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Jesse J. Yang

Jesse J. Yang provides clients representation in an array of matters concerning environmental compliance associated with securing and defending land use entitlements. He has 30 years of experience involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). As a partner at TAYLOR, WILEY & KEASLING, Jesse advises private and public sector clients regarding various aspects of CEQA and NEPA compliance, including, but not limited to, preparing, reviewing and commenting on the adequacy of CEQA and NEPA documents and defending the adequacy of such documents. He has made court appearances at both trial and appellate courts in defense of environmental documents. Jesse also advises clients on a variety of other land use and environmental matters, including, but not limited to, compliance with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA), the Williamson Act, and the State Planning and Zoning Law.

Originally from San Luis Obispo, Jesse has lived in the Sacramento region since 1994. He and his wife enjoy the local dining and craft beer scenes, travel, and life with their dogs.  Jesse is also an avid mountain biker and snowboarder.


  • University of California, Irvine (B.S., Biological Sciences, 1990)
  • Seattle University School of Law (J.D., 1994)


  • University of California Regents Scholarship recipient
  • University of California Alumni Scholarship recipient

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Environmental Professionals (Legislative Review Committee, 1996-2000)
  • State Bar Environmental Law Section

Community Involvement

  • Celebrate Natomas Steering Committee (2009-2010)
  • Celebrate Sacramento Steering Committee (2011-2013)


  • State of California: 1995

Published Court Decisions

  • Western Placer Citizens for an Agricultural and Rural Environment v. County of Placer, et al. (2006) 144 Cal.App.4th 890, which upheld an environmental impact report (EIR) that was prepared for an aggregate mining and reclamation project in Placer County.
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