Mitchell M. Tsai

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Top Rated Environmental Litigation Attorney in Pasadena, CA

Mitchell M. Tsai, Attorney At Law
 | 155 S El Molino Ave, Ste. 104
Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: 855-463-9808
Fax: 626-389-5414
Selected To Rising Stars: 2020
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas:
  • Environmental Litigation (40%),
  • Nonprofit Organizations (20%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Chinese-Mandarin
    Attorney Profile

    Mitchell M. Tsai concentrates his practice on environmental, business, land use and real estate law, as well as bankruptcy and immigration matters. As the principal of Mitchell M. Tsai, Attorney At Law, in Pasadena, California, Mr. Tsai represents individuals, businesses and organizations in Pasadena and throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area.  

    Over the course of his career, Mr. Tsai has appeared before state and federal courts and participated in various administrative proceedings. He is the author of articles for the Daily Journal and Los Angeles Lawyer magazine and holds licenses to practice law before all California state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Mr. Tsai earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a minor in gender studies from the University of Southern California. He received his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He also earned a certificate in environmental and natural resources.

    Prior to founding his law firm, Mr. Tsai acquired legal experience by clerking for the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment Now, Los Angeles Waterkeeper and two private attorneys. He also practiced as an associate with a private firm, handling complex land use and environmental matters.

    Before embarking on his legal career, Mr. Tsai was a researcher and policy advocate for organizations, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Fund for the Public Interest, Taiwan Environmental Action Network and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research. He is a former fellow in the Southern California Leadership Network.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 40%Environmental Litigation
    • 20%Nonprofit Organizations
    • 20%Land Use/Zoning
    • 20%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations

    Selections

    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

    Rising Stars: 2020

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    About Mitchell Tsai

    Admitted: 2011, California

    Professional Webpage: http://mitchtsailaw.com/?people=mitchell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • California Supreme Court

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Mitchell M. Tsai, “Concerns about a CEQA Reform That Favors Multimodal Transportation” Los Angeles Lawyer” (Jan. 2015).
    • Southern California Leadership Network, 2013-2014 New American Leaders Fellow –Fellowship program providing leadership and communications training to develop leadership skills for first and second generation Americans.  
    • Mitchell M. Tsai, “The Ports of Los Angeles And Long Beach Backstop Rule: An Indirect Way For States To Make Polluters Live Up To Their Commitments”  American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Air Quality Committee Newsletter (July 2015)
    • Article discussing the use of delegated federal authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate air pollutant transportation sources in Southern California, The Ports of Los Angeles And Long Beach Backstop Rule: An Indirect Way For States To Make Polluters Live Up To Their Commitments, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Air Quality Committee Newsletter, 2015
    • Mitchell M. Tsai, “Til The Well Runs Dry: Administrative Record Preparation Cost Recovery Under The California Environmental Quality Act” American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Energy and Natural Resources Litigation Committee Newsletter (Dec. 2014).
    • Mitchell M. Tsai, “CEQA ‘Reform’ Begins To Take Hold” Los Angeles Daily Journal” (Aug. 25, 2014).
    • Gideon Kracov, Shufan Sung, & Mitchell M. Tsai, “Can Citizen Suits Help China Battle Pollution” Los Angeles Daily Journal (Jan. 8, 2014).
    • Mitchell Tsai, “How To Stop Major Development Projects in California” New American Leaders Fellowship Meeting (Dec. 4, 2013).
    • Article discussing the State's proposed transition from Level of Service to Vehicle Miles Traveled CEQA transportation analysis., Author, Concerns about a CEQA Reform That Favors Multimodal Transportation, LA Lawyer Magazine, 2015

    Educational Background:

    • University of Southern California, B.A. in International Relations with a Minor in Gender Studies, Trojan Debate Squad, 4 year scholarship member for Policy Debate., 2005
    • Lewis & Clark Law School Portland, OR, J.D. & Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources May, 2010, Managing Editor of Environmental Law
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    Office Location for Mitchell M. Tsai

    155 S El Molino Ave
    Ste. 104
    Pasadena, CA 91101

    Phone: 855-463-9808

    Fax: 626-389-5414

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