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Nicholas W. Targ

Nicholas W. Targ

Holland & Knight LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Related Practices:  Environment  Public Policy & Regulation  Sustainable Development West Coast Land Use and Environment


Nicholas Targ is a partner in Holland & Knight's San Francisco office. Mr. Targ has more than 20 years of experience assisting clients in the public and private sectors achieve their land use, environmental and policy goals. His practice focuses on complex redevelopment projects, environmental compliance and government advocacy. Representative work includes strategic legal advice on brownfields redevelopment, Superfund compliance, and state and federal grant and policy advocacy. Mr. Targ has successfully advocated for infill funding and policy initiatives on behalf of public, private and nonprofit coalition clients.

Before joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Targ served in leadership positions with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance, including Counsel and Associate Director to the Office of Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C. In these capacities, he helped bring to a successful resolution highly visible environmental permitting and compliance matters and provided strategic advice on legislation, regulatory initiatives and public participation issues to congressional offices, the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, and federal, state and tribal agencies. On a regular basis he convened and addressed trade associations, government bodies and others.

Mr. Targ also served in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of the Interior, representing the Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Land Management on a wide range of natural resources and hazardous materials issues. While at Interior, he helped establish the Department's first Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and the Department-wide hazardous materials office, provided legal and strategic counsel on environmental aspects of large-scale land transfers, and handled precedent cases. He joined the Department through the Honors Attorney Program in 1993.

Committed to service, Mr. Targ co-founded the Howard University School of Law Environmental Law and Sustainability Program and taught environmental law and environmental justice as an adjunct professor. Presently, he is an adjunct professor at UC Hastings School of Law teaching land use law.

Honors & Awards

Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Recognised Practitioner, 2016

American Bar Foundation

Dedication to Diversity and Justice Award, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2013

Outstanding Leadership Award, Howard University School of Law, 2007

Bronze Medal for Outstanding Leadership, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Six- Time Recipient, 2000-2006

Secretarial Letter of Commendation, Honorable Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, 1999 Star Achievement Award, Two-Time Recipient, 1997, 1998

Director’s Letter of Commendation for Drafting the First Dispute Resolution Policy for the Department of the Interior, Office of Hearings and Appeals, 1994

O'Keefe Family Scholarship, Boston College School of Law

Technology Award and Scholarship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning


Corner Briefing: California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act, Holland & Knight Alert, April 5, 2016

Corner Briefing: Grant and Loan Opportunities for Infill Projects, Holland & Knight Alert, March 4, 2016

Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (SB 628, Beall), Holland & Knight Alert, November 12, 2014

Is a Spoonful of EPA Flexibility Enough?, Daily Journal, July 21, 2014

Federal Efficiency/Streamlining: CEQ Issues New NEPA Guidance Documents, Holland & Knight Alert, March 19, 2013

California, Co-Author, Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields and Other Contaminated Sites (American Bar Association, Amy L. Edwards), May 2012

Brownfields Institutional Controls in California, Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields, 2012

AIR v. CARB: California Air Resources Board Appeals Court's Decision to Halt State’s Climate Change Cap and Trade Program, Holland & Knight Alert, June 1, 2011

Bay Area Air Quality Management District Adopts Groundbreaking Greenhouse Gas and Toxic Air Contaminant Thresholds, Holland & Knight Alert, June 15, 2010

Harnessing Solar Radiation in the Mojave Desert, Daily Journal, February 1, 2010

EPA Accepting Applications for $80 Million in Brownfields Grants, Holland & Knight Alert, August 26, 2009

Stimulus Funding: Expediting NEPA Compliance for “Shovel-Ready” Projects in California, Holland

& Knight Alert, May 20, 2009

Environmental Law Update, Probate and Property, ABA, May/June 2008

State Environmental Justice Programs and Related Authorities, The Law of Environmental Justice, ed. 2, American Bar Association, 2008

The Implications of an IRS Decision on Supplemental Environmental Projects, Holland & Knight Newsletter, Fourth Quarter 2007

The possibility of SEP legislation and lessons to learn from the fifty states, Trends by American Bar Association, July 1, 2007

The Need for SEP Legislation: Lessons from the 50 Laboratories of Democracy, ABA Trends Newsletter, May 2007

State Settlement Policies Offer Flexibility and Potential Win-Win Opportunities in an Otherwise Tough Enforcement Situations, Holland & Knight Newsletter, First Quarter 2007

Collaborative Problem-Solving: a Strategy for Resolving Environmental Disputes, Co-Author, 36 Environmental Law Reporter 10440, June 2006

American Indian/Alaska Native Issues, Co-Editor, Human Rights Magazine, Spring 2006

A Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment, Co-Author, 8 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 3, Spring 2004

Natural Resources Dispute Resolution at the Department of the Interior, Co-Author, Federal ADR Desk Reference, ed., American Bar Association, February 2001

The Courting of Science: Admissibility of Scientific Evidence after Daubert and Carmichael, Co- Author, 16 Natural Resources and Environment 507, Spring 1999

Water on Public Lands: Facing a Fork in the River, 12 Natural Resources and Environment 14, July 1997

Resolving Natural Resource Damage Assessment Disputes, 20 William & Mary Environmental Law Review 1, Winter 1996

Attorney Client Confidentiality in the Criminal Environmental Law Context, 14 Pace Environmental Law Review 227, September 1996

Speaking Engagements

Environmental Liabilities in Business Transactions, Environmental Law Institute's Twelfth Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law, March 15-17, 2016

Land Use and Environmental Law in Real Estate Transactions, 17th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, November 5-6, 2015

Introduction to Brownfields Redevelopment, Center for Creative Land Recycling, February 2015 New Rules for Industrial Stormwater, National Chain Link Fence Institute, November 2014

Urban Environmental Justice, Harvard Environmental Law Society Annual NAELS Conference, March 28-29, 2014

CLE Greenhouse Gas Emissions Conference, July 26, 2012

League of Women Voters, New Directions in Environmental Law and Policy, September 2011 Law Seminars International, Federal Land Re-use Incentives, September 2011

Sustainable Property Transactions: Managing Distressed Assets and Renewable Energy Opportunities, RTM Communications, Inc., Moderator, Panel on Brownfields and Municipal Government: Challenges & Sustainability Solutions; Speaker, West/East Coast Perspectives: Commercial Redevelopment in an Era of Green Building Performance and Sustainable Development, May 19, 2011

Sustainable Property Transactions in a Down Market, May 2011

Greening Brownfields: Legal Considerations When Remediating Contaminated Property Through Sustainable Development, Strafford Teleconference, May 2010

Spelman College, Partnerships for Excellence and Diversity in Environmental Law, January 2009 Practicing Law Institute, Managing Environmental Risk in Redevelopment Projects, November 2008 The Environment Terms You Need in Lease Transactions, CLE International, June 2008

Managing Environmental Risk in Redevelopment Projects, Practicing Law Institute, November 2007 The Intersection between Environmental Justice and Land Use Planning, Plenary panelist, American Planning Association, Annual Meeting, April 2007

Managing and Reducing Risk: Vulnerable Populations Living in a Vulnerable Environment, ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law, 34th National Spring Conference on the Environment, June 2006

Environmental Justice Litigation: The Record a Reviewing Judge Wants to See, December 2005 Fundamentals of Environmental Justice, Presented to the Senior Leadership of Maryland’s Department of Environment, May 2005


Portola Valley Planning Commission, Commissioner Center for Creative Land Recycling, Board Member Rosie-the-Riveter Trust, Board Member

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, Executive Committee, 2010-2011

American Bar Association, Human Rights magazine, Editorial Board, 2003-2007

Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s Environmental Law Section, past Director


University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., Economics and Politics/Legal Studies Boston College Law School, J.D.

Bar Admissions


Nicholas W. Targ is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Environmental Law in Real Estate Transactions - 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Monday, November 13, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Environmental Law in Real Estate Transactions - Environmental Law in Real Estate Transactions, Monday, November 13, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Environmental Law in Real Estate Transactions - Environmental Law in Real Estate Transactions, Monday, November 13, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Friday, November 17, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Live Seminar  Live Seminar 20th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Thursday, November 08, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 20th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Thursday, November 08, 2018, San Francisco, CA

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