Greenfire Law, PC

About Greenfire Law

Who we are

Our work

Greenfire Law offers a broad range of legal services to public interest groups and individuals. We provide our clients with top-tier legal services. We are licensed in California and the D.C. federal District Court, and have represented clients in other states, particularly in the Southeastern United States, through association with trusted local counsel.

 

Get in touch

We at Greenfire Law know that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. If you have land use, environmental, or public information issues, please contact us.

 
 

Attorneys

 
 
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Lead aTTORNEY

Rachel Doughty

Rachel Doughty practices land use and environmental law. She has experience in matters of local and federal land use, and focuses her practice on environmental quality, plastic pollution prevention, land use management, access to public records, and California’s Proposition 65. In her practice she has worked with state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Forest Service, and multiple states’ departments of environmental quality and management. Prior to attending law school, Rachel was a fellow in the Wetlands Division of the Office of Water at the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C. In addition to her law degree from the University of Virginia (2004), Ms. Doughty has a master’s degree in Natural Resources (with a minor concentration in biogeochemistry) from Cornell University, and an undergraduate degree in biochemistry, cellular, and molecular biology from the University of Tennessee. Ms. Doughty has represented public interest groups, individuals, and businesses on issues ranging from challenging land management decisions by federal agencies to developing environmental policy.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Juris Doctor, 2004

CORNELL UNIVERSITY
M.A in Natural Resources

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, B.A in biochemistry, cellular, and molecular biology

Activities & Affiliations

  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Dogwood Alliance
  • Camp Phoenix volunteer

Bar Admissions

  • California, North Carolina (inactive status), Washington D.C.

 
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Jessica Blome

Jessica Blome is a Senior Associate with Greenfire Law. A native Iowan, she began practicing environmental law as an Assistant Attorney General with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office after graduating from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2007. There, she represented the Missouri Departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture in civil environmental, animal welfare, and food safety litigation. She served as counsel to the Missouri Natural Resources Trustee, leading negotiations on behalf of Missouri for multi-million dollar restoration projects on public lands contaminated by heavy metals mining. She also prosecuted violations of the state Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Clean Air Act. Her most notable cases involved an unpermitted organic composting operation located next to a sensitive geologic area, a collapsed wastewater treatment impoundment, and a landfill located in a residential area suffering from a “subsurface smoldering event,” or underground landfill fire. Jessica left Missouri for Sonoma County, California in 2013 to accept a position as a Senior Staff Attorney with the non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund. There, she represented citizen plaintiffs and non-profit groups in strategic impact litigation on behalf of wildlife. She lead the team of litigators to victory against a roadside zoo in Iowa, securing the first-ever successful citizen prosecution of Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act against the owner of captive-held endangered species. She also lead a coalition of non-profit groups in the first-ever lawsuit striking down a federal contract with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services because it violated the California Environmental Quality Act. In 2016, Jessica became the Deputy Director of the San Francisco Ethics Commission, where she was responsible for the investigation and enforcement of the City’s campaign finance, government ethics, lobbying, and conflict of interest laws. Jessica joined Greenfire Law in March of 2018 and represents public interest clients in environmental, land use, public records, and animal welfare litigation.

Activities & Affiliations

  • California Bar Association: Public Law Group, Environmental Law Group
  • California Women Lawyers
  • Missouri Bar Association: Environment and Energy Law Committee

Bar Admissions

  •  California and Missouri

Education

UNIVERSITY of IOWA
Juris Doctor, 2007

UNIVERSITY of NORTHERN IOWA
B.A., Organizational Communication
Minors, Journalism and Ethics

 

 

 
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aSSOCIATE attorney

Chelsea Linsley

Ms. Linsley joined Greenfire Law as an Associate Attorney. She received her J.D. in 2016 from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC where she studied environmental and human rights law. She has three years of experience as a litigation paralegal and a demonstrated history promoting sustainable development at the local level. During law school, Ms. Linsley worked at the Center for International Environmental Law where she addressed issues related to corporate accountability, sustainable investment, and the rights of nature. She also served as a Dean’s Fellow in the Legal Research and Writing Program and as a member of The George Washington International Law Review. Ms. Linsley has completed coursework in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University and holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Global Studies from Pacific Lutheran University (2010). Prior to law school, Ms. Linsley dedicated her time to organizations in Europe and Africa promoting sustainable development in local communities. Ms. Linsley is originally from Iowa and has previously lived in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo County, Seattle, the District of Columbia, Namibia, Norway, and Germany.

 

Education

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Juris Doctor, 2016

PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY
B.A., Anthropology and Global Studies, 2010

Activities & Affiliations

  • ACBA Bar Association, Member
  • National Lawyers Guild, Member
  • SF Bay Area Chapter

Bar Admissions

  • California


 

ADMINISTRATIVE assistant

Carla Barraez

 

 

Education

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
B.A. in Art, 2012

Minor in Art History

Carla is a passionate environmentalist who uses her background in visual communications as a way of advocacy. She joined Greenfire Law in October 2017 in the capacity of Administrative Assistant.