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Antonio Rossmann has served in the past 35 years as counsel in some of
California's and the West's leading water and land-use proceedings,
including the Owens Valley groundwater war, the Mono Lake public trust
litigation, South Pasadena's resistance to the 710 freeway, Nevada's
opposition to the MX missile and the Yucca Mountain nuclear
repository, the State Water Project Monterey Amendments challenge, the
Imperial-to-San Diego Colorado River water transfer, and protection of
California groundwater regulation against constitutional attacks.
In September 2010 the Los Angeles Daily Journal named Mr. Rossmann one
of the top 100 lawyers in California.
Mr. Rossmann, an honors graduate of Harvard College (1963) and Harvard
Law School (1971) and former editor of the Harvard Law Review, has
taught water resources, land use, and constitutional law for the past
30 years, since 1991 at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt
Hall. Previously he taught at Stanford, Hastings, UCLA, and as
Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Tokyo.
A former chair of the State Bar of California's Committee on the
Environment and the first executive director of the National Center
for Preservation Law, Mr. Rossmann is the past president of the
Harvard Law School Association of Northern California and founding
chair of the Harvard Law School Association Environmental Law Section.
Mr. Rossmann served from 1971 to 1972 as law clerk to Justice Mathew
Tobriner of the California Supreme Court. From 1963 to 1968 Mr.
Rossmann served as a naval officer and decorated Vietnam veteran
(including two years of combat duty in the Tonkin Gulf), to the rank
of Lieutenant Commander. An active athlete, Mr. Rossmann was twice the
Harvard University sculling champion and more recently served as
president of the Western States Endurance Run.
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