Craig A. Tristao

ASSOCIATE
ctristao@pmelaw.com
T: 559-447-5700
F: 559-447-5600

PRACTICE FOCUS

Mr. Tristao represents clients in litigation matters involving agricultural law, environmental law, construction law, land use and natural resource law, water law, and eminent domain matters that involve the California High Speed Rail Authority. He also helps clients with regulatory compliance issues concerning the Clean Water Act, the Porter-Cologne Act, and the Clean Air Act. In addition to litigation he also represents clients before Regional Water Quality Control Boards and the State Water Resources Control Board, air districts, and the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). Mr. Tristao has represented clients in state and federal court litigation and arbitrations involving custom farming agreements, breach of contractual obligations, construction defect, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and note issuance and security agreements (NISAs).

Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. Tristao was engaged in research regarding agricultural operations and air quality, and consulted on compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

PRACTICE AREAS

Agricultural Law
Environmental Law
Litigation
Water Law

EDUCATION

San Joaquin College of Law (J.D., 2007)
University of California, Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, (B.S., 2004)

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California

POINTS OF DISTINCTION

Northern California SuperLawyers Rising Star
American FFA Degree
Witkin Award – Water Law

ORGANIZATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

California State Bar Association – Agricultural Law Section, Environmental Law Section, Litigation Section
Fresno County Bar Association – Agricultural Law Section
California League of Food Processors
Modesto Manufacturers Council
Kings County Farm Bureau
Fresno County Farm Bureau