Matsui Center Advisory Committee: 2014
During the past 30 years, Tina has earned recognition as one of the state’s leading environmental and land use attorneys. Prior to forming the Thomas Law Group, Tina was a founding partner of Remy, Thomas, Moose & Manley, LLP, serving as managing counsel for 28 years. Tina’s practice at RTMM focused on environmental and entitlement processes, representing developers, governmental agencies, and environmental organizations, alike.
At the core of Tina’s efforts is an unwavering commitment to finding solutions that are both economically and environmentally efficient. Amongst other accolades, the Sacramento Bar Association named Tina "Distinguished Attorney" in 2005.
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, one 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's pro bono and volunteer services include board member roles with WIND Youth Center, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, the John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes, Faith in Families, Hemispheres Art Program, and the Camellia Network, a new organization providing vital assistance to young people transitioning out of the foster care system.
Tina received her J.D. from the University of San Diego in 1979. She is currently admitted to the State Bar of California, California Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court, and Sacramento County Bar Association. Tina was named as a Super Lawyer each year since 2005 in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine.