Arthur Pugsley, Senior Attorney

A long-time California transplant from Boston, Arthur Pugsley comes to LAW with extensive experience with environmental issues as both an attorney and as a government environmental administrator. Prior to law school, Arthur worked in both local and state environmental agencies in Massachusetts, including several years as Executive Secretary of the agency charged with implementing wetlands, tidelands, and water quality laws in Boston. After being admitted to the California bar, Arthur worked in private practice representing and litigating on behalf of plaintiffs/petitioners under various federal and state laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and the California Coastal Act. Immediately Prior to joining LAW, Arthur served as Staff Counsel to the California Coastal Commission for the South Central and Central Coastal Districts. His work included advising the Commission on emerging water quality, water supply, and water rights issues, including several novel legal issues given short term urgency by California’s historic drought and long term importance because of climate change.

Arthur holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Environmental Science from Harvard University; a Master of Science Degree in Oceanography from the University of Massachusetts; a Juris Doctor from UCLA with a specialization in Public Interest Law; and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law (LL.M.) from UC Berkeley.

Arthur has published several peer reviewed articles on environmental topics including CEQA, the federal Clean Water Act, and the federal Clean Air Act, as well as an article exploring environmental issues facing California winegrowers. Arthur is an avid hiker and also enjoys exploring the many off-the-beaten-track attractions afforded by living in Los Angeles.


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