Collin S. McCarthy
Collin S. McCarthy is an attorney in Trainor Fairbrook’s Litigation Department. His practice is focused on commercial real estate and construction matters. It includes drafting pleadings, briefs and motion papers, engaging and directing subject matter experts and summarizing expert testimony, assisting in the preparation of evidentiary records, and assisting with trial preparation. He has worked on a broad range of land use development projects, including residential, commercial, mixed-use, renewable energy, and long-range planning projects. His unique background combines first-hand experience working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Mr. McCarthy also has experience handling a broad range of land use and environmental law issues, including all phases of the land use entitlement and environmental review processes. He has testified before local agencies on CEQA and other land use matters and has appeared in matters before both the superior courts and court of appeal.
Prior to private practice, Mr. McCarthy was a Graduate Law Fellow in the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic of Golden Gate University School of Law. He represented nonprofits and community organizations in all phases of litigation and administrative proceedings on matters of state and federal environmental law. He supervised law student clinicians and assisted with the development of legal advocacy skills, engaged with clients, co-counsel, and witnesses, and drafted various legal documents including trial court and appellate briefs, memoranda, comment letters, and public records requests.
Mr. McCarthy’s professional experience also includes time as a land use litigation associate with two northern California law firms; working as a Litigation Specialist at an environmental consulting firm; and externships with the Washington State Office of the Attorney General and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Office of the General Counsel.
- Member – State Bar of California
- Member – California Lawyer’s Association, Environmental Law Section
- Member and Chair - Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
- J.D., Golden Gate University
- B.A., California State University Maritime Academy
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