Josh Bledsoe, Counsel, Latham & Watkins
Josh Bledsoe is counsel in the Environment, Land & Resources Department. His practice focuses on complex infrastructure and development projects, particularly those utilizing renewable or low-carbon technologies. He has broad experience in the permitting, entitlement, environmental review and financing of such projects; and also handles related administrative and judicial challenges.
Mr. Bledsoe has deep experience with California’s climate change law, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (commonly known as “AB 32”) and associated Air Resources Board regulations. He also possesses in-depth knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act (and its state and local counterparts throughout California), the Clean Water Act, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act and the Warren-Alquist Act (including the siting procedures of the California Energy Commission).
Mr. Bledsoe also has experience in the permitting and development of energy projects, both fossil fuel fired and renewable. He has obtained federal, state and local approvals for projects involving intricate air quality issues, crafting innovative solutions to problems associated with the scarcity of required air emission offsets. He also has secured and defended water quality and wetlands permits before both the US Army Corps of Engineers and the State Water Resources Control Board. He also possesses extensive transactional experience, having represented buyers, sellers and lenders in matters involving environmental liabilities related to real estate and business transactions, complicated mergers and acquisitions, and access to capital markets.