Joshua J. Stoops

Joshua J. Stoops


Joshua J. Stoops


Consider Joshua Stoops for your project when you need a guide through the maze of state and federal environmental laws.

Both public entities and private businesses rely on Josh to translate technical and specialized problems into creative, personalized solutions. Josh’s practice focuses on water quality, toxics, Proposition 65, and land use issues.


Proposition 65

  • Researched and analyzed possible defenses to a Proposition 65 discharge action brought against a water district.
  • Monitored developments at the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and co-authored an update on recent Proposition 65 cases and regulatory changes.

Land Use

  • Evaluated and analyzed actions for common law causes of action, possible defenses, and potential monetary damages in order to advise a large public utility of their exposure to wildfire liability.
  • Created a land use guide for use within a local public utility to aid them in the selling and disposing of land under California’s Land Surplus Act.
  • Investigated the need for special use permits required under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and possible exemptions applicable to the client under the Federal Power Act.
  • Researched the scope and application of public prescriptive easements and evaluated whether a public agency could employ those principles in novel situations.
  • Assisted CEQA attorneys in drafting and revising a community guide to CEQA for a Sacramento non-profit organization.
  • Researched  the viability of bringing nuisance and trespass claims against co-defendants in a CERCLA action in order to mitigate costs to the client.

Water Quality

  • Researched and drafted several sections of a brief submitted in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals arguing certain activities by US. EPA constituted underground regulations.
  • Drafted stipulations, motions, and settlement agreements for clients in water quality enforcement litigation.
  • Researched and drafted memorandum on administrative mandamus proceedings, declaratory relief, and exceptions to the California Public Records Act.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Central Valley Clean Water Association
  • California Association of Sanitation Agencies
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • Sacramento Metro EDGE
  • Environs, Executive Editor

Honors And Rankings

  • Dean's Merit Scholarship
  • Adams Scholarship, Zoology Department, University of Oklahoma

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