinances,
resolutions and day-to-day agency actions that can lead to costly litigation. We
firmly believe in the practice of preventive law.
The Firm's principal and overriding purpose is to provide practical, lasting solutions
to difficult environmental and land use problems for public clients. The Firm is
equally adept at utilizing traditional means and processes as it is at developing
new, innovative techniques, where traditional approaches may not work. The specialized
nature of our practice allows us to focus a wealth of talent on any problem to develop
the solution that best fits our client's needs.
The Firm has developed a wide range of educational and professional experience in the
highly specialized fields of land use and environmental law. Members of the Firm
have supplemented this experience by writing, lecturing and teaching as well as
through professional service to the State Bar of California, Environmental Public
Law Section; the League of California Cities; the American Planning Association;
the Southwestern Legal Foundation; Institute on Planning, Zoning, and Eminent Domain;
the Los Angeles County Bar Association; the International Municipal Lawyers Association
(formerly known as NIMLO); and other professional organizations. The Firm also sponsors
seminars and lectures on issues of concern to its clients.