Dan Quinley brings an impressive record of environmental study, publishing and legal experience to his representation of Somach Simmons & Dunn clients.
A recent environmental law fellow at the prestigious California Environmental Law & Policy Center, Dan has been at the forefront of research on environmental law, and his analysis of renewable energy tax programs was published in the Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. Prior to that, he was involved in cutting-edge environmental issues as Executive Editor of Environs: Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. Added to his research and publishing accomplishments is a practical background in environmental law gained through experience as a Policy & Regulatory Affairs Clerk at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
He works with Somach Simmons & Dunn clients on a variety of issues involving local government, the Endangered Species Act and other federal regulations, and water rights. He represents clients in complex federal water rights disputes in Arizona, including issues of federal contracting and Indian water law. He guides clients through the Endangered Species Act permitting process and has helped defend allegations of “take” stemming from the exercise of water rights. He also counsels clients regarding the existence and status of pre-1914 appropriative, riparian, and groundwater rights throughout California.
Outside of work, Dan can be found—or more likely not found—exploring forgotten roads and trails on his Triumph Scrambler, a motorcycle that has taken him everywhere from rural Australia’s Great Ocean Road to the Sierra Nevada high country.