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Education

  • Cornell University (J.D., 1984)
  • Grinnell College (B.A., 1979)

Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • Oregon

Paul S. Simmons
Special Counsel

Paul Simmons has built a respected career in water law and has a reputation as a go-to expert and problem-solver for clients in water resource and environmental issues.

For 30 years, Paul has focused on water rights and environmental issues affecting water resources. He is widely known for his extensive involvement in the Klamath Basin of Oregon and California, where he represents irrigation interests from both states and has led a coalition of 20 parties in an ongoing general stream adjudication involving hundreds of parties; and counseled, litigated, and represented clients in state and federal legislative forums on matters involving bi-state water rights, endangered species, water quality, tribal, and public land issues. He has been a lead negotiator for multi-party settlement agreements.

That work has typified his overall practice, which has served clients throughout California and in other states on surface and groundwater rights, endangered species, and water quality matters. He is a frequent speaker on issues of water and environmental law.  Recently, Paul, with support from the firm, decided to focus on work for the Klamath Water Users Association as its Executive Director and Counsel.

An atypical traveler, Paul has been to all 50 of the United States and throughout the Americas, including time as an exchange student in Medellin, Colombia, and hiking the Inca Trail. He and his wife design domestic travel around hiking, baseball, and art.

Education

  • Cornell University (J.D., 1984)
  • Grinnell College (B.A., 1979)

Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • Oregon