Rossmann and Moore, LLP

Tony Rossmann


Antonio Rossmann has practiced land use and natural resources law in California for more than a third of a century, having established his Northern California-based practice in 1976. He has served as counsel in some of California’s and the West’s leading water and land-use proceedings, including the Owens Valley groundwater war, the Mono Lake public trust litigation, South Pasadena’s resistance to the 710 freeway, Nevada’s opposition to the MX missile and the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository, the State Water Project Monterey Amendments challenge, the Imperial-to-San Diego Colorado River water transfer, and constitutional defense of California groundwater regulation.

In 2010 the Los Angeles Daily Journal named Mr. Rossmann as one of the Top 100 California Attorneys.

Mr. Rossmann, an honors graduate of Harvard College (1963) and Harvard Law School (1971) and former editor of the Harvard Law Review, teaches water resources and land use law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). He has taught courses in land use, water, and constitutional law at Stanford, Hastings, UCLA, and the University of Tokyo (the latter as a Fulbright Lecturer). Prior to establishing his practice, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mathew Tobriner, Justice of the California Supreme Court.

A former chair of the State Bar of California’s Committee on the Environment and the first executive director of the National Center for Preservation Law, Mr. Rossmann is the past president of the Harvard Law School Association of Northern California and founding chair of the Harvard Law School Association Environmental Law Section. His published works include “Forging the New Water Law,” 33 HASTINGS LAW JOURNAL 903 (1982) (co-author Michael J. Steel); “Administrative and Judicial Litigation,” in C. Duerksen, ed., A HANDBOOK ON HISTORIC PRESERVATION LAW (Conservation Foundation and National Center for Preservation Law, 1983); and “Historic Preservation,” in K. Manaster and D. Selmi eds., CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND LAND USE PRACTICE (Matthew Bender, 1998) (co-author Roger B. Moore).

From 1963 to 1968 Mr. Rossmann served as a naval officer and decorated Vietnam veteran (including two years of combat duty in the Tonkin Gulf), to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. An active athlete, Mr. Rossmann was twice the Harvard University sculling champion and more recently served as president of the Western States Endurance Run.