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Adrian LeCesne

Bar Admissions

- Massachusetts

- California


- J.D. and M.S. - Stanford University, 2013

- B.A. - Yale University, 2009

Professional Associations

- Massachusetts Bar Association

- Mansfield Planning Board

- Professor of Environmental Law at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Adrian LeCesne is a civil litigator in Mansfield, Massachusetts specializing in environmental, land use, and immigration law. He provides expert, personalized representation at a cost significantly lower than large firms. He will go the extra mile for you to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome—whether that’s a judgment, a settlement, or an adjustment of status—you will have someone on your side!

After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2013, Adrian practiced in the energy and natural resources groups of two national law firms, one in Kansas City, the other in San Diego. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of Environmental Law at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and serves on the Planning Board in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Adrian has worked with government agencies, multinational corporations, consultants, and asylum seekers alike; he understands that every client is different and has unique needs. He will listen to you, make sure that you understand what your options are, and relentlessly work to achieve your goals.

"You deserve quality legal representation that won't break the bank."

Adrian LeCesne helps clients draft filings, obtain permits, and conduct detailed due diligence reports for projects involving natural resources. He can navigate the complex requirements of any energy project proposal. Adrian has worked on a variety of energy projects involving solar, natural gas, oil, and wind, as well as various related matters such as leasing, pooling, soil contamination, water use, geothermal power, and proscriptive easements.

Adrian studied for a year at the People’s University of China through a Chinese Government Fellowship. He is fluent in Mandarin.

Adrian’s mission is to protect the earth and the rights and dignity of its people. If you are in need, contact him now!


Law Office of Adrian LeCesne, San Diego, CA and Mansfield, MA.

Principal, June 2017—Present.

  • Civil litigation including homeowners’ associations, landlords, and insurers; municipal contract drafting; immigration, including removal defense, detention bond hearings, family and business immigration based immigration. Special experience with aliens with advanced degrees or businesses from China.

  • Member of San Diego Chamber of Commerce Housing and Infrastructure Sub-Committee.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School of Law, Dartmouth, MA.

Adjunct Professor of Legal Skills, September 2018 – Present.

  • Teach Legal Skills III and Environmental Law courses; advise students on professional direction; independent research & writing projects.

Kelly, Souza, Rocha, and Parmenter, Providence, RI.

Associate, April 2019- to October 2019.

  • Civil litigation relating to the management of limited partnerships and trusts by fiduciaries; bad faith insurance claims and appraisal award challenges; zoning and permit issuance challenges for homeowners and builders; construction disputes; and commercial site environmental liability suits.

  • Drafted complaints, motions for summary judgment, motions for statutory and discretionary fee awards and reimbursements, scheduling orders, and a variety of discovery requests and responses.

  • Drafted arbitration/mediation statements for personal injury and partnership management cases.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, San Diego, CA.

Associate in the Natural Resources Practice Group, January 2016-May 2017.

  • Drafted letters for San Diego County Water Authority, managed administrative record for rate litigation

  • Defended industrial clients from Clean Water Act lawsuits under the 2014 Industrial General Permit; advised businesses on environmental compliance matters and stormwater best management practices.

  • Advised developers on CEQA compliance; assisted developers with acquiring water rights, setting sewage rates, and earning various land use permits from municipal governments.

  • Representative to San Diego Chamber of Commerce Energy and Water Sub-Committee.

Polsinelli Law Firm, Kansas City, MO.

Associate in the Energy Practice Group, November 2013-November 2015.

  • Analyzed hundreds of related leases for wind transmission developer; resolved easement other site issues.

  • Drafted motions and briefs in natural gas pipeline proceedings before Kansas Corporation Commission

  • Defended a municipal public utility’s annexation of part of a cooperative’s service territory.

  • Drafted transactional documents for a Colorado distributed solar company’s sale of a large portfolio to a national energy company.

  • Conducted environmental due diligence for an oil and gas developer acquiring a large Wyoming oilfield.

  • Researched surface water, lease, and pipeline permits for a future chemical plant in Illinois.

California Attorney General’s Office, Los Angeles, CA

Summer Intern in the Natural Resources Department, July 2012-August 2012.

  • Drafted memos on issues including the availability of punitive damages in fraud actions, admissibility of evidence in administrative mandamus actions, reverse validation actions, the evidentiary burden for proscriptive easements, quashing subpoenas duces tecum, and domestication of judgments in other states.

Nossaman LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Summer Associate in the Infrastructure Practice Group, June 2012 -July 2012

  • Drafted memos on deference to state DOT’s, indemnification, notice for removal and relocation of utilities, right-of-way issues, federal jurisdiction questions, and compliance with state procurement regulations.

  • Reviewed contract materials for the California High-Speed Rail, the Port of Long Beach Bridge Replacement in Los Angeles, and the I-35E toll road in Texas.

Mills Environmental Law Clinic, Stanford, CA

Certified Law Student, April 2012 – June 2012

  • Drafted memos on CEQA related to geothermal power litigation and challenge to an EIR certification.

  • Involved in taking and defending depositions in agricultural runoff litigation.

National Park Service, Yosemite National Park, CA

Legal Intern in the Office of the Superintendent, June 2011-August 2011

  • Analyzed Draft Merced River Plan and Tuolumne River Plan for compliance with NEPA, CEQA, and the Wilde and Scenic Rivers Act.