Thomas Law Group associate Anne Baptiste brings a broad perspective and a diverse skill set to advocate for her clients’ interests through the permitting process and litigation.
Anne brings a unique background to Thomas Law Group that is focused on problem-solving and client service. Her practice is focused on all areas of land use and planning, and she has advocated for her clients on issues specifically related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Brown Act, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
Anne’s ability to serve clients is bolstered by her studies in biology, which enable her to understand technical issues from both scientific and legal perspectives. Always seeking hands-on experience, as an undergraduate, she designed and conducted independent research projects related to wildlife diversity and abundance in the Inyo National Forest and Monteverde, Costa Rica. Anne also developed a strong commitment to superior client service while working for numerous years as the Pastry Chef for Millennium Restaurant.
Prior to joining Thomas Law Group, Anne was an associate at Diepenbrock Elkin Gleason where she represented clients in environmental law matters with a focus on environmental remediation, enforcement actions, various grant programs, and brownfield redevelopment. On an ongoing basis, Anne also advised clients on impending regulatory changes, such as the CV SALTS program. In addition to her environmental background from Diepenbrock Elkin Gleason, Anne brings litigation experience from her work as an associate at Boornazian Jensen & Garthe and experience in municipal law and land use from her work representing various cities as an associate at Meyers Nave.
Anne earned her law degree from King Hall, at the University of California, Davis in 2014. During law school, Anne served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Environs: Environmental Law & Policy Journal and as a Senior Articles Editor for the UC Davis Law Review. She worked as a research assistant for Professor Richard Frank and the California Environmental Law & Policy Center and completed externships with the Natural Resources Section of the California Attorney General’s Office and the Environmental Defense Fund. During spring breaks, Anne traveled with King Hall’s Humanitarian Aid Legal Organization (HALO) to Window Rock, AZ to volunteer with Dinébe’iiná Náhiiłna be Agha’diit’ahii (DNA) People Legal Services and to Biloxi, MS to volunteer with the Mississippi Center for Justice.
- J.D., the University of California, Davis, 2014
- Environmental Law Certificate, 2014
- Public Service Certificate, 2014
- Pro Bono Certificate, 2014
- B.A., Biology, Pitzer College, 2002
Admissions to Courts
- California State Courts.
Honors & Awards
- Order of the Coif
- Witkin Award for Renewable Energy Law
- Dean’s Merit Scholarship Recipient, King Hall School of Law
- C. Michael Cowett Scholarship for Environmental Law