Richard Roos-Collins is Principal at the Water and Power Law Group. He specializes in settlements in complex cases involving multiple parties, interests, and laws. He has drafted and negotiated more than 50 such settlements. These include: Klamath Basin Restoration and Hydropower Agreements, Mono Lake Cases, and the Land Conservation Commitment Stipulation for the bankruptcy reorganization of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
Richard is Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco Law School (2010 – ). He is General Counsel to the Hydropower Reform Coalition (Washington, D.C.), which represents more than 2 million people interested in balancing power and environmental benefits. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors (2001 – ) for the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (Portland, ME), the nation’s only program to certify the environmental performance of such power assets. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors (1999 – ) the Agricultural Water Management Council (Sacramento, CA), which has a similar program for agricultural water supply for more than 5 million acres of land in California.
He received the American Bar Association’s Award for Excellence in Environmental and Resources Stewardship (2007), the Mono Lake Committee’s Defender of the Trust Award (2009), and the American Fisheries Society’s Carl B. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award (2010).
Richard was Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice (1989-1991) and Attorney-Advisor, U.S, Environmental Protection Agency (1986-1989). He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., honors, 1986) and Princeton University (B.A., high honors, 1975).