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January 11, 2024  |  Written by Somach Simmons & Dunn

Somach Simmons & Dunn Congratulates Alyson Ackerman and Michael Daugherty on Elevation to Shareholders

We are excited to announce that Alyson Ackerman and Michael Daugherty have been elevated to shareholders in the firm.

“I’m delighted to celebrate Aly and Michael’s promotions,” said managing shareholder Theresa Barfield. “Aly and Michael consistently demonstrate superior legal expertise, work ethic and dedication to the firm’s clients, with creative and individualized solutions to unique challenges. Not only do they demonstrate exemplary commitment to the firm’s clients, Aly and Michael are steadfast colleagues; they’re the kind of professionals who bridge connections between our California and Colorado offices, fostering a sense of unity within our firm.”

Not only do they demonstrate exemplary commitment to the firm’s clients, Aly and Michael are steadfast colleagues; they’re the kind of professionals who bridge connections between our California and Colorado offices, fostering a sense of unity within our firm.

Alyson joined the firm’s Sacramento office in 2017. She advocates for diverse clients – public water service providers, private water users, developers, motor coach manufacturers, and food processors – in various practice areas and venues. With a focus on water rights, air quality, and environmental litigation, Alyson works closely with clients to develop and implement solutions to meet her clients’ needs and achieve resolution, whether through water rights opinions, or administrative or judicial proceedings. She holds a J.D. cum laude from Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Michael joined the firm’s Boulder office in 2022. He provides legal advice regarding water rights, water quality, and land use to a variety of clients, including public entities, ranches, resorts, and universities. His clients benefit from his broad legal experience as well as his unique perspective gained through his prior work in Indian Country. Michael received his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School with a certificate in Natural Resources Law and Policy.


Somach Simmons & Dunn is a midsize environmental and water law firm, with offices in California, Colorado, and the District of Columbia. The firm’s attorneys represent public and private sector clients across a range of water, air, and land disciplines, including litigation, transactional, and public policy matters.

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