Staff

Partners

Daniel Cooper A founding partner of Lawyers for Clean Water, Daniel Cooper is a 1990 graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Cooper worked as an extern at the Natural Heritage Institute, an environmental advocacy organization, and at the California Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Enforcement Section. Since admission to the Bar in 1991, Mr. Cooper has maintained an environmental litigation practice representing a variety of non-profit groups. His primary clients have been the Keeper organizations. Mr. Cooper has been co-counsel on over 150 successful Clean Water Act enforcement actions to date, including industrial, construction, and municipal storm water enforcement, sewer system overflows, military base closures, pretreatment violations, and hazardous waste site clean up. In addition Mr. Cooper is active at the administrative level, interacting with and if necessary litigating against State and Federal agencies charged with protecting the aquatic environment. > daniel@lawyersforcleanwater.com
Layne Friedrich is a founding partner of Lawyers for Clean Water and has helped build the firm into a flourishing practice providing representation to environmental organizations throughout California. Ms. Friedrich began her career advocating for the environment at Golden Gate University School of Law, where she graduated with an Environmental Certificate of Specialization with Distinction. While in law school, Layne worked at several local environmental organizations and law firms, and represented low-income communities in citizen enforcement actions as a certified student clinician in the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic. As the supervising attorney at Lawyers for Clean Water, Layne has a full case load and also manages the attorneys, support staff, and legal intern department. Layne has served on the Board of Directors for a non-profit environmental organization, been a guest lecturer at local law schools, and mentor to upcoming lawyers. > layne@lawyersforcleanwater.com Layne
Drevet Hunt is a 2005 graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Mr. Hunt began his career at Lawyers for Clean Water in 2005 and became a junior partner in 2012. He is a seasoned federal court litigator. His experience extends to citizen suits against polluters under the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), citizen suits against the federal government for failing to implement the Clean Water Act, citizen suits under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) against private parties for illegally taking endangered species, and petitions for writ of mandate against state and local agencies in state court. Mr. Hunt also regularly appears before state agencies advocating on behalf of his clients for strong and effective water quality protections. Mr. Hunt graduated from Hastings with a Concentration in Public Interest Law, and was a member of West Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. As a recipient of a Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation Grant, Mr. Hunt spent the summer of 2004 as an intern with Lawyers for Clean Water in San Francisco. During law school, Mr. Hunt also interned with Earthjustice in Oakland and at the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic. He also held leadership roles in several student organizations including the Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation and the Hastings Environmental Law Society. He graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies. > drev@lawyersforcleanwater.com Drevet Hunt
Caroline Koch is a 2009 graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law, where she graduated with a Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law with Honors. Ms. Koch joined Lawyers for Clean Water, Inc. in May 2010, and became a junior partner in 2015. Her experience includes citizen suits against polluters under the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act as well as petitions for writ of mandate against state and local agencies in state court. Ms. Koch has argued before the Northern District Court of California, has represented her clients in court sponsored settlement negotiations, and has appeared before the State Water Resources Control Board advocating on behalf of her clients for strong and effective water quality protections. Ms. Koch is also well versed in federal and state discovery procedures. During the summer of 2008, Ms. Koch was an intern with Lawyers for Clean Water, Inc., and also interned with Earthjustice Spring 2009. Upon graduation Ms. Koch worked as a Legal Research Attorney for the San Francisco Superior Court Law & Motion department from November 2009-May 2010. While at Golden Gate University School of Law, Ms. Koch was the recipient of the Excellence in Environmental Law Award, and served as President of the Environmental Law Society as well as an Associate Editor of the Environmental Law Journal. As a certified practicing law student with the GGU Environmental Law and Justice Clinic, Ms. Koch represented communities suffering disparate impacts of environmental harms. She graduated from Duke University with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Public Policy Studies and English. > caroline@lawyersforcleanwater.com Caroline Koch
Michael J. Chappell was a friend and former associate at Lawyers for Clean Water who will always be remembered for his work with our firm, and his overall commitment to the environment. Further details about Michael, his work with the Spokane Riverkeeper, and his lasting contributions to protecting our precious natural resources can be found here: Gone in a Heartbeat.