Lucas I. Quass

Lucas Quass is an associate in the  Environment, Land & Resources Department of Latham & Watkins. His practice areas include environmental, water, natural resources and land use law.

Mr. Quass' practice includes all areas of environmental law with a particular focus on California water law and policy, major infrastructure improvements and California Environmental Quality Act litigation. He has experience handling a variety of public and private water-related issues. He provides advice to private developers, corporations, government entities and non-profit organizations regarding water rights in groundwater and surface water systems, and environmental matters related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). He is particularly experienced in water rights litigation, basic adjudications, water rights due diligence, water transactions and water quality.

Mr. Quass graduated from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif. During law school, Mr. Quass was a law clerk at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. While in law school, he was the executive senior editor of the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice. Mr. Quass was also a USC Law and Mental Health Scholar at the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics.

  • "Extraterritorial Jurisdiction: Extending the Reach of US Human Trafficking Law when Nations are Unable or Unwilling to Prosecute," 2 Int’l J. Public L. & Pol’y 17 (2012)
  • "Proxy Marriages & the Military Widow Penalty: Excluding Alien Widows of Fallen Soldiers," 20 S. Cal. Rev. L. & Soc. Just. 501 (2011)
  • "Federal Efforts to Achieve Mental Health Parity: A Step in the Right Direction, But Discrimination Remains," 4 Leg. & Pol'y Br. 35 (2011)