Law School/Year: Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, 1997
Other Graduate School/Year: San Francisco State University, Conservation Biology, 1993
College/Year: University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., Biology/Environmental Studies, 1992
City of San Diego Sewage Treatment and Water Recycling: Spearheaded challenges to the continued discharge of partially treated sewage from San Diego’s Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. Currently working with city officials on a plan to significantly increase capacity for wastewater recycling, including for use as drinking water.
City of San Diego Sewage Conveyance: Landmark settlement with City of San Diego resulted in more than $1 billion in sewage system infrastructure upgrades over a ten year period. As a result, reduced city’s annual sewage spills by more than 85 percent.
Carlsbad Desalination Project: Working with various environmental groups to require the largest proposed desalination facility in the Western Hemisphere to incorporate controls to minimize negative impacts on marine life and other coastal resources.
Marco Gonzalez is a cofounder and managing partner of Coast Law Group LLP in Encinitas. Coast Law Group LLP, recognized as one of California’s most unique law firms, provides business transactional and litigation services to a wide range of clients nationwide, while at the same time focusing significant efforts on environmental and natural resources advocacy in California and Hawaii. Gonzalez is also the founder and current executive director of the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the use of aggressive advocacy and litigation to protect coastal natural resources.
A leader for more than a decade in the San Diego and California environmental communities, Gonzalez regularly handles matters in the areas of water quality, land use, coastal natural resources, energy, transportation and endangered species. Prior to founding Coast Law Group LLP, Gonzalez was the senior attorney with San Diego Coastkeeper, an environmental organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of coastal resources throughout San Diego County. He also served as director of the San Diego Coastkeeper Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and chairman/legal counsel for the Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Chapter.
Gonzalez has lectured at universities and conferences on a number of environmental issues including Clean Water Act citizen suit enforcement, environmental activism under the California Environmental Quality Act, policy concerns with coastal desalination projects, municipal water recycling and reuse, and Mexico-U.S. border water quality. For those interested in pursuing careers in the environment, Gonzalez regularly provides mentorship to law students, young lawyers and professionals seeking new opportunities.
In addition to his efforts on behalf of nonprofit environmental groups, Gonzalez assists responsible developers seeking project entitlements from local, state, and federal agencies.
California State Bar Environmental Section; San Diego County Bar Association, Environmental Section; Surf Industry Manufacturer's Association.
Marco Gonzalez is a native of North San Diego County, where he currently lives in Encinitas with his wife and two young children. An avid surfer for more than 30 years, when the waves aren’t breaking Marco can often be found riding a mountain bike or hiking the areas he spends his working days trying to protect.