Tony LoPresti

Assistant County Counsel 

Tony LoPresti joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2018 and was appointed an Assistant County Counsel in 2020.  He oversees the Office’s Environment and Land Use Team, which advises the Board of Supervisors, Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Health, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Planning and Development, Roads and Airports Department, and the Office of Sustainability on novel areas of the law impacting the environment, land use, and sustainability within Santa Clara County.  He also oversees the Office’s Civil and Code Enforcement Team and the Office’s advice and representation of the Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement.  Since 2020, Tony has been assigned to work on matters related to the County’s COVID-19 response.  Tony advises the Board of Supervisors’ Housing, Land Use, Environment, and Transportation Committee.

Before joining the office, Tony practiced environmental, labor, and employment law at Altshuler Berzon LLP, a public interest firm based in San Francisco, and served as a law clerk to Judge Roger L. Gregory on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and Judge Richard A. Paez on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Prior to law school, Tony served as a policy advocate and campaign director at Environmental Health Coalition, an environmental justice organization active in the San Diego/Tijuana border region.

Tony’s professional expertise includes:

  • Environmental law
  • Labor and employment law
  • Litigation


  • U.C. Berkeley School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2012
    • Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service
    • Sandals Fellowship for Environmental Leadership
    • Coblentz Land Use Fellow
  • U.C. Santa Cruz, B.A., Latin American Latino Studies, Highest Honors, 2003

Professional Associations

  • Board Member, California Rural Legal Assistance (2015-2021)

Prior Experience

  • Associate at Altshuler Berzon LLP (2016-2018)
  • Litigation Fellow at Altshuler Berzon/Natural Resources Defense Council (2014-2016)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard A. Paez, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2013-2014)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Roger L. Gregory, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2012-2013)
  • Campaign Director/Policy Advocate, Environmental Health Coalition (2005-2009)
  • Research Associate, Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community (2003-2005)

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