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Ms. Desmond’s practice focuses on water, natural resources and environmental law. She advises irrigation districts, municipalities and private landowners on a variety of matters including, but not limited to, water rights transfers, chain of title issues, adjudications, land use planning and environmental code compliance.
Ms. Desmond first joined Clyde Snow in 1997. She developed a broad water rights practice representing Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Salt Lake City Corporation, other local irrigation districts and private landowners. She also defended clients before state administrative agencies and federal courts in matters relating to asbestos abatement, water quality control and radioactive waste management.
Ms. Desmond relocated her practice to Southern California for family reasons in 2000. She joined Best Best & Krieger LLP, advising public agencies on water quality, water rights, endangered species, wetlands and NEPA/CEQA compliance. She co-developed the firm’s Stormwater Permitting Taskforce and facilitated a joint powers approach to Small MS4 permitting for clients throughout California.
In 2004, Ms. Desmond broadened her practice to include Oregon water law and land use. She settled with her family in Bend, Oregon, where she worked with Ball Janik LLP to serve clients by interfacing with OWRD, evaluating historic water rights, implementing groundwater mitigation plans and negotiating water conservation projects.
Ms. Desmond rejoined Clyde Snow in 2012 and now serves clients in all three states from Utah and Oregon offices.
- Juris Doctor, University of Utah College of Law (1997), Leary Scholar, Utah Law Review
- Bachelor of Science: Communications Media; Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1990)
- State of Oregon Encourages Developers to Reconcile Water Demands with River Restoration, ABA Water Resources Committee Newsletter, June 2006
- More Water Is Good for Business, Co-Authored with C. Michael Cowett, Best Best & Krieger, LLP, Daily Transcript, November 15, 2002
- Desalination Answers the Southern California Water Supply Crisis, Co-Authored with C. Michael Cowett, Best Best & Krieger, LLP, San Diego Union Tribune, October 16, 2002
- “Water and the Market Economy,” ABA Annual Water Law Conference, February 2008
- “A Primer on Oregon Water Rights”, Oregon Bankers Association, Agriculture Committee, March 2006
- “Water Law 101”, Ball Janik Annual Real Estate and Land Use Seminar, September 2005
- “A Primer on Oregon Water Rights”, Amerititle’s Realtor Education Workshops, February and March 2005
- “Challenges in Developing Non-traditional Water Supplies,” ABA Annual Water Law Conference, February 2004
- “Understanding the California Environmental Quality Act”, Full Day 3-Person Panel Presentation, Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP), March 2003
- “Transfer of Development Rights and How They Relate to the General Plan Amendment”, Sierra Club, San Diego Chapter, November 2001
- Adjunct faculty member, Oregon State University Cascades Campus, 2010 - 12
- Mirror Pond Management Board, Bend, Oregon, 2009 - Present
- Former Vice-Chair, American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Water Resources Committee, 2006 - 08; Planning Committee, 2003 - 08
- Past Co-Chair, ABA Annual Water Law Conference 2006, San Diego, CA
- Member, Alumni Board of Trustees, University of Utah College of Law, 1998 - 2000
- Lawyers Club, San Diego Chapter, Programs Committee, January 2002 to August 2004