Susan Brandt-Hawley

Susan Brandt-Hawley represents public-interest groups in preservation issues statewide. Her cases have contributed to precedent in the six districts of the Court of Appeal and in the California Supreme Court.

She received the 2001 CLAY award (California Lawyer of the Year) in environmental law from California Lawyer magazine and was named to the Daily Journal's first annual list of California's "top women litigators" in 2002 and to the subsequent lists in 2007, 2009, and 2011. She is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Brandt-Hawley speaks on environmental preservation law in educational and professional forums attended by lawyers, judges, students, elected officials, agency commissioners, preservationists, and planners.

She and her husband Bill Hawley own and operate Random Ridge vineyards and winery in Napa County's Mount Veeder appellation, with sons Emile and Zane Hawley. For more about Random Ridge, see www.randomridge.com and press/photos, below; e.g., "Surf and Turf" 1996 and Daily Journal "Profile: Sonoma Attorney Lives Off the Land at Home and Work," May 2000.        

* Education/Credentials: J.D., King Hall, University of California at Davis, June 1977, law review writer and editor 1976-1977; bar admission December 1977; Cuahnahuac Language School, Cuernavaca, Mexico, via Federal Defenders, Inc., San Diego,1977; co-author “Clara Shortridge Foltz, Pioneer in the Law," Hastings Law Journal, 1976; A.B., Philosophy, San Diego State University, 1974, high honors, elected to Phi Beta Kappa; University of Uppsala, Sweden, 1972-1973; Claremont Colleges (Pitzer, Pomona), 1969-1970.
* Public Service/Memberships: Faculty, California Judicial Studies Programs, California Environmental Quality Act, 2000-present; California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, 2008-present; National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1998-present, Board of Advisors, 1998-2007; Sonoma County Land Trust Board of Trustees, 1995-96; California Preservation Foundation, 1991-present, Board of Trustees, 1991-97, Legal Chair 1995-96; Sonoma County Bar Association Executive Committee 1988-92, President, 1992.
* Awards/Recognition: Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating; Northern California Super Lawyers 2010-2015; among 30 "top women litigators" named by the Daily Journal in 2002 and 100 named in 2007, 2009, and 2011; National Trust's John H. Chafee's Trustee Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy, October 2010: youtube.com/watch?v=LUYdRxun2cU; "Preservationist of the Year," California Preservation Foundation, 2006; "California Lawyer of the Year" (CLAY award), environmental law, California Lawyer magazine, 2001; "Conservationist of the Year," Sierra Club, Mother Lode Chapter, 1997; Daily Journal profiles, 1990 and 2000.
Random Ridge


Press/Photos
Law Office Opening 1979 California Lawyer "Time Is On Their Side" 1990 Daily Journal "Profile" 1990 Santa Rosa Press Democrat "Environmentalists' Dragon Slayer" 1990 Sonoma County Bar Association Bulletin 1992 "Susan Brandt-Hawley Elected President" Sonoma Independent "Surf and Turf" 1996 Daily Herald Recorder, "Environmental Law Maturing" San Diego Reader "Raising a Bar" 1999 Daily Journal "Profile: Sonoma Attorney Lives Off the Land at Home and Work" 2000 Sonoma Index Tribune "Working for the Past and Future" 2002
 
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