Partners in Enduring Conservation

Members of the Resources Law Group team share the conservation goals of a diverse community of clients who benefit from our multidisciplinary expertise in law, policy, and science.

 
 

KAITILIN GAFFNEY, Attorney

Kaitilin Gaffney develops and manages projects for oceans, coasts, and fisheries programs. Before joining Resources Legacy Fund, she was the Pacific program director for Ocean Conservancy, managing activities on the West Coast, including ocean governance, fisheries, marine protected areas, and water quality.

 

Kaitilin was a Fulbright Fellow in New Zealand, where she studied fisheries policy and received a Master of Commerce degree from Victoria University in New Zealand. She is a graduate of Berkeley Law, University of California.

kgaffney@resourceslawgroup.com

MATTHEW ARMSBY, Attorney

Matt Armsby develops, implements, and oversees projects for oceans, coasts, and fisheries programs. Before joining Resources Legacy Fund, Matt was an environmental law and policy fellow and clinical attorney at Stanford Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic, overseeing research for marine conservation initiatives and providing legal services to public interest organizations.

 

He was also an Early Career Legal Fellow at the Center for Ocean Solutions, advancing the role of science in ocean governance. Matt is a graduate of Stanford Law School.

marmsby@resourceslawgroup.com

MICHAEL MANTELL, Attorney

Michael Mantell founded Resources Law Group to help design and administer initiatives that enable philanthropic foundations, individuals, landowners, and government agencies to achieve significant, lasting conservation results. He also helped create the strategically aligned but independent Resources Legacy Fund.

Since the late 1990s, Michael has designed and participated in programs that broadened the leadership and constituency for natural resources protection and achieved extensive conservation outcomes for land, water, ocean resources, and renewable energy. Michael helped lead the 2010 campaign that prevented a rollback of

 

California’s landmark climate change legislation. In the past decade, he has chaired two statewide campaigns that resulted in $7 billion of voter-approved conservation investments.

Michael previously served as undersecretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, overseeing its $2.8 billion budget; general counsel for the World Wildlife Fund; and a deputy city attorney in Los Angeles. Michael is a published author and recipient of several national conservation awards. He is a director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and serves on the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society.

mmantell@resourceslawgroup.com

MARY SCOONOVER, Attorney

Mary Scoonover’s practice is devoted to complex natural resource management issues and conservation philanthropy. She represented the Packard, Hewlett, and Moore foundations in the acquisition and restoration of more than 16,500 acres of salt ponds in South San Francisco Bay and Napa County.

Mary worked on the Conserving California Landscapes Initiative and helped design and implement the California Coastal and Marine Initiative, the Preserving Wild California program, and the Western Conservation subprogram of the Packard Foundation.

 

Prior to joining Resources Law Group, Mary was a deputy attorney general in the Public Rights Division of the California Department of Justice, where she worked on the Lower Owens River, Mono Lake, and CALFED Bay-Delta Program’s plan to restore the ecosystem, improve water quality, and increase water supply reliability in the San Francisco Bay Delta.

Mary also represented the State of California at trial and in the appeals leading to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s land use regulations protecting Lake Tahoe and the California coast.

mscoonover@resourceslawgroup.com

CHRIS BEALE, Attorney

Chris Beale works on complex natural resources management issues, including the integration of natural resources management and economic development. He advises cities, counties, and other public agencies and private landowners on state and federal natural resource protection laws, conservation planning, open space preservation, and the development of environmental mitigation strategies and programs. Chris is working closely with the State of California in its collaboration with federal agencies, local governments, and stakeholders on the development of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Chris’ current priorities include:

  • Advising on the development of an ambitious habitat conservation plan and natural community conservation plan for western Placer County.

 

  • Advising the Mendocino Redwood Company regarding the development of its innovative habitat conservation plan and natural community conservation plan.
  • Providing legal counsel to a joint powers agency formed to implement the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan.

Before joining Resources Law Group, Chris was legal counsel to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, where he helped develop numerous habitat conservation plans and natural community conservation plans.

cbeale@resourceslawgroup.com

JULIE TURRINI, Attorney

Julie Turrini’s practice focuses on conservation financing, real estate transactions, and conservation philanthropy.  Julie provides strategic advice in structuring guidelines and procedures for program-related investments as well as underwriting, structuring, negotiating, and monitoring.

She has also been a partner with various Sacramento law firms, including Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP, Diepenbrock Wulff Plant & Hannegan LLP, and Marron Reid LLP, where her law practice focused on commercial real estate, land conservation, low-income housing, and general corporate matters.

jturrini@resourceslawgroup.com

 

JOCELYN GAROVOY HERBERT, Attorney

Jocelyn Garovoy Herbert develops and implements strategies and projects for oceans, coasts, and fisheries programs. Before joining Resources Legacy Fund, she was an associate attorney in real estate and land conservation transactions at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP and practiced land use law and litigation with Cades Schutte LLP.

Jocelyn has served on the Hawaii County Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Commission; on the board of directors of the Hawaii Island Land Trust; and as a Conservation Fellow with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She is a graduate of Berkeley Law, University of California, and earned her MA in conservation biology at the University of Pennsylvania.

jgherbert@resourceslawgroup.com

 

 

 

MERSWIND REYER, Attorney

Mersy Reyer is engaged in matters relating to natural resources, environmental, land use, and local government law, as well as conservation real estate transactions. Mersy serves as chair of the Sacramento County Bar Environmental Law Section, has written and spoken on topics including CERCLA and Prop. 65, and was an adjunct professor in the Appellate Advocacy Program at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law..

Before joining Resources Law Group, Mersy was counsel at Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento, where she represented clients responding to federal, state, and local environmental agency directives or enforcement, assisting with environmental due diligence and compliance issues, and negotiation and litigation of multiparty environmental disputes.

 

She received her law degree, and a certificate of completion in the area of environmental and natural resources law, from the University of Oregon School of Law.

mreyer@resourceslawgroup.com

LISBETH JAKOBSEN, Program Finance Officer

Lisbeth Jakobsen is responsible for financial evaluation and budget analysis and preparation. She brings more than 15 years’ experience in financial management, specifically as it relates to conservation transactions, public funding, grantmaking, and nonprofit management.

Before joining Resources Law Group, Lisbeth served as director of finance for Audubon California and, before that, as grants specialist/financial analyst for The Nature Conservancy. She also worked as fiscal manager for the Division of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento.

ljakobsen@resourceslawgroup.com