COER adds renowned attorney Barbara Lichman, Ph.D.

The Citizens Of Ebey’s Reserve For A Healthy, Safe and Peaceful Environment is pleased to announce that they have retained nationally renowned aviation attorney Ms. Barbara Lichman of the firm BuchalterNemer to further their goal of permanently closing OLF Coupeville to military flight training. In addition to consulting with their present capable attorney in Seattle, Mr. David Mann, who is handling their NEPA claim against the U. S. Navy in the U.S. District Court For the Western District of Washington, Ms. Lichman will be exploring potential claims against the Navy under The Hazardous Waste Act, The Clean Air Act, four countywide inverse condemnation claims due to the Navy’s taking without compensation property values from thousands of real property owners in Island, Skagit, San Juan and Jefferson Counties, which taking results from the introduction of the EA18G Growler aircraft and possible claims against Island County under the State Environmental Policy Act.

Barbara Lichman, Ph.D.Orange County, CA
Of Counsel
phone (949) 224-6292
fax (949) 224-6480

Barbara E. Lichman, Ph.D., has an extensive and successful record representing airports, municipalities, developers, and other public and private clients in litigation and administrative proceedings under Federal Aviation statutes such as the Airline Deregulation Act and Airport Noise and Capacity Act; the California Public Utilities Code governing land use in airport environs (Aeronautics Act); and federal and state environmental statutes including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Clean Air Act, the Federal Clean Water Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, and the California Coastal Act. She has also successfully represented clients in litigation involving land use issues such as inverse condemnation, development agreements and specific plan amendments. Dr. Lichman holds a doctorate in urban and regional planning.

Dr. Lichman’s experience is both national and international. As a Registered Federal Lobbyist, Dr. Lichman successfully lobbied and testified before Congress on behalf of aircraft owners and operators on issues including the grant of investment tax credits for noise reduction of aircraft engines. She also served as counsel to Air AAA Group, a consortium of international architectural, engineering and construction companies in their airport development activities at Pudong Airport, Shanghai, China. Dr. Lichman served as managing partner of Chevalier, Allen & Lichman, LLP, for sixteen years.

Dr. Lichman’s clients include public entities, airport owners/sponsors, land developers, major power generating companies, ports, fixed-base operators (FBOs) and aircraft owners. She is also experienced in representing airlines and their insurance companies in air crash personal injury and wrongful death litigation.

Published Cases

United States Courts of Appeals

Tinicum Township, Pa. v. U.S. Dept. of Transp., 685 F.3d 288 (3rd Cir. 2012)

41 North 73 West, Inc. v. U.S. D.O.T., 408 Fed.Appx. 393 (2nd Cir. 2010)

City of Las Vegas, Nev. v. F.A.A., 570 F.3d 1109 (9th Cir. 2009)

County of Delaware, Pa. v. Department of Transp., 554 F.3d 143 (D.C. Cir. 2009)

City of Olmsted Falls, Ohio v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 435 F.3d 632 (6th Cir. 2006)

City of Olmsted Falls, OH v. F.A.A., 292 F.3d 261 (D.C. Cir. 2002)

State Courts of Appeal

Olmsted Falls v. Jones, 152 Ohio App.3d 282 (Ohio App. 10th Dist. 2003)

Citizens for Jobs and the Economy v. County of Orange, 94 Cal.App.4th 1311 (2002)

U.S. District Courts

City of Tempe, AZ v. F.A.A., 239 F.Supp.2d 55 (D.D.C. 2003)

City of Olmsted Falls v. U.S. E.P.A., 266 F.Supp.2d 718 (N.D. Ohio 2003)

City of Olmsted Falls v. U.S. E.P.A., 233 F.Supp.2d 890 (N.D. Ohio 2002)

Recent Presentations & Publications

Commentary, “Attorney Confident City will Win Appeal,” South Everett Beacon, December 26, 2012

Media Mention, “Mukilteo Seeks Others in Fight Against Paine Field Flights,“ The Herald, December 19, 2012

Media Mention, “City to Appeal FAA’s Paine Field Ruling,” Mukilteo, December 19, 2012

“Federal Agencies Take Coordinated Steps to Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing,” Inside Counsel, May 30, 2012

“The Forest Service Crosses Swords with Ski Area Operators Over Water Rights,” Inside Counsel, May 16, 2012

“The Obama Administration Agrees to Expedite Development of Great Lakes Offshore Wind Projects,” Inside Counsel,, May 2, 2012

“The Department of the Interior Releases its Final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines,” Inside Counsel, April 18, 2012

“When it Comes to Airport Noise Regulation, ‘Big Brother’ is Watching You,” Inside Counsel, April 4, 2012

“FAA Reauthorization Act Exempts Next-Gen Airspace Redesign Projects From Environmental Review,” Inside Counsel, March 21, 2012

“Streaming Environmental Review: Myth or Reality?” The Air and Space Lawyer, American Bar Association, Vol. 15, No. 3, Winter 2011

Dr. Lichman earned her J.D. at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law in 1988 after receiving her M.P.L. and Ph.D. from the USC School of Urban and Regional Planning. She earned her B.A. at Brandeis University.

Areas of Practice

Land Use

Bar Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Tucson Division
U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, Northern Division

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