Kathleen O'Prey Truman


Practice Areas:

Land Use, Environmental Law, Litigation, CEQA, NEPA, and Related Environmental Clearances

Kathleen O’Prey Truman counsels clients, typically owners or proponents of large and challenging development projects, throughout the entire entitlement and permitting process, represents them during administrative hearings, and defends them against citizens’ suits brought under a variety of environmental laws.

She has extensive experience with federal, state and local environmental laws, including the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Clean Water Act, the federal and state Endangered Species Acts, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, CERCLA, Prop 65 and the Unfair Business Practices Act.

She has shepherded projects through a variety of local, state and federal agencies, including the City and County of Los Angeles, the City of Riverside, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the California Department of Fish and Game, the California State Office of Historic Preservation, the California State Lands Commission, the California Coastal Commission, the California Coastal Conservancy, the California Public Utilities Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Prior to forming Truman & Elliott LLP, Ms Truman practiced for thirteen years with the international law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP.  She also served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Cynthia Hall, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1992.

Professional Affiliations:

American Bar Association; Los Angeles County Bar Association; Women Lawyers of Los Angeles


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1991, magna cum laude

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1988, cum laude