Patrick F. Veasy

Patrick F. Veasy

Senior Associate

Patrick F. Veasy

Senior Associate

Clients facing complex environmental issues rely on Patrick Veasy for his detail-oriented approach and strong analytical skills to achieve effective results.

Patrick has represented and assisted a variety of public and private sector clients in environmental compliance and enforcement matters before state agency hearing boards, as well as before state and federal courts. He has experience working on matters under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Audit Policy, the California Porter Cologne Water Quality Control Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, and California’s Proposition 65. Additionally, Patrick has worked on agency rulemaking issues, as well as petitions challenging final agency actions.

While in law school, Patrick was a member of the Hastings Law Journal, and he also served as a judicial extern at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the Supreme Court of California. After law school and before joining Downey Brand, Patrick worked as an associate at a national law firm.


  • Assisted two separate electric power utilities in enforcement litigation under Clean Air Act and related State Implementation Plans.
  • Assisted natural gas pipeline company before state environmental hearing board in plan approval permit appeal.
  • Represented client in petition for review of United States Environmental Protection Agency final action before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
  • Assisted client with voluntary self-disclosure of regulatory violations under United States Environmental Protection Agency Audit Policy. 
  • Briefed demurrer in state court resulting in voluntary dismissal of complaint.
  • Briefed and assisted client at evidentiary hearing before federal district court to successfully defend against preliminary injunction request in matter involving trade secret and breach of contract allegations.
  • Experience in all phases of pre-trial litigation, including discovery and pre-trial motion practice.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • California Association of Sanitation Agencies
  • Sacramento Metro EDGE

Honors And Rankings

  • Senior Development Editor, Hastings Law Journal
  • CALI and Witkin Awards in Legal Writing & Research and Property
  • Judicial Extern, Honorable Ming W. Chin, Supreme Court of California, 2014
  • Judicial Extern, Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton, United States District Court, Northern District of California, 2012
  • Top Author, Food & Beverage and Product LiabilityJD Supra 2019 Readers' Choice Awards

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