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Gayle M. Athanacio
Stephen L. Bacon
Merri A. Baldwin
Robert J. Breakstone
Dennis J. Callahan
Thomas H. Carlson
Jeffery M. Chiow
Alecia E. Cotton
Joshua M. Deitz
Robert C. Goodman
Lucas T. Hanback
John G. Heller
Dennis C. Huie
Suhani Kamdar
Lauren B. Kramer
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Mark J. Linderman
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James Robert Maxwell
Joseph C. McGowan
Patricia A. Meagher
Robert S. Metzger
Brian D. Miller
Alexis J. Morris
Nicholas T. Niiro
Roland Nikles
Neil H. O'Donnell
Dean D. Paik
Sharon Ongerth Rossi
Aaron M. Scolari
Aaron P. Silberman
Katherine M. Svinarich
Renée D. Wasserman
Alan J. Wilhelmy
Paul M. Zieff

Nicholas T. Niiro
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Areas of Practice

Mr. Niiro is a member of the firm’s Environmental Law and Retail Industry Trade Regulation Practice Groups.

Professional Qualifications

Mr. Niiro has broad experience with federal, state, and local environmental statutes and regulations, including the California Environmental Quality Act, the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Federal Power Act, the Model Toxics Control Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. He has represented clients in environmental matters before state and federal courts, as well as in administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies, including the California State Water Resources Control Board and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In addition to his work as a lawyer, Mr. Niiro has significant experience as a jury consultant, where he assisted in developing trial strategy in environmental and toxic tort cases.

Mr. Niiro is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown Law, he was on the Dean’s List and served as both Senior Editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and as a Board Member of OutLaw. Prior to law school, he graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.S in biochemistry and was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Honors Societies.

He currently serves as a Board Member and Secretary of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute.


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles

Bar Admissions

Environmental Law
Retail Industry Trade Regulation

Recent Publications and Public Speaking

California Department of Pesticide Regulation Updated Registration Requirement, RJO Update, July 2017 (co-authored)

Citizen Guide for Effective Participation in Hydropower Licensing Before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Hydropower Reform Coalition, Nov. 2015 (co-authored)

The U.S. Supreme Court Stays the Implementation of the EPAís Clean Power Plan Pending the Completion of All Legal Challenges, RJO Update, Mar. 2016 (co-authored)

Mitigating the Adverse Effects of Hydropower Projects: A Comparative Review of River Restoration and Hydropower Regulation in Sweden and the United States, " The Georgetown Intíl Envtl. Law Review, Vol. 27:251, Apr. 2015 (PDF) (co-authored)


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