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.