Stuart G. Nielson

Environmental and Land Use – Water and Wastewater Law

 A Ventura native, Stuart appreciates the unique benefits and opportunities that come with living and working in Ventura County. With his practice focused on complex real estate and land use issues, environmental compliance, business transactions and public agency representation, he helps ensure the county’s continued high quality of life. He has successfully represented clients before federal, state and local agencies on a wide range of land use, environmental and other real property matters, and has considerable expertise with the complex body of laws and regulations applicable to the ownership, use and development of real estate, including the California Environmental Quality Act, California Coastal Act and Subdivision Map Act. He has also assisted numerous clients in navigating their way through complicated sales, acquisitions, entitlement and other transactional matters.

Through his father’s work as a real estate attorney, Stuart from an early age witnessed the distinct challenges and rewards that practicing law in Ventura County provides. Stuart also gained a profound appreciation for the character and history of the region and the opportunities for meaningful contribution to the local community. These early experiences left a lasting impression on Stuart and continue to have a strong influence on his legal practice and personal life.

Stuart received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997, and earned his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2001. At Hastings, Stuart was a member of the Hastings Law Journal and served as an editor of the West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. He graduated from Hastings magna cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif, one of the highest honors a law student can receive. Stuart was admitted to the California State Bar in 2001.

Prior to joining A to Z Law, Stuart was an associate in the Environment, Land & Resources Department in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins, and an associate in the Real Estate and Public Law Practice Groups at Hatch & Parent in Santa Barbara.

Stuart was honored in 2011 as one of the Pacific Coast Business Times’ 40 Under 40. Stuart is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ventura Botanical Gardens, and also serves on the Lawyer Referral and Information Service Committee of the Ventura County Bar Association. He has assisted a number of local nonprofit organizations with various projects on a pro bono basis, including the Museum of Ventura County and the Ventura Botanical Gardens, which he assisted in finalizing a long-term lease with the City of Ventura to secure a site for the future development of the gardens in Grant Park.

Stuart can be reached at (805) 988-9886 or