Krisha Yadav-Ranjan draws upon her experience in civil and environmental litigation and background in toxicology to support client cases where a scientific perspective is an important complement to the practice of law.
Prior to joining Somach Simmons & Dunn, Krisha handled litigation cases at two southern California law firms, worked with the in-house counsel team of a biotechnology company, and drafted patent applications for inventions developed by medical professionals. She also worked as a research scientist at the Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment in California’s Environmental Protection Agency in Sacramento. There she prepared research and monitoring programs to address ambient airborne pesticide pollution afflicting rural environmental justice communities.
While attending DePaul University College of Law, Krisha was selected as lead article editor of the Journal of Health Care Law and represented her school at the Giles Sutherland Rich moot court competition. During her undergraduate studies in Environmental Toxicology at the University of California, Davis, Krisha served as president of MEDLIFE at UC Davis, and founder of the student organization, Womxn in STEM, a group dedicated to supporting gender-diversity within the STEM fields.
Outside of work, Krisha enjoys tending to her garden, playing tennis with friends, exploring local thrift or vintage stores, and practicing yoga.
Supported representation of Klamath water users in federal district court lawsuits challenging the Section 7 consultations on Klamath Project operations.
Represented the City of Yuba City, Solano County Water Agency, and Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District in their state court action against the California Department of Water Resources alleging a breach of their State Water Project contracts’ Table A Allocation and carryover storage provisions.
Provide ongoing regulatory and legal advice to publicly-owned treatment works, including evaluating, negotiating, and obtaining National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits issued by regional water quality control boards.
Assist with representing clients’ interests in responding to California Department of Water Resources’ Environmental Impact Report for the Delta Conveyance Project.
Represent public and private clients in environmental litigation under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRA), the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, and the Hazardous Substances Account Act.
Counsel clients regarding the application of and potential liability under CERCLA, Hazardous Substances Account Act, and RCRA.