The Law Offices of Stephan C. Volker is a public-interest law firm in downtown Oakland, with six lawyers engaged in a full range of environmental litigation. We are committed to environmental preservation and protection and pursue high-quality, high-impact public-interest civil litigation whenever endangered environmental resources or principles are at stake.
Our lawyers argue before state and federal courts in California and other Western states. Mr. Volker is certified to practice before the United States, California and Alaska Supreme Courts. Suits brought by Volker Law Offices have led to the promulgation by the Environmental Protection Agency of urgently needed water quality standards for the San Francisco Bay/ Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta ecosystem, preparation of comprehensive management plans to protect the six Wild and Scenic Rivers within the Ozark National Forest, development of a comprehensive management plan for the North Cascades National Park and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, protection of Puget Sound waters from salmon farm pollution, prevention of new water diversions in the Sierra Nevada that would dewater High Sierra lakes and harm downstream fish habitat, and comprehensive revision of the General Plans of El Dorado and Riverside Counties.
Most of our clients are local, neighborhood coalitions. We also represent various local governments (counties and cities) throughout the California and individual landowners. Representative clients include Sierra Club, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Friends of the Russian River, Save Medicine Lake Coalition, Sierra Buttes/Lakes Basin Coalition, League to Save Sierra Lakes, Friends of the Santa Clara River, Friends of the River, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Northcoast Environmental Center, Marin Audubon Society, Desert Protection Council, North Cascades Conservation Council, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, Sonoma County Water Coalition, California Wilderness Coalition, various local governments and citizens’ groups throughout California and Washington, and individual farmers, ranchers, homeowners and small businesses seeking to enforce environmental laws.