Timothy M. Taylor
Sacramento, CA
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Timothy M. Taylor


Tim Taylor is one of Sacramento's best known environmental and land use lawyers. He helps residential, commercial and industrial developers achieve compliance with California's numerous land use and environmental laws, with a particular focus on the California Environmental Quality Act and related litigation. During his more than 25-year career, Tim has also dealt extensively with a wide range of federal environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. He also represents numerous public agency clients on state planning, zoning, development and environmental law matters.

Tim served as the office managing partner for the firm's California offices from 2009-2014, and was a member of the firm's Executive Committee for much of that time. He was selected as the Sacramento Land Use & Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year in 2013 and the Sacramento Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year in 2012 by Best Lawyers®.

Representative Work

  • Tim represents numerous development interests in residential, commercial, and industrial matters, as well as public agency clients on matters concerning state planning, zoning, and development laws; the California Environmental Quality Act; and related federal and state environmental statutes

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Selected by Best Lawyers® as Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year, Sacramento, 2012, 2015 and Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year, Sacramento, 2013
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law), 2009-2017
  • Listed in Northern  California Super Lawyers®, (Environmental Litigation), 2005-2006, 2009-2015
  • Visiting professor, University of California, Davis, School of Law, 1994-2009; Lecturer, 2010-present
  • Past chair, Executive Committee, State Bar of California Environmental Law Section and CEQA Review Committee, 1992-2005
  • Co-Chair, Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite, 1999
  • Former member, Research Screening Committee, State of California Air Resources Board
  • Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, State Department of Toxic Substances Control
  • City of Davis Transportation Commission
  • Member, Davis Urban Development Agricultural Buffer Task Force


Tim has lectured for the University of California, Davis Extension; the State Bar of California; the State Bar of California Environmental Law Section; the Sacramento County Bar Environmental Law Section; the California Chapter of the American Planning Association; the Association of Environmental Professionals; the League of California Cities; and numerous other groups on environmental, land use, and urban planning topics.

Civic Activities

  • Member, Advisory Board of Directors, California Environmental Law & Policy Center, UC Davis School of Law
  • Founding member, Board of Directors, and Vice Chair, Nehemiah Corporation of America, 1994-2006
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Davis Joint Unified School District, November 2005-present
  • Served on the boards of several nonprofit community organizations


  • "California High Court Case Has Not Made CEQA Obsolete," (co-author), Law360, Aug. 2014
  • "Sacramento Railyards: How the City of Sacramento is Facilitating Development of the Largest Brownfield Infill Site in America" (coauthor), California Real Property Journal, Vol. 29, No. 2, 20911
  • "State Supreme Court Sets Environmental Baseline" (coauthor) The Daily Journal, Apr. 1, 2010
  • "The California Environmental Quality Act: Assessment and Recommendations" (coauthor)
  • "The Endless Quest: Pursuing the Elusive Administrative Record in CEQA and Related Mandamus Proceedings" (coauthor), Environmental Law News, Vol. 14, No. 1, Summer 2005

Awards and Honors

  • Public Servant of the Year, City of Davis Thong Hy Huynh Memorial Award, 2012


  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1986
  • University of California, Los Angeles, M.A., Architecture and Urban Planning, 1986
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1981


  • California
  • Pennsylvania (inactive) 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

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