Robert N. Kwong, Partner

Environmental and Land Use 

Robert N. KwongRobert N. Kwong brings over 25 years of experience in land use and environmental law to A to Z Law.

Prior to joining A to Z Law, Kwong was Assistant County Counsel for the County of Ventura for 11 years, providing legal counsel, litigation and transactional representation to the Resource Management Agency’s Planning, Environmental Health, Code Compliance and Building & Safety divisions. His work focused on California land use planning, permitting and zoning laws; the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); waste management issues; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); Clean Water Act issues; regulatory fees and exactions; the Brown Act Open Meetings Law; Political Reform Act; California Coastal Act and California Public Records Act matters.  He advised the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and County Planning Commission on many controversial land-use projects from the expansion of a municipal solid waste landfill in Simi Valley to the addition of an HOV lane on Highway 101 and the Channel Islands Harbor Boating Instruction and Safety Center development, among many others.

Kwong also served as general counsel to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District and its staff, handling matters related to federal and state Clean Air Acts and regulations; air quality grant programs; permitting and enforcement issues. In this capacity, Kwong was on the forefront of Climate Change laws and regulations involving the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) and the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (SB 375).

In addition, Kwong provided legal counsel to other Ventura County agencies and departments (i.e., Information Technology Services, the Channel Islands Harbor, General Services Agency, and the Human Services Agency) on numerous contractual and transactional matters.

Previously, Kwong served as General Counsel of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, based in San Francisco, from 1996 to 2002. He was Senior Deputy District Counsel of the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Diamond Bar, from 1990 to 1996; a Deputy City Attorney for the city of Los Angeles from 1989 to 1990; Corporations Counsel for the California Department of Corporations in Los Angeles, from 1987 to 1989; and a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice in Los Angeles, from 1985 to 1987.

Kwong received a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate & Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1982 as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Socio-Economic History from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts & Sciences in 1982. Kwong earned his Juris Doctorate from the Loyola School of Law in Los Angeles in 1985.

Kwong has been a featured speaker and presenter at land use and environmental conferences statewide for many years. He has been active in the Children’s Hunger Fund, serving on the board of directors from 2008 to 2012, and as the Children’s Hunger Fund’s pro bono counsel since 2012. He also teaches  an Environmental Law course at California State University, Northridge.

Kwong lives in Newbury Park with his wife of 27 years. They have three children.  Robert enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking and coaching his son’s public speaking and debate club.

Robert can be reached at 805-988-9886 or rkwong@atozlaw.com