Nicholas C. Yost Esq.

Yost, Nicholas C.

Mr. Yost is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Dentons, where the focus of his practice is environmental law. Mr. Yost counsels clients on compliance with such laws, obtaining permits and authorizations under federal and state environmental laws, representation of clients before federal and state agencies on environmental matters, Washington advocacy, handling environmental due diligence, and litigation.

The focus of his practice involves counseling, document review, administrative proceedings and litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and its state analogues, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). As general counsel of the President's Council on Environmental Quality, Mr. Yost was lead draftsperson of the federal government's NEPA regulations and has played a comparably significant role in the development of CEQA.

Examples of his practice include successful representation of clients in taking major projects through NEPA and related environmental permit processes, such as airport expansions (Philadelphia, San Jose); land developments; international and interstate natural gas pipelines; electrical power plants; highway, bridge and light rail projects; and Indian gaming and other facilities.

Mr. Yost has also represented the pharmaceutical industry and the veterinary pharmaceutical industry in environmental regulatory reform issues in Washington, DC; led negotiations among responsible parties at hazardous waste sites; and worked with federal and state trustees under the Oil Pollution Act concerning Natural Resources Damages (NRD) arising from an oil spill from an OCS drilling platform.

Mr. Yost previously directed the Washington office of the Center for Law in the Public Interest, served as General Counsel for the Council on Environmental Quality in the Executive Office of the President, and was the the Deputy Attorney General in charge of the Environmental Unit of the State of California's Department of Justice.

Mr. Yost served as a Captain in the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division. He earned his A.B., (with honors), from Princeton University, and his LL.B. from the University of California.


Author of BBNA Corporate Practice Portfolio Series No. 27-2nd, The Environmental Impact Statement.  This portfolio examines the preparation of environmental impact statements. The portfolio discusses in detail the National Environmental Policy Act and the regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality to implement the statute. It covers pre-statement procedures, the content and format of the statement, responses to the statement, decision-making based on the statement, and the role that counsel for a private applicant should take in the statement process. Finally, the portfolio discusses aspects of NEPA litigation and touches briefly on NEPA's applicability when environmental impacts of a federal action are felt in other countries.