Direct, earnest, astute.

Andrew C. Bell advises clients on the permitting of large-scale energy and real estate development projects on private lands in California and on federal public lands across the western United States. He represents some of America’s largest private and publicly traded corporations before local, state and federal regulatory agencies on a daily basis, from Washington D.C. down to city councils.

Andrew’s practice focuses on environmental impact review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), permitting under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and California’s planning and zoning laws, incidental take authorizations under the Endangered Species Act, and compliance with other related federal and California natural resources laws.

Before deciding to found ACB, Mr. Bell was a Partner at the law firms of Downey Brand LLP and Marten Law PLLC.



  • J.D., University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law (2004)
  • B.A., University of Chicago (2000)
  • M.A., magna cum laude with distinction, Cornell University (1999)
  • Turkish (proficient)


Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of California


Professional Activities

  • Member, State Bar of California, Environmental Law and Real Property Law sections
  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco, Environmental and Real Property section
  • Member, American Wind Energy Association
  • Member, Power Association of Northern California
  • Member, Urban Land Institute