Since 2004, Jon has practiced natural resources and environmental law, with an
emphasis on water rights law, in Sacramento, California. He has represented
public agencies, individuals, and businesses in water, natural resources
and environmental law matters. Such matters include water rights,
water quality, recycled water use and permitting, wetlands permitting,
endangered species compliance, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
compliance, and hydropower relicensing with the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission. He has litigated in state and federal court and
appeared in administrative water rights hearings and settlement
negotiations in enforcement actions.
Jon is the Vice-Chair for the American Bar Association’s Water Law
Conference and the Public Service Vice-Chair on the ABA Water Resources
Committee. Previously, he served on the Board of Trustees for the
Sacramento River Watershed Program and on the Sacramento County Bar
Association’s Environmental Section Executive Committee.
Jon has written on varying water topics including international water
law disputes between U.S. citizens and Mexico under NAFTA, wetlands law
after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Rapanos, and the
Environmental Protection Agency’s least environmentally damaging
practicable alternative’s analysis required for all wetlands projects.
He has spoken on water law topics at conferences in Palm Springs and
Santa Barbara, California and Montpellier, France.
Jon is licensed in both Utah and California. He earned his law
degree from the University of California, Davis and his BA from Brigham
Young University. In law school, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Environs,
UC Davis’ natural resource journal. He was selected to participate on
UC Davis’ National Environmental Moot Court Team to compete at the
National Competition at Pace University. During law school he clerked
at the California Attorney General’s Office, Public Rights Division and
was a judicial extern for Magistrate Ronald Boyce, U.S. District Court,
District of Utah.
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Licensed since 2010
Hourly ($175-225/hour), Free Consultation (45 minutes)
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|Associate||Somach Simmons & Dunn||2006 - 2009|
|Associate Attorney||Ellison Schnider & Harris||2003 - 2006|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Public Service Vice Chair, Water Resource Committee||2009 - Present|
|Sacramento River Watershed Program||Board of Directors||2007 - 2010|
|Brigham Young Univ||N/A||undergraduate||N/A|
|UC Davis SOL King Hall||N/A||law||N/A|
|Water Transfers and Supply Development: Meeting California's Growing Water Needs||Area-of-Origin Water Rights||2009|
|13th World Water Congress||Does U.S. Takings Law Provide a Good Model for International Water Right Expropriation Cases?||2008|
|Water Reuse Association 2007 California Section Annual Conference||Case Studies of Conflicts Between the Water Rights Process and Water Recycling Policies: Obtaining A Change Petition to Use Recycled Water||2007|