Margaret Moore Sohagi
Margaret Moore Sohagi is a recognized authority on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), climate change and land use planning. She has extensive experience in general plan updates, sensitive resources, the Coastal Act, planning, and zoning, takings and First Amendment including the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), impact fees, rates and charges, and adult uses. For the past 20 years, Ms. Sohagi has represented only public agencies in complex, high profile land use and environmental transactional and litigation matters.
Ms. Sohagi currently leads the outside counsel team for all of the Los Angeles World Airport's broad range of land use and environmental issues, including CEQA, NEPA, the California Coastal Act, the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act, endangered species laws and other regulatory requirements. Specifically, she has directed remodels of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Additionally, Ms. Sohagi has played an active role with the Port of Los Angeles, Port of San Diego, and numerous cities and counties throughout California.
Ms. Sohagi is one of the state's leading experts in CEQA and an Adjunct Professor at USC School of Law where she taught land use law for over six years. She is a state-wide instructor in environmental law, and an instructor for the Judicial Council of California where she teaches introductory and advanced CEQA courses to Superior, Appellate, and Supreme Court Judges and court attorneys. Ms. Sohagi is primary contributor to Funding Open Space Acquisition Programs: A Guide for Local Agencies in California and co-author of
Exactions and Impact Fees in California: A Comprehensive Study Guide to Policy, Practice and the Law. She is AV-rated for highest professional excellence and ethical standards and is listed in Martindale Hubbell's Register of Preeminent Lawyers and is also a member of the California Planning Roundtable.