Mr. Biering has represented both private and public entity clients in a wide range of matters, including complex litigation of land use/environmental law, air pollution control, solid and hazardous waste management, construction law, energy matters and offshore oil development, transportation, elections, real estate and contracts. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Loyola University, School of Law, Los Angeles, Mr. Biering has lived and practiced in San Luis Obispo County since 1980.

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LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Mr. Biering began his legal career with the California Coastal Commission in the 1970’s. His practice now is primarily devoted to serving as General Counsel to public entities, including the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District, the San Luis Obispo County Local Agency Formation Commission, the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority, the San Luis Obispo County Children and Families Commission and the Cambria Community Healthcare District.

From 1980 to 1988, Mr. Biering was a founding partner of the Law Offices of Biering and Biering in Morro Bay, California. The firm was a civil litigation and business law firm with a particular emphasis in land use/environmental law, municipal law, real estate law, administrative law and business law.

From 1988 to 2006, Mr. Biering served as a Senior Deputy County Counsel for the County of San Luis Obispo, with primary responsibilities in the areas of counsel and complex litigation of land use/environmental law, air pollution control, solid and hazardous waste, energy matters and offshore oil development, transportation, elections and general civil litigation. Mr. Biering’s primary clients and assignments included the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District, the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control Officer, the San Luis Obispo County Health Department and Division of Environmental Health, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, the San Luis Obispo County Regional Transit Authority, the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority, the San Luis Obispo County Local Agency Formation Commission, the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Department, and the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission.

From 2004 to 2006, while on a partial leave of absence from the County of San Luis Obispo, Mr. Biering served as Special Counsel for the Mission County Formation Review Commission, a five member commission appointed by the Governor and charged with making statutory and constitutional determinations regarding the potential split of Santa Barbara County, subject to a popular election in July, 2006. As Commission Counsel, Mr. Biering represented the Commission in weekly televised public hearings and provided legal counsel to the Commission members and their staff regarding numerous matters involving the formation of a new county under California law.

In 2006, Mr. Biering joined AMMCG as Of Counsel.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

Mr. Biering is a member of the California Bar Association and the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association. He is a former President of the San Luis Obispo County Bar. He is admitted to practice in all Superior Courts in California and the United States District Court, Ninth Circuit, Central Division. Mr. Biering is also admitted before the United States Supreme Court.

WRITING AND SPEAKING

Mr. Biering has been a speaker and presenter at numerous professional associations throughout his career, including the American Bar Association, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), the California County Counsels Association and the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association.

Mr. Biering has also written various legal publications, including the following:

  • Biering & Biering, “Massachusetts v. EPA: Rescuing Icarus through Environmental Federalism,” published at University of Oregon, Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, Vol. 23 (1), May 2008.
  • Benson & Biering, “Tenant Reports as an Invasion of Privacy: A Legislative Proposal,” 12 LOY.L.REV 301 (1979).
  • Biering & Knell, “Protecting the California Tenant’s Right to Privacy,” Los Angeles Daily Journal Report, July 7, 1978.
  • Biering, “The Art of Saying ‘No’ or Bambi Meets Godzilla,” published by American Bar Association (Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources), October 7, 1999; Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), October 18, 1999; and County Counsel Association of California (Solid and Hazardous Materials Section), November 4, 1999.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts (History), University of California, Berkeley

Juris Doctorate, Loyola University, School of Law, Los Angeles

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