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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

Practice areas


  1. Environmental: 70%
    12 years
  2. Administrative Law: 30%
    12 years



Hourly ($175-225/hour), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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175 S Main St Ste 1330
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateSomach Simmons & Dunn2006 - 2009
Associate AttorneyEllison Schnider & Harris2003 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationPublic Service Vice Chair, Water Resource Committee2009 - Present
Sacramento River Watershed ProgramBoard of Directors2007 - 2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brigham Young UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
University of California at Davis School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Water Transfers and Supply Development: Meeting California's Growing Water NeedsArea-of-Origin Water Rights2009
13th World Water CongressDoes U.S. Takings Law Provide a Good Model for International Water Right Expropriation Cases?2008
Water Reuse Association 2007 California Section Annual ConferenceCase Studies of Conflicts Between the Water Rights Process and Water Recycling Policies: Obtaining A Change Petition to Use Recycled Water2007