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January 11, 2024  |  Written by Somach Simmons & Dunn

Somach Simmons & Dunn Welcomes Appellate Strategist and Environmental Law Attorney Louinda Lacey

We are pleased to announce that Louinda Lacey has joined the firm as Of Counsel.

“I met Louinda when she was in law school almost 16 years ago. Louinda has always had a passion for environmental law and statutory and contract interpretation and loves to solve puzzles, which is why I believe she was naturally attracted to appellate law. Louinda’s extensive experience in appellate law, combined with her experience in civil litigation, regulatory enforcement defense, and lobbying, especially in the environmental law context, will complement our environmental practice in a myriad of ways,” said managing shareholder Theresa Barfield. “We’re thrilled to welcome her to the firm.”

Louinda’s extensive experience in appellate law, combined with her experience in civil litigation, regulatory enforcement defense, and lobbying, especially in the environmental law context, will complement our environmental practice in a myriad of ways.

Louinda earned her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law with a Certificate in Environmental Law while working full-time in real estate development for a Top 10 builder and simultaneously pursuing her MBA from California State University Sacramento. She graduated as Valedictorian of her law school class. After practicing and clerking at Sacramento-area environmental and real estate law firms, including Somach Simmons & Dunn, she launched her own firm dedicated to appeals, writs, and civil litigation. As a Policy Advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce, she further lobbied the Legislature, Governor’s Office, and administrative agencies on proposed legislation and regulations pertaining to environmental policy, housing and land use, and product regulation. She joined Hon. Ronald B. Robie’s chambers at the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District in 2017. In her role as lead appellate court attorney to Hon. Ronald B. Robie, Louinda learned the unique dynamics between presenting arguments at trial and on appeal.

We are excited to welcome Louinda and look forward to the valuable contributions she will bring to our clients and colleagues.


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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