He has had broad exposure to the water legislation that impacts California water users around the state, and has had a particular focus on analyzing Bay-Delta water rights and water quality legal issues.
At Somach Simmons & Dunn, he has worked on a number of water law matters including drafting a multi-species habitat implementing agreement, providing advice on a challenge to state water board fees, and reviewing issues that arise out of water transfers.
He has worked as a legislative analyst at the State Water Resources Control Board, as well as performed legislative and policy work for the Conservation Strategy Group and the Planning and Conservation League. During law school, he had tenures with the Yolo County Counsel’s Office, the Office of the California Attorney General, and the Orange County Counsel’s Office.
He earned both a J.D and a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School. As part of his M.S.E.L. program, he focused on many areas of natural resources law including water rights, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Land Use, Takings Law and Administrative Law and Procedure.
While based in South Royalton, Vermont, a town of less than 500 located on the White River, he learned the art of fly fishing—a passion that has easily transferred to the American River and other California waterways.