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Michael J. Van Zandt

Attorney at Hanson Bridgett LLP
San Francisco, California
Michael is a Partner with Hanson Bridgett LLP where is practice emphasizes water law, water rights, water rights transactions, water rights defense, and water rights validation. He represents clients in Takings Claims against the United States, involving water and grazing rights. Michael is the lead attorney in a defense class action case involving more than 4,500 water rights owners. He also represents one of the largest irrigation districts in the State of Nevada.

Michael has extensive experience with hazardous waste, wetlands laws, NEPA, CEQA, Superfund, Clean Air, Clean Water, Safe Drinking Water, Endangered Species Acts, and California's Proposition 65. Under the Clean Water Act, he represents both governmental and private entities sued by citizens groups for alleged violations of storm water and effluent discharge permits. Under Proposition 65, he successfully represented multiple defendants in challenging test methods for detection of lead in plumbing products. He has resolved numerous Proposition 65 cases for companies both inside and outside California without resorting to litigation.

About Me

What professional recognitions do you have?
Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow

Northern California Super Lawyers (2004-2006)
What is your professional experience?
Michael has practiced for more than 35 years in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, adjudication, acquisition, transfer, and defense of water rights, and federal and state administrative law.


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Association Position
Environment, Energy and Resources Special Committee for the American Bar Association Senior Lawyers Division representative
Senior Lawyers Division of American Bar Association Council Member
American Bar Foundation Life Fellow
Experience Magazine, Publication of the Senior Lawyers Division Editorial Board Member


School Degree Graduation Year
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law J.D., with distinction, Order of the Coif 1980
St. Joseph's College A.B. 1971
LL.M., University of Virginia School of Law LL.M. 1985

Contact Information

Hanson Bridgett LLP

425 Market St Fl 26
San Francisco, CA 94105