Tina Thomas

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Of Counsel, Downey Brand LLP

Matsui Center Advisory Committee: 2014

During the past 40 years, Tina’s consistent success on behalf of clients has earned her recognition as one of the State’s leading environmental and land use attorneys. Before joining Downey Brand, Tina founded Thomas Law Group in 2010, after 28 years with Remy, Thomas, Moose & Manley, LLP. Her practice is focused on environmental and entitlement processes, representing property owners, developers, builders, governmental agencies, trade associations, and environmental organizations.

At the core of Tina’s efforts is an unwavering commitment to finding solutions that are both economically and environmentally efficient. Tina’s work extends beyond the traditional role of attorney, shaping not only land use legislation, but also the way it is practiced and understood. Tina was one of the original authors of the Guide to the California Environmental Quality Act, a text that serves as the leading reference on CEQA and an instrumental classroom resource. Additionally, Tina played an extensive role in the passage of California Senate Bill 375, authored by Senator Darrell Steinberg, which encourages smart growth and infill development.

A globetrotter, Tina has traveled with her family throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Australia, including extensive cycling tours. But her true passion, evident in her choice of career, lies in serving the Sacramento community. Tina regularly performs pro bono work for a number of local nonprofits. Her greatest triumph has been her work with Loaves and Fishes, an organization that serves homeless populations. When Loaves and Fishes was hit with potentially devastating allegations of permit violations by the City of Sacramento, Tina’s representation resulted in a settlement favorable to the organization. Similarly, Tina’s work with Cottage Housing and Serna Village guarantees that these vital organizations can continue to serve homeless and transitional populations, as well as the Sacramento community at large.

Tina also donates her time and resources to Wind Youth Center, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, John Burton Advocates for Youth, WEAVE, and Union Gospel Mission.