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Stephanie L. Talavera


Office: Irvine

Phone: 949.851.7626

Fax: 949.752.0597


Stephanie Talavera is an associate at the firm with a practice that focuses in land use and environmental law. Ms. Talavera has represented clients in a wide variety of matters at the federal, state, and local level, including those arising under the Subdivision Map Act, the California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Ralph M. Brown Act, the California Public Records Act, and the Mitigation Fee Act, among others.

Stephanie has worked with clients on adoptions and amendments to general plans and zoning ordinances, decisions on CUPs, and prohibitive exactions and impact fees before cities, counties, transportations commissions, the California Coastal Commission, and other federal, state, and local decision-making bodies. Ms. Talavera also has substantial experience litigating eminent domain and inverse condemnation actions, on behalf of government agencies as well as individual property owners.


  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts
  • Orange County Bar Association, Lawyer Information Referral Services Committee, Vice Chair
  • Orange County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Chair (2020)
  • Orange County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Vice Chair (2019)


  • University of California, Irvine School of Law, J.D., 2015 (Honors: Faculty Awards for highest performance in Environmental Law Clinic  and Advanced Environmental Law Clinic)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 2011

Representative Engagements: 

  • Represented various residential developers and companies in obtaining land use entitlements, development permits, CEQA compliance, and regulatory agency permitting.
  • Represented association of homebuilders, trade contractors, and other real estate related businesses in impact litigation against locality for charging arbitrary and excessive building permit fees. Final judgment was entered in our favor and we were awarded our attorneys’ fees.
  • Invalidated arbitrary and excessive fees, aesthetic requirements, and other prohibitive exactions, rules, and regulations imposed on builders, developers, and telecommunications providers statewide. Represented numerous interest groups and individuals in successful challenges brought under NEPA, CEQA, and the California Public Records Act.

Published Cases & Works:

  • FCC Takes Bold Steps to Win the Race to 5G, Dec. 2018, RCR Wireless
  • Improving Water Quality and Ecosystem Health in California’s Marine Managed Areas, Sept. 2018, Envtl. L.R., Volume 48, Issue 9, at p.10818
  • Emerging Regulatory Experiments in Permit Process Coordination for Endangered Species and Aquatic Resources in California, Feb 2016, Envtl. L. R., Volume 46, Issue 2, at p.10131
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