Breann M. Moebius
- Real Estate & Land Use
Litigation & Arbitration
2150 River Plaza Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833
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Breann M. Moebius primarily handles land use matters for public agency and private clients. Bre strategizes with her clients during project development, environmental review, and the entitlement process to obtain approvals for complex development projects, including residential subdivisions, commercial facilities, interchanges and bridges, and a landfill expansion. Bre’s expertise with the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) and state Planning and Zoning Law enable her to implement creative solutions and develop a defensible record to deter or significantly shorten litigation. While she seeks to avoid the cost and delay from CEQA challenges and has negotiated numerous favorable settlements for her clients, Bre is ready to litigate when necessary and vigorously defend CEQA challenges in trial and appellate courts.
Bre is known for her ability to analyze and clearly explain complex issues in writing and orally to diverse audiences, including judges, local agency elected and appointed officials, engineers, and her clients. As a Senior Law Clerk for Judge Shubb for over nine years, she drafted over 100 proposed decisions in civil and criminal cases, including a published Ninth Circuit decision. She sharpened her oral presentation skills as a visiting professor of law at both U.C. Davis School of Law and Pacific McGeorge School of Law for six years where she taught Civil Rights Litigation courses.
Prior to joining Hefner Law, Bre honed her land use and public agency expertise as a Deputy County Counsel with El Dorado County where she represented the Planning Commission and successfully defended the County in CEQA challenges to private and public projects. She has extensive experience drafting local government ordinances, including five ballot measures that provided for the permitting and taxation of a commercial cannabis program and ordinances addressing rebuilding after the Caldor Fire, civil code enforcement, and illegal camping. Bre also handled tribal/gaming issues, including AB 52 consultation and negotiating a tax sharing agreement for sales at a tribal gas station.
The breadth of Bre’s local government experience enables her to provide comprehensive advice to both agency and private clients. At El Dorado County, her departmental clients included Planning and Building, Transportation, Chief Administrative Office, Environmental Management, Air Quality Management District, Airports, Cemeteries, and Zones of Benefit. She provided legal advice on the broad array of issues facing those departments, including constitutional limits on government action, such as procedural due process and First Amendment, public works contracting, Brown Act, Public Records Act, Mitigation Fee Act, code enforcement, civil enforcement against a gas station, and more. She also served as the Acting Assistant Director of the Planning and Building Department and managed four programs for the Department.
Bre graduated first in her class from Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 2007 and served as Editor-in-Chief of the McGeorge Law Review. She received the Outstanding Senior Student Award and First Honors and Witkin Award in Trial Advocacy. She also received Witkin Awards for the highest grades in Civil Procedure, Legal Research and Writing, Negotiations and Settlement, Business Associations, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility, and Community Property.
PERSONAL ACTIVITIES & AFFILIATIONS
Throughout her career, Bre has contributed to the legal community and served as the President of the Sacramento Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and as a member of its board for nine years. She also served on the Judicial Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of California, Board of Trustees for the El Dorado County Law Library, Federal Courts Committee of the California State Bar, and board of the Sacramento County Bar Association. She has taught at numerous educational conferences, including presenting at the Land Use and Environmental Law and Regulation study sections of the County Counsels’ Association, moderating a panel discussion with United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, and serving as a lecturer for the National Business Institute.
Bre and her husband have two adventurous children and she volunteers in their classes and leads her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. On the weekends, she enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and picnicking. She is a nature enthusiast and enjoys exploring scenic places.