The Sacramento law firm of Downey Brand LLP said Monday that Kevin O’Brien has stepped down as managing partner to focus on the pressing needs of the firm’s clients in the water arena, a longtime area of expertise for O’Brien.
The firm noted “uncertainties about water availability and deliveries increasing as California’s historic drought worsens.”
“Kevin is in Washington, D.C., this morning to represent our clients on a host of water issues related to the drought,” said Dan Coyle, a member of the Sacramento firm’s executive committee. “Our philosophy has long been that the needs of our clients are greater than those of the firm. The demands on Kevin and the entire water practice group have grown greatly throughout the dry fall and winter to the point that he felt his responsibilities as managing partner was impacting his ability to fully represent our clients during this extraordinary time.”
The firm said it will follow procedures spelled out in its succession plan to select a new managing partner within the next few months.
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