Tina Wallis

Tina Wallis - Of Counsel

Practice Focus

Land Use & Environmental


Bachelor or Arts, University of California, Davis, 1993
Juris Doctor, Vermont Law School, 1997


Tina Wallis advises clients on land use, environmental, and groundwater matters including General Plan and zoning issues, compliance with California's Environmental Quality ACT(CEQA), land use entitlements, and conservation easements. Ms. Wallis does transactional work and litigation. She pairs a comprehensive understanding of the issues with a straight-forward approach to resolve critical environmental, natural resource, project development, and sustainability issues.

Ms. Wallis has guided private and public sector clients through environmental review, securing permits for building and operations such as: wineries tasting rooms, vineyards, alternative energy systems, quarries, subdivisions, hotels, spas, resorts, retreat centers, commercial and retail space, and composting operations. In addition to this, she represents developers in large land acquisitions or sales where the property is entitled, but the project has not been built yet.

Ms. Wallis began her legal career advising counties, cities, and special districts on land use, public works, general government, airport, and landfill matters. During this time, she built a reputation as a fair and respectful problem solver, and is thus highly regarded with those of whom she negotiates on her clients’ behalf.

Affiliations and Awards

  • Treasurer/Director, Sonoma County Bar Association, 2002-2013
  • Professor, Empire College of Law: Environmental Law and Legal Writing and Research, 2003-Present
  • Member, Santa Rosa Junior College Paralegal Studies Advisory Board, 2010-present
  • Member, Scribes and Clarity Legal Writing Societies
  • Judge Pro Tem, Sonoma County Small Claims Court, 2002-2006
  • Presenter: Water Supply Requirements for Land Use Projects 2011
  • Presenter: Land Use and CEQA Update, December 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016


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