Jillian B. Blanchard

Top rated Energy & Natural Resources attorney in Alameda, California

Rudder Law Group, LLP
Jillian B. Blanchard
Rudder Law Group, LLP

Practice Areas: Energy & Natural Resources, Environmental, Land Use & Zoning view more

Licensed in California since: 1999

Education: University of California College of the Law, San Francisco

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023

Rudder Law Group, LLP

1101 Marina Village Pkwy
Suite 201
Alameda, CA 94501 Phone: 415-867-6769 Email: Jillian B. Blanchard Visit website


Jillian Blanchard is the managing partner of Rudder Law Group and focuses her practice on federal, state and local environmental laws, land use, natural resource permitting and energy law. Jillian specializes in managing the environmental review and permitting processes for complex infrastructure, utility, energy, and development projects. Jillian works with private and public entities to guide development projects through the entitlement process, with a particular focus on federal and state resource agency permitting and the environmental review process. Jillian has a specialized expertise in representing clients before a variety of state and federal regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the State Water Quality Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Coastal Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and has spent her career building strong relationships with these regulators. Jillian is regularly sought out as a natural resource permitting strategist for large controversial projects in and around San Francisco Bay, including Alameda Point Base Redevelopment, India Basin in San Francisco, the 34th America's Cup Project, James T. Herman Ferry Terminal in San Francisco, Oakland International Airport Runway Safety Project, and development at the Port of Oakland.

Jillian’s background combines top-flight private law firm experience with public agency expertise. 
As the managing partner of Rudder Law Group, Jillian represents investor-owned utilities, public agencies, and private developers and provides legal advice and strategy regarding the CEQA/NEPA  and environmental permitting processes associated with energy projects, water projects, aviation, and complex redevelopment projects in California.

Practice areas

Energy & Natural Resources, Environmental, Land Use/Zoning, Government Relations, Utilities

First Admitted: 1999, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.rudderlawgroup.com/about-us

  • Client Alert re: New proposed regulations from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers regarding Clean Water Act protections.  This regulation has the potential to impact many of my developer and utility clients. , Proposed Rule Regarding Clean Water Act Jurisdiction, Ports, Municipalities, Utilities
Educational Background:
  • Lehigh University, BA, cum laude, political science major, economics and creative writing minor, 1995
  • UC Hastings College of the Law, JD West/Northwest Environmental Law Journal, 1999
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Prepared and presented an overview of regulations and law applicable to maintenance dredging in San Francisco Bay., Presenter, Dredging in SF Bay, CLE Training, Ports, 2019
  • Presented on legality of municipal use of VPPAs to increase renewable energy portfolio. , Co-Presenter, Virtual Power Purchase Agreements Training, RMI/Lawyers for Good Government, Municipalities, 2020
  • Provided training to all Port of Oakland staff re: Natural Resource Permitting in San Francisco Bay.  , Lead Presenter, Permitting Projects in San Francisco Bay, Port Of Oakland, 2015
  • Faculty Speaker and Author, “Permitting Requirements and Options Under the Endangered Species Act”, California Wetlands CLE International Conference, September 13, 2001., Presenter, Faculty Speaker and Author, CLE International Conference, 2001
  • Co-Author, “Clean Water Act Jurisdiction After SWANNC”, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton Client Update Publication, January 2002., Co-Author, Clean Water Act Jurisdiction After SWANNC, Sheppard Mullin, LLP, 2002
  • Co-Author with Dan Curtin & Cecily Talbert, “Land Use Legislative Update”, Daily Journal Article, November, 2005., Co-Author, Land Use Legislative Update, Bingham McCutchen, 2005
  • Hosted webinar with Executive Director, Sierra Club, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Lawyers for Good Government to describe a cities' pathway to renwable energy and to identify volunteer opportunities for interested attorneys., Presenter, Climate Change Campaign Webinar, Lawyers for Good Government, Non Profit Renewable Energy Groups, 2017
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • California Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, 2019
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Leading a nationwide Climate Change Campaign through the Lawyers for Good Government (with over 120,000 attorneys) to support Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Sierra Club, RMI, and other NGOs on increasing renewable energy and addressing climate justice.  , 2020
  • , Super Lawyers, Energy and Natural Resources, Super Lawyers, 2020
  • , Super Lawyers, Energy and Natural Resources, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Acted as a permitting specialist on the ESA's environmental team for the 34th America's Cup Project. This project received AEP’s prestigious President’s 2013 National Environmental Excellence Award and the 2013 AEP Outstanding Award in the Environmental Analysis category.     , Permitting Specialist, Association of Environmental Professionals, 2013
  • Selected as a 2019 SuperLawyers recipient for work in natural resources and energy law., Super Lawyer in Natural Resources and Energy Law, Super Lawyers, 2019
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Leadership Counsel and Director, Climate Change/Environmental Justice Program, Lawyers for Good Government - Currently lead a nationwide Climate Change and Environmental Justice program for an organization of over 120,000+ legal advocates., 2021
  • Butterfly Migration Project - Assist child-led advocacy project to support children in detention facilities in the US., 2019
  • NRDC, Member, 2019
  • Providing Pro Bono services to support the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Program helping cities switch to 100% renewable energy., 2017
  • Obtained regulatory approvals for major public/private waterfront park and mixed use development in San Francisco., 2021
  • Successfully obtained BCDC and resource agency approvals for major waterfront development in Alameda., 2019
  • Successfully represented a group of land owners in City Council hearings and land use matter to protect a corner of downtown Richmond from an unwelcome big box storage development. , 2019
  • Successful defense of a Clean Water Act litigation related to stormwater and sanitary sewer issues for a large public agency in the East Bay.  Complaint dismissed with prejudice at the pleadings stage., 2018
  • Oakland International Airport Runway Safety Area Project: Assisted a local public agency to successfully complete the NEPA/CEQA processes and to obtain all regulatory approvals for an important airport safety project ahead of schedule. The project is currently in construction., 2013
  • Alameda Point Stormwater Infrastructure Upgardes: Assisted local public agency in obtaining all natural resources permitting approvals from the US Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA Fisheries, San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission to complete stormwater upgrades across the 800+ acre Alameda Point Redevelopment Project., 2015
  • Missouri Flat- Gold Hill 60 kV Reconductoring Project (2016) Successfully obtained a Permit to Construct from the California Public Utilities Commission to reconductor a 12-mile electric transmission line in the Sacramento area, as well as all necessary regulatory approvals from the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife., 2016
  • SFPUC Bay Division Pipeline, Managed team to obtain all natural resource permitting approvals to construct a 5-mile long water pipeline underneath San Francisco Bay., 2009
Representative Clients:
  • Municipalities - Provide training on tools for expanding renewable energy portfolio., 2021
  • Obtained regulatory approvals for 12 acre park and mixed use development along San Francisco waterfront., 2020
  • City of Alameda, 2016
  • Represent a major San Francisco developer in obtaining all natural resource permitting approvals from the Bay Conservation & Development Commission, the SF Regional Water Quality Control Board, US Army Corps of Engineers, and NOAA Fisheries., 2019
  • Port of Oakland, 2017
  • Pacific, Gas, & Electric Company, 2017
  • California Water Company, 2017
Industry Groups:
  • Development
  • Energy Sector
  • Infrastructure
  • Investor-Owned Utilities
  • Water Resources

Office location for Jillian B. Blanchard

1101 Marina Village Pkwy
Suite 201
Alameda, CA 94501


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023

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