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Contact Information
San Bernardino Office
550 E. Hospitality Lane
Suite 300
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Tel: (909) 890-4499
Fax: (909) 890-9877

Practice Areas

  • Land Use
  • Logistics
  • Litigation


  • LL.M., Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, 2007
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 2004
  • B.A., Law & Society, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001, with distinction


  • California, 2005
  • Oregon, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, 2007




Jonathan Shardlow is the Practice Group Leader of the Land Use and Litigation practice groups, representing landowners, developers, and businesses in a variety of land use litigation and transactional matters. He focuses on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance and litigation, advising private clients on state and federal environmental laws, while providing civil litigation services prosecuting and defending claims that arise due to these laws.  Mr. Shardlow also assists clients in the preparation of documents required by the CEQA and the National Environmental Policy Act, including notices, exemptions, addenda, negative declarations, and environmental impact reports and statements.

Mr. Shardlow’s environmental litigation experience includes defending clients against claims alleging violations of CEQA and the Clean Water Act.  He provides counsel and litigation services on land use matters involving development impact fees, development agreements and entitlements, subdivisions, general and specific plan adoption and amendments, conditional use permits, variances, and zoning.  Mr. Shardlow is also the author of several successful land use initiatives.


  • Advisory Board Member, California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter
  • Contributing Editor, California Water Law & Policy Reporter
  • State Bar of California Environmental Law Section—Environmental Law News “Analyzing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under CEQA: Why the Questions Left Unanswered by Newhall Ranch Have Demonstrated the Need for an Update to the CEQA Guidelines.” (Fall 2017, Vol. 26, No. 2).
  • State Bar of California Environmental Law Section—Environmental Law News “Public Interest Standing Under CEQA—Will We Ever Learn What Types of ‘Urgent Considerations’ Outweigh a Petitioner’s Standing?” (Spring 2017, Vol. 26, No. 1).


  • NAIOP Inland Empire Board of Director
  • NAIOP Inland Empire Legislative Affairs Committee


  • Speaker, 2019, Association of Environmental Professionals, Warehousing in the Inland Empire
  • Speaker, 2019 California Land Use Law & Policy Conference – Navigating Changes in California Land Use Law, Policy and Planning for 2019 and Beyond, “The California Supreme Court and CEQA: What the Recent Decisions Tell Us About the Future of CEQA Review”
  • Speaker, 2018 California Land Use Law & Policy Conference – Making Sense of a New Landscape in California Land Use Law and Policy, “Essential Changes to CEQA Law and Guidelines You Must Know to Be Effective”
  • Speaker, 2017 California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA): CEQA Litigation Strategies For Mining and Mining Site Reuse Development Projects
  • Faculty, 2017 CEQA Essentials: An Introduction and Intermediate-Level Training Workshop
  • Faculty, 2016 Advanced CEQA Workshop
  • Speaker, 2015 California Water Laws and Regulations, Emerging Issues in California Water Law
  • Speaker, 2015 California Land Use Law & Policy Conference – Successfully Scaling the Land Use and Natural Resources Hurdles of 2015 and Beyond, “Emerging CEQA Issues in Residential and Commercial Development”
  • Faculty, 2014 CEQA Essentials: An Introduction and Intermediate-Level Training Workshop
  • Speaker, 2014 California Land Use Law & Policy Conference – Staying Ahead of the Curve – Land Use and Natural Resource Issues for the Next Economic Cycle, “Breathing New Life into Old Entitlements to Fit New Demands”
  • Speaker, 2021, NAIOP Working Together – Commercial Real Estate Summit
  • Speaker, 2021, Inland Valley Development Agency – Logistics Development Conference


  • Rising Stars List, Southern California Super Lawyers and Los Angeles Magazines, 2012-2018

Representative Matters

  • Mr. Shardlow represents mid-size to Fortune 500 companies in land use litigation, including CEQA litigation, throughout all phases of trial, including the handling of appeals.  In addition, he also represents these same clients in securing land use entitlements throughout the state.


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