Lucas Quass is an associate in the Environment, Land & Resources Practice of Latham & Watkins. He focuses his practice on environmental matters involving land use, development, and water resources.
Mr. Quass practices environmental law, with an emphasis on California land use, water law and policy, major infrastructure improvements, and state court writ of mandamus and similar litigation. He provides advice to lenders, private developers, corporations, government entities, and nonprofit organizations regarding water rights in groundwater and surface water systems and environmental matters related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Coastal Act, the Subdivision Map Act, local planning, zoning, and historic preservation laws and California’s Prop 65. Mr. Quass currently serves as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.
Mr. Quass is also active in the firm’s pro bono program. He represents the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, a nonprofit organization in Laguna Beach, California, dedicated to the rescue, medical treatment, and rehabilitation of marine mammals stranded along the Orange County coastline, with obtaining land-use approvals for the development of its campus expansion project.
During law school, Mr. Quass was a law clerk at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He was also the executive senior editor of the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice, as well as a USC Law and Mental Health Scholar at the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, and he was a recipient of the Edward & Eleanor Shattuck Award for Outstanding Service to the USC Law Center.