Pearl Kan is a partner in the firm. Ms. Kan’s practice focuses on representation of community and environmental groups, non-profits, individuals, and public agencies in matters regarding land use, natural resources, open space preservation, and environmental justice.
Ms. Kan represents clients in administrative proceedings and in litigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the California Coastal Act, the Subdivision Map Act, and state planning and zoning laws to protect open space, farmland, communities, public access, public participation, and endangered and threatened species.
Ms. Kan also advises public agency clients regarding compliance with the Public Records Act, the Brown Act, and resolution of code enforcement matters. She also counsels agencies on complex land transactions involving the Williamson Act and acquisition of conservation easements and agricultural lands in the Santa Clara Valley for preservation.
Prior to joining Wittwer Parkin, Ms. Kan was an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Salinas office of California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA). At CRLA she worked on an environmental justice legal initiative to help communities gain access to safe and affordable drinking water in light of widespread nitrate contamination of groundwater wells in the Salinas Valley.
Ms. Kan received her BA from the University of Chicago with honors in Comparative Literature and was a Fulbright Fellow before entering law school. Ms. Kan obtained her JD from UC Davis School of Law where she received the Witkin Award for academic excellence in environmental law, interned at the Sierra Club’s environmental law program, and also served as an extern for Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court.