Julia Bond


Julia Bond is an experienced trial and appellate court litigator specializing in complex land use and environmental litigation. She represents primarily public entity clients in matters involving a wide range of land use and environmental laws, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the State Planning and Zoning Law, the Coastal Act, the Subdivision Map Act, the Mitigation Fee Act, the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act and civil right claims in the land use context. Julia is the co-author of the “Land Use Litigation” chapter of California Land Use Practice, published by Continuing Education of the Bar in 2006. She chairs the firm’s Writs and Appeals Practice Group.

Julia represented the City of Rancho Cordova in an important CEQA case in the California Supreme Court relating to analysis of water supply issues in environmental impacts reports (EIRs). She assisted the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in a Supreme Court case involving the Public Records Act and in connection with its approval of a major expansion of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Julia has also assisted LAWA with regard to compliance with CEQA, NEPA, the California Coastal Act, the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, and other state and federal regulatory laws, and in the defense of the CEQA lawsuits challenging the approval of the LAX expansion plans.

Julia has also handled CEQA litigation on significant infrastructure projects for large institutional clients throughout California, including defending challenges regarding the extension of BART from Fremont to Santa Clara on behalf of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority; the new Kaiser Hospital on behalf of the City of San Leandro; a CEQA action on behalf of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; multiple CEQA actions on behalf of the Port of Los Angeles; and multiple campus expansion projects on behalf of the University of California.
Julia is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. district courts of Central District of California, Southern District of California, and Northern District of California; and all California state courts.

Published Decisions

  • Saltonstall v. City of Sacramento (Sacramento Basketball Holdings, LLC) (2014) S.O.S. 5246
  • Berkeley Hillside Preservation et al. v. City of Berkeley et al. (2012) 203 Cal.App.4th 656
  • Community Water Coalition v. Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission (2011) 200 Cal.App.4th 1317
  • Schellinger Brothers v. City of Sebastopol (2009) 179 Cal.App.4th 1245
  • Las Lomas Land Company, LLC v. City of Los Angeles (2009) 177 Cal.App.4th 837
  • California Native Plant Society v. City of Rancho Cordova (2009) 172 Cal.App.4th 603
  • Vineyard Area Citizens v. City of Rancho Cordova (2007) 40 Cal.4th 412
  • Michaelis, Montanari & Johnson v. Superior Court (2006) 38 Cal.4th 1065
  • Ailanto v. City of Half Moon Bay (2006) 142 Cal.App.4th 572
  • City of Brentwood v. Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (2004) 123 Cal.App.4th 714
  • City of Half Moon Bay v. Superior Court (2003) 106 Cal.App.4th 795
  • City of Vernon v. Board of Harbor Commissioners of the City of Long Beach (1998) 63 Cal.App.4th 677

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Northern California Super Lawyer, 2012
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, 2008 - 2011, Environmental Litigation and Land Use

Presentations and Publications

  • Presenter, CEQA Update 2007, Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite
  • Co-author, Land Use Litigation chapter, California Land Use Practice (CEB 2006)
  • Presenter, “Legally Defensible Environmental Review,” Lorman Education Services

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California
  • Member, The State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section


  • University of California at Los Angeles, JD, 1993
  • Smith College, BA, cum laude, 1989