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Areas

Education

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., with distinction, 2019), Water and Environmental Concentration
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., 1999)

Admissions

  • California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District for California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Casey A. Shorrock
Associate
LinkedIn Bio

Casey Shorrock focuses her legal practice on environmental and land use law, emphasizing CEQA, NEPA, natural resource management, and permitting/approvals. Casey works seamlessly with both public and private entities to help projects progress responsibly and timely, meet the goals of involved parties, and enthusiastically assist clients if legal challenges arise. Her transition from a successful former career in environmental consulting and planning to the legal field uniquely positions her as a seasoned advisor for clients navigating complex environmental challenges.

Drawing on her extensive background, Casey offers a holistic perspective, integrating legal strategies with practical insights from years of hands-on experience as an environmental consultant and planner. By leveraging her deep understanding of environmental regulations and ability to identify technical and legal nuances, she provides clients with tailored solutions that meet regulatory requirements and effectively address real-world environmental concerns. She handles litigation and pre-litigation matters involving environmental and land use law, with emphasis on CEQA, NEPA, natural resources, endangered species and wetlands, water resources, air quality, climate change, solid waste, wildfire prevention regulation, and local environmental and land use ordinances.

In her previous career, Casey worked with and for agencies at all levels of government, she managed the environmental review process for a variety of successful development and infrastructure projects and government actions, including preparation of state, federal, tribal, and joint environmental documents, focusing on approvals, permitting, and streamlining environmental regulatory compliance. Casey brings these same skills to her legal practice.

Casey attended McGeorge School of Law on a full merit scholarship as an Anthony M. Kennedy Fellow. During law school, she worked as a summer associate for Remy Moose Manley, LLP, externed for Judge Kimberley J. Mueller at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, and researched/edited for a professor writing an article testing administrative law theories. At McGeorge, she received the Stauffer Charitable Trust Research Fellow Award for her paper Environmentally Responsible and Streamlined Development in California: The Promise of CEQA’s Class 32 Exemption and received Witkin Awards for academic excellence in Environmental Law and Oceans & Coastal Law. After law school, and prior to joining Somach Simmons & Dunn, Casey worked for Remy Moose Manley.

As a fifth generation Sacramentan from a large Irish-American family, Casey has deep roots in the community, which helps bring an important local perspective to all of her work. She also brings a broader perspective, stemming in part from her extensive national and international travels and time living and working abroad in China. Outside of work, Casey enjoys time with her family—relaxing around the house, skiing in Tahoe, or handling their two rambunctious pugs—volunteering at her daughter’s cross country and track meets, and visiting Disneyland as often as possible.

Representative Matters

Represent, with co-counsel, several public agencies in complex coordinated litigation challenging the California Delta Conveyance Project and EIR.

Assist developer/operator of organic reuse and recycling facilities with environmental planning and local, regional, and state permitting of its operations in the City of Turlock and the Town of Apple Valley, California.

Assist energy group with environmental planning and permitting of its carbon sequestration project in Kern County, California.

Assist developer with the acquisition of surface water and groundwater supply for its approved 1,600 residential unit/mixed-use development in the Santa Nella Community Specific Plan area, Merced County, California.

Select work performed prior to joining Somach Simmons & Dunn:

Successfully represented, with co-counsel, the City of Los Angeles, California, in its Ninth Circuit challenge to FAA’s Bob Hope “Hollywood Burbank” Airport Replacement Passenger Terminal Project and issuance of Final EIS/ROD under NEPA (City of Los Angeles v. FAA, 63 F.4th 835 (9th Cir. 2023)).

Successfully represented, with co-counsel, the City of Monterey, California, in its challenge to the Monterey Peninsula Airport District’s Updated Airport Master Plan and Final EIR addendum.

Successfully represented, with co-counsel, the Town of Danville in its challenge to Contra Costa County’s Tassajara Parks Mixed-Use Development Project and Final EIR.

Advised the California High Speed Rail Authority on environmental planning and permitting for sections of its statewide High-Speed Rail Project.

Assisted several developers in successful environmental review and approval of multi-family, medium-to-high density, senior housing, and mixed-use residential developments in Sacramento County and the Cities of Rocklin, Roseville, and Folsom, California, including litigation settlement.

Assisted developer/operator of organic reuse and recycling facilities with environmental planning and local, regional, and state permitting of its operations in the City of Turlock, California.

Assisted the City of Los Angeles, California, on several matters, including its Sidewalk and Transit Amenities Program and MND and Safe Sidewalks LA Program EIR.

Selected Reported Cases

City of Los Angeles v. Federal Aviation Administration, 63 F.4th 835 (9th Cir. 2023)

Insights and Activities

  • Selected for inclusion, Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2023–2024
  • Member of the Federal Bar Association (Sacramento Chapter), the California Lawyers Association, the Sacramento County Bar Association, and the California Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Panel Moderator, Subsequent Environmental Review Amidst a Sea of Evolving CEQA Law and Regulations, California Association of Environmental Professionals Annual Conference, August 2021
  • Co-author of First District Court Finds School’s Installation of Light Towers in Its Athletic Field Is Not Exempt from CEQA Review (Saint Ignatius Neighborhood Association v. City and County of San Francisco, Cal.App.5th, Case No. A164269 (1st Dist. Dec. 5, 2022)), California Land Use Reporter, Vol. 32, No. 4 (Jan. 2023)
  • Co-author of Fourth District Court Holds View Ordinance Is the Equivalent of a Zoning Ordinance Subject to 90-Day Service of Petition Deadline (Weiss v. City of Del Mar, 39 Cal.App.5th 609 (4th Dist. 2019)), California Land Use Reporter, Vol. 29, No. 2 (Nov. 2019)
  • Recipient of the McGeorge School of Law Anthony M. Kennedy Fellowship, 2016–2019
  • Recipient of the Stauffer Charitable Trust Research Fellow Award, 2019

Recent Articles

Fifth District Appellate Court Revisits King & Gardiner Farms, Now Finding Agricultural Conservation Easements May Be Required Under CEQA As Partial Mitigation For Project’s Conversion Of Agricultural Land

In a partially published opinion—V Lions Farming, LLC v. County of Kern (2024) 100 Cal.App.5th 412—the Fifth District Court of Appeal held that even though agricultural conservation easements (ag easements) ... Read More

Education

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., with distinction, 2019), Water and Environmental Concentration
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., 1999)

Admissions

  • California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District for California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit