Hamilton Candee

(415) 421-7151 ext. 313

B.A., magna cum laude, Princeton University
J.D., cum laude, New York University Law School

Hon. Thelton E. Henderson, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Hal’s practice consists primarily of efforts to restore ecosystems, protect endangered species, encourage water conservation, and promote other environmental reforms in federal and state water policy.  He has briefed and argued numerous cases at the trial and appellate level.  Hal represents a variety of nonprofit conservation organizations as well as local public agencies.

Hal is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the NRDC Action Fund. For over twenty years, he served as a Senior Attorney in the San Francisco Office of the Natural Resources Defense Council and as Co-Director of NRDC’s Western Water Project. Previously he was a legislative assistant in the United States Senate.

Hal received a CLAY Award as one of California’s “Lawyers of the Year” in 1999 for his work pursuing restoration of the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam. He has also received the Bay Institute’s Carla Bard Bay Education award in 2008 and the Central Valley Joint Venture Conservation Award in 2015. Hal was a Root-Tilden Scholar and a Hayes Civil Liberties Fellow at New York University Law School.

Representative matters:

  • Represented coalition of environmental and fishing groups in defending and implementing landmark restoration settlement.
  • Represented coalition of waterfowl and conservation organizations seeking to secure refuge water supplies in the Central Valley of California.
  • Counsel to local and national environmental groups and local water agencies in addressing long term agricultural pollution issues.
  • Advised and advocated on behalf of conservation groups, labor unions and others on various environmental matters such as CEQA review, endangered species protections, water quality improvements and fishery restoration.