Kari Nieblas Vozenilek

Of Counsel

kvozenilek@kidmanlaw.com

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Kari Nieblas Vozenilek’s practice focuses on environmental law, public law, land use, and water rights and water quality. 

 

Ms. Vozenilek provides advice to, and representation of, Kidman Law clients in many aspects of local agency governance and operation, including CEQA compliance for an on-going, large-scale desalination facility.  She advises on public contract and competitive bidding requirements, permitting for public works projects, easement and encroachment agreements, and obligations under the Brown Act and Public Record Act. 

 

Prior to joining Kidman Law, Ms. Vozenilek represented water agencies, cities, and developers in state and federal court for matters related to environmental law, land use and, water rights and quality.  During that time, Ms. Vozenilek gained significant experience in environmental compliance and litigation with expertise in CEQA, the Brown Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, and the federal Superfund law.

 

Ms. Vozenilek has significant experience in environmental compliance transactional and litigation work in state and federal court. She has assisted agencies and developers through all stages of the environmental review process, and her expertise includes issues involving the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, and the Ralph M. Brown Act.  She brings a litigator’s experience to transactions to help minimize future disputes and achieve successful outcomes.  Ms. Vozenilek also has substantial experience serving as pro-bono counsel assisting victims of domestic violence. 

 

Ms. Vozenilek earned her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned her law degree in 2006 from the King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis.  While in law school, Ms. Vozenilek served as Editor-in-Chief of the Environs Law & Policy Journal, was active in the Environmental Law Society, and earned the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Administrative Law.  Also during law school, Ms. Vozenilek worked as an Intern at the California Department of Water Resources, as a Judicial Extern for the Office of the U.S. Attorney, and as a Judicial Intern for The Honorable Michael B. Orfield of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego.

 

JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE

  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Michael B. Orfield, San Diego Superior Court

 

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • State of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California

 

ORGANIZATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Orange County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Domestic Violence Project

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • “CEQA and Assembly Bill 32: Environmental Review and Mitigation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Impacts,” Los Angeles Port Authority, February, 2008.
  • "Water Boundaries: What Are Your Rights, Responsibilities, And Potential Liabilities?" Boundary Disputes: Resolving Conflicts Without Going to Court” (Co-Author), The National Business Institute, November, 2006.

 

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