Somach Simmons and Dunn, Attorneys at Law Somach Simmons & Dunn | Attorneys at Law

Endangered Species Act

Clients (Partial List)

  • City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department
  • County of Solano
  • Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District
  • Klamath Water Users Association
  • Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District
  • United Water Conservation District

The lawyers at Somach Simmons & Dunn have worked extensively in matters concerning endangered species, and have been involved in cutting-edge regulatory and litigation issues concerning federal and state endangered species acts. In addition, firm attorneys specialize in the often-overlapping area of wetlands regulation.  

The legal and policy issues concerning endangered species regulation are challenging and dynamic, in both water resources and land development contexts. Effective advocacy requires understanding of the federal and state legal schemes, and the ability to work with regulatory agencies. Firm attorneys assist clients who may be affected by listing of species as threatened or endangered or by the designation of critical habitat. Somach Simmons & Dunn attorneys also have broad experience with ESA consultations and biological opinions under section 7 of the federal ESA, the development of habitat conservation plans to obtain incidental take permits under section 10 of the ESA, and related state conservation planning activities.

Somach Simmons & Dunn attorneys also advise clients on compliance with wetland regulation laws, including section 404 of the Clean Water Act, which in turn often triggers endangered species considerations. Firm attorneys are adept at advancing the interests of their clients in an environmentally balanced manner and finding resolutions that move projects forward.