Here's a sample of how Cory Briggs is described in the article by Dillon:
The article presents both sides to a conflicting story. Is he an environmental crusader, protecting John and Jane Q against greedy developers, or is he an opportunist, using smoke and mirrors to profit while damaging economic developer?
On the one hand, "Briggs’ primary opponent is Wal-Mart. It’s nothing personal against the world’s largest retailer – the company just happens to want to build projects that are bad for the environment and don’t react kindly to his clients’ demands, he said. Briggs believes he’s a fierce advocate for citizens who can’t take on powerful developers by themselves."
On the other hand, the San Francisco office of the law firm Holland & Knight "tracked all the CEQA suits in California for three years, ending in 2012. Briggs was responsible for 32 of them, about 5 percent of the total. No lawyer in the state filed more than Briggs in that time."
On the latter point, the article also details how many of the organizations Briggs represent seem to have dubious memberships and agendas, if any.