Beth Collins is known as a problem solver who routinely tackles high-profile, high-controversy cases. She has a rare mix of significant entitlement, transactional and litigation experience which gives her a unique perspective and her clients an edge—whether she is litigating in the courts, drafting documents, negotiating a deal or advocating before public officials and agencies. Beth leads the firm’s California Real Estate and Land Use Group.
In her practice, Beth assists various landowners, public agencies and institutions, energy companies and developers through all stages of the development process, specializing in high-controversy projects and properties. Her expertise covers critical issues impacting California land use planning: Coastal Commission permitting and enforcement; the Housing Accountability Act; cannabis regulation and permitting; as well as climate change, adaptation and sea level rise. She has deep knowledge on a broad range of issues, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Coastal Act, Subdivision Map Act, Endangered Species Act and easement, title and public law issues. She has also advocated for clients before numerous courts and agencies (including the California Coastal Commission and the Public Utilities Commission).
Prior to joining Brownstein, Beth worked as an associate at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles. Before law, Beth taught middle school science and health in an urban public school for five years as a member of Teach for America.