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Thomas Law Group is pleased to announce that it is merging with Downey Brand, a leading full-service law firm highly regarded for its expertise in natural resources, water, energy, land use, and environmental matters (in addition to litigation and corporate law) effective January 1, 2023. Joining Downey Brand’s Sacramento office will be veteran attorney and Thomas Law Group founder Tina Thomas, attorneys Andrew Skanchy, Sam Bacal-Graves, Dustin Peterson, and legal assistants Ara Jauregui and Kendra Ledoux. Attorney Amy Higuera will join the Downey Brand’s San Francisco office.

Founded in 1926 in California’s capital city, Downey Brand is a leading full-service law firm well-known for its deep industry knowledge in natural resources, as well as its breadth of business practices and litigation strength. With over 100 attorneys, it is the largest law firm based in Sacramento, with additional offices in San Francisco and Stockton.

“I am honored to be merging my practice with Downey Brand’s practice. Together we can establish important precedents in environmental and land use law,” said Tina Thomas. “We have mutual clients, and we are confident that the synergies between our practices and the added breadth of Downey Brand’s expertise in water, environment, and energy will benefit our clients immensely.”

“Tina is one of the top land use and environmental law attorneys in the State,” said Downey Brand Managing Partner Scott Shapiro. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome her and the talented team from Thomas Law Group to Downey Brand.” Christian Marsh, a member of the Downey Brand’s Executive Committee and senior land use partner in the San Francisco office added, “the addition of the Thomas Law Group builds on the incredible momentum we have had in the last six years in growing our statewide land use practice and our San Francisco office. They perfectly complement the team. We are thrilled.”

Downey Brand’s Natural Resources Department, with nearly 40 attorneys, is a well-coordinated, multi-disciplinary team with deep experience handling litigation and regulatory compliance in a broad spectrum of specialties, including all aspects of water, land, and air. Areas of expertise within the department include water rights, flood protection, energy, public utility regulation, land use, environment, water quality, endangered species, hazardous waste and toxins, and air quality and climate change. For more information, visit