Jeff Dodd is a land use and environmental law attorney. He assists entrepreneurs, developers, small business owners, farmers, and non-profit entities seeking to own, develop, and add value to real property. Jeff is able to help his clients understand the regulatory and political issues associated with their projects so that they can achieve their goals in a timely and efficient manner.
Jeff takes pride in helping his clients work with local communities to develop environmentally-responsible and sustainable developments that benefit those communities. In doing so, he represents his clients in front of local agencies to obtain use permits and other approvals for various residential, commercial, and agricultural developments, and procure the required California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) certifications for those projects.
Jeff provides counsel on real property and environmental issues related to local, state, and federal government regulations, including general plan and zoning amendments, design review permits, affordable housing, water rights, water quality, endangered species, Williamson Act contracts, conservation easements, and eminent domain. He has experience working on these issues with the State of California Water Resources Control Board, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Department of General Services, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Jeff also assists clients and communities with local ballot initiative processes.
Prior to joining the firm, Jeff was an associate at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty in Napa, and served as an extern for Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court.
As a Napa Valley native, Jeff is actively involved in the Napa community. Jeff was elected to the Napa Valley College Board of Trustees in November 2018. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Connolly Ranch Education Center, a program connecting children to nature through farm-based education, and Community Health Initiative, which is dedicated to achieving 100% healthcare coverage for all Napa County residents regardless of income or age. Jeff also represented the City of Napa on the Napa County Park and Open Space District Advisory Committee and served as an alternate to Napa County’s Agricultural Protection Advisory Committee.
Jeff earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where he served on the McGeorge Law Review as Chief Symposium Editor. He received his B.A. in political science and history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.