Julia Bond


Julia Bond is an experienced trial and appellate court litigator and chairs the firm’s Writs and Appeals Practice Group. Specializing in complex land use and environmental law litigation, she represents clients in matters involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the State Planning and Zoning Law, the Coastal Act, the Subdivision Map Act, the Mitigation Fee Act, the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act and civil rights claims in the land use context, among others. Julia co-authored the “Land Use Litigation” chapter of the California Land Use Practice, published by the Continuing Education of the Bar.

Julia represented the City of Rancho Cordova in an important CEQA case in the California Supreme Court relating to the analysis of water supply issues in environmental impact reports (EIRs). In another California Supreme Court case, she defended the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in a Public Records Act violation claim in connection with LAWA’s approval of a major expansion at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Julia has also advised and subsequently defended LAWA in its compliance with CEQA, NEPA, the California Coastal Act, the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, and other state and federal regulatory laws for the LAX expansion.

Julia litigates on significant infrastructure projects for large institutional clients statewide. In addition to the LAX expansion, she has defended challenges regarding the BART extension 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; and multiple campus expansion projects on behalf of the University of California. She has also represented the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Port of Los Angeles in multiple CEQA actions.
Julia is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. Central, Southern, and Northern district courts in California; and all California state courts.

Published Decisions

  • Berkeley Hillside Preservation et al. v. City of Berkeley et al. (2015) 60 Cal.4th 1086
  • Berkeley Hillside Preservation et al. v. City of Berkeley et al. (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 943
  • Saltonstall v. City of Sacramento (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 549
  • Saltonstall v. City of Sacramento (2014) 231 Cal.App.4th 1437
  • Save Westwood Village v. Luskin (2014) 233 Cal.App.4th 135
  • 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
  • Ailanto v. City of Half Moon Bay (2006) 142 Cal.App.4th 572
  • Michaelis, Montanari & Johnson v. Superior Court (2006) 38 Cal.4th 1065
  • 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

  • Selected, Northern California Super Lawyers - Environmental Litigation, Land Use/Zoning, Appellate, 2008-2016

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