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Melissa Anne Thorme

Melissa Anne Thorme

Practice areas:

Environmental and Natural Resources, Administrative Law, Litigation

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Environmental and Natural Resources: 60%
  2. Litigation: 20%
  3. Administrative Law: 20%


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Contact Info


621 Capitol Mall, 18th Floor
Sacramento, CA, 95814-4731




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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Literature for the Environment (LiFE) AwardBob Rich2010
Best LawyersSacramento Business Journal2009
Environmental Litigation - Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Literature for the Environment (LiFE) AwardBob Rich2005
Roscoe Hogan Env'l Law Essay ContestRoscoe Pound Foundation1991
Martin Luther King Jr. Service AwardKing Hall Law Students Association1990
LEXIS Excellence in Writing AwardLexisNexis1989

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerDowney Brand LLP2000 - Present
CounselBeveridge & Diamond1999 - 2000
Regulatory Specialist/Environmental ScientistLarry Walker Associates1993 - 1999
Law Fellow/Asst DirectorTulane Environmental Law Clinic1990 - 1992


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)Clean Water Subcommittee Chair2002 - 2005
State Bar of CaliforniaEnvironmental Law Section member2000 - Present
California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA)Attorneys Committee member1994 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
City of Burbank v. State Water Resources Control BoardRemanded to trial court for further hearing

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Publication NameTitleDate
Environmental Law ReporterAntibacksliding: Understanding One of the Most Misunderstood Provisions of the Clean Water Act2001
13 Tulane Environmental Law Journal 71Clean Water Act Section 305(b): A Potential Vehicle for Incorporating Economics into the TMDL and Water Quality Standards-Setting Processes1999
WE&T, Legal PerspectiveThe Hidden Dangers of the Innovative and Alternative Grants Program1998
5 Tulane Environmental Law Journal 101Local to Global: Citizen's Legal Rights and Remedies Relating to Toxic Waste Dumps1991
19 Denver Journal of International Law & Policy 301Establishing Environment as a Human Right1991
13 Environs 29Central Valley Water Allocations; The Wildlife Perspective1989


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolN/ALL.M - Master of Laws1992
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of California - DavisEcologyM.S.1988
California State University, California Polytechnic State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1985

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Nevada Water Laws and RegulationsClean Water Act Compliance Issues2010
CCCCAA Membership LuncheonSewer Overflows, Storm Water and Citizen Suits2010
CASQA 6th Annual ConferenceAntibacksliding and Antidegradation2010
CASA Annual ConferencePermit Negotiation Tools2006
Lorman CLEStormwater Legal Update2005
CASA Annual ConferenceBe Afraid, Very Afraid: Current Enforcement Issues2003
AMSA Legal Affairs ConferenceLos Angeles Stormwater Permit Case Study2003
ACWA ConferenceNavigating Troubled Waters: Legal Issues Under the Clean Water Act2003
Tri-TAC meetingPollution Prevention (P2) – What's in the Law?2002