Nicholas Targ practices environmental and land use law with the San Francisco office of the international law firm, Holland and Knight LLP. His practice focuses on complex redevelopment projects, environmental compliance and government advocacy. Representative work includes strategic legal advice on brownfields redevelopment, Superfund compliance, environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, and state and federal grant and policy advocacy. Mr. Targ has successfully advocated for infill funding and policy initiatives on behalf of public, private and nonprofit coalition clients.
Nicholas' grandmother, Dr. Regina Pustan, an immigrant, was a welder in the San Juan (Washington) ship yards during World War II. He grew-up understanding the critical importance of industry, labor and perseverance.
Before joining Holland & Knight, Nicholas served in leadership positions with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance, including Counsel and Associate Director to the Office of Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C.
Nicholas also served in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of the Interior, representing the Department on a wide range of natural resources, park system, and hazardous materials issues. While at Interior, he had the good fortune to work with National Park Service Director, Roger Kennedy, and Judy Hart, who managed the legislation establishing the Rosie the Riveter / WWII Home Front National Historical Park and later served as the Park's first superintendent.
Committed to service and scholarship, Nicholas co-founded the Howard University School of Law Environmental Law and Sustainability Program and taught environmental law and environmental justice as an adjunct professor. Presently, he is an adjunct professor at UC Hastings School of Law, teaching land use law. In 2013 Nicholas was recognized by the American Bar Association, with Environment, Energy and Resources Section "Dedication to Justice and Diversity Award."