Emily Martinez Lieban

Emily Martinez Lieban


Emily Lieban is an attorney in Holland & Knight's San Francisco office and a member of the firm's West Coast Land Use and Environmental Group. Ms. Lieban represents natural resources, manufacturing and energy clients in managing environmental liabilities, including challenges that arise in project development, regulatory compliance and litigation.

Ms. Lieban has represented clients in both trial and appellate proceedings concerning federal and state environmental laws and has extensive experience under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and both state and federal Endangered Species Acts. Ms. Lieban has also counseled clients on complex regulatory compliance matters before the California Public Utilities Commission, under California Proposition 65, federal and state climate programs, and other state and federal environmental, land use and natural resource laws.

In addition, Ms. Lieban also represents clients in land use matters related to project development. She has advised clients through permitting and entitlement proceedings, including use permits, development agreements and subdivision maps, and counseled clients on environmental review under CEQA and NEPA.

Previously, Ms. Lieban managed public relations and assisted in legal matters for American Indian tribes, including environmental, tax and sovereignty matters. She has also donated her time on behalf of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and as an attorney coach for Balboa High School's mock trial team.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • University of California, Davis, A.B., with highest honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • California Lawyers Association, Environmental Law Section 
  • Bar Association of San Francisco 
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) 
  • Generation Citizen, Associate Board Member
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star, Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2020