Adrian LeCesne

“My goal is to reach the outcome you desire in the most efficient way possible.”


Adrian LeCesne is a civil litigator in San Diego, California specializing in environmental, land use, and immigration law. He provides expert, personalized representation at a cost significantly lower than large firms. He will go the extra mile for you to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome—whether that’s a judgement, a settlement, or an adjustment of status—you will have someone on your side!

After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2013, Adrian practiced in the energy and natural resources groups of two national law firms, one in Kansas City, the other in San Diego. He’s worked with government agencies, multinational corporations, consultants, and asylum seekers, and understands that every client is different and has unique needs. He will listen to you, make sure that you understand what your options are, and relentlessly work to achieve your goals.

Adrian LeCesne helps clients draft filings, obtain permits, and conduct detailed due diligence reports for projects involving natural resources. He is familiar with jurisdiction questions, state procurement regulations, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) certification, and can navigate the complex requirements of any energy project proposal. Adrian has worked on a variety of energy projects involving solar, natural gas, oil, and wind, as well as various related matters such as leasing, pooling, soil contamination, water use, geothermal power and proscriptive easements.

Adrian studied for a year at the People’s University of China through a Chinese Government Fellowship. He is fluent in Mandarin.

Adrian’s mission is to protect the earth and the rights and dignity of its people. If you are in need, contact him now!


Stanford University, Joint Degree; J.D. and MS in Environment and Resources, 2013

Activities: Stanford China Law and Policy Association, Co-President; Environmental Law Journal, Lead Article Editor; China Guiding Cases Project, Editor; Black Law Student Association, Executive Board Member; Energy Law Society Board Member; Iraqi Refugee Assistance Program, volunteer.

Yale University, B.A.; Anthropology, East Asian Studies, 2009

Activities & Fellowships: Parker Huang Undergraduate Research Fellowship; Yale Whiffenpoofs -tenor and tour manager; Yale Buddhist Society; Yale Scientific Magazine


Law Office of Adrian LeCesne, San Diego, CA

Principal, June 2017-Present

  • Civil litigation for homeowner against association for flooding; employment defamation case for nurse accused of elder abuse; filing asylum applications for political refugees and attending client’s hearings.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, San Diego, CA

Associate in the Natural Resources Practice Group, January 2016-May 2017

  • Drafted letters for San Diego County Water Authority, managed administrative record for rate litigation
  • Defended industrial clients from Clean Water Act lawsuits under the 2014 Industrial General Permit; advised businesses on environmental compliance matters and stormwater best management practices.
  • Advised developers on CEQA compliance; assisted developers with acquiring water rights, setting sewage rates, and earning various permits from municipal governments.

Polsinelli Law Firm, Kansas City, Mo

Associate in the Energy Practice Group, November 2013-November 2015

  • Drafted motions and briefs in natural gas pipeline proceedings before Kansas Corporation Commission, and defended a municipal public utility’s annexation of part of a cooperative’s service territory.
  • Drafted transactional documents for a Colorado distributed solar company’s sale of a large portfolio to a national energy company.
  • Conducted environmental due diligence for an oil and gas developer acquiring a large Wyoming oilfield.
  • Researched surface water, lease, and pipeline permits for a future chemical plant in Illinois.

California Attorney General’s Office, Los Angeles, Ca

Summer Intern in the Natural Resources Department, July 2012-August 2012.

  • Drafted memos on issues including the availability of punitive damages in fraud actions, admissibility of evidence in administrative mandamus actions, reverse validation actions, the evidentiary burden for proscriptive easements, quashing subpoenas duces tecum, and domestication of judgments in other states.

Nossaman LLP, Los Angeles, Ca

Summer Associate in the Infrastructure Practice Group, June 2012 -July 2012

  • Drafted memos on deference to state DOT’s, indemnification, notice for removal and relocation of utilities, right-of-way issues, federal jurisdiction questions, and compliance with state procurement regulations.
  • Reviewed contract materials for the California High Speed Rail, the Port of Long Beach Bridge Replacement in Los Angeles, and the I-35E toll road in Texas.

Mills Environmental Law Clinic, Stanford, Ca

Certified Law Student, April 2012 – June 2012

  • Drafted memos on CEQA related to a geothermal power litigation and challenge to an EIR certification.
  • Involved in taking and defending depositions in an agricultural runoff litigation.

National Park Service, Yosemite National Park, Ca

Legal Intern in the Office of the Superintendent, June 2011-August 2011

  • Analyzed Draft Merced River Plan and Tuolmne River Plan for compliance with NEPA, CEQA, and the Wilde and Scenic Rivers Act.

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