Press Releases Apr 28, 2015

BB&K Attorney Roderick Walston Recognized with IMLA’s Amicus Service Award

Roderick Walston was Recognized for His Work on a Clean Water Act Case in the U.S. Supreme Court

For Immediate Release: April 28, 2015
Media Contact: Denise Nix • 213-787-2552 •

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – We are pleased to announce that Best Best & Krieger LLP attorney Roderick Walston received the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Amicus Service Award. His work on the Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. the Natural Resources Defense Council case was recognized during an awards ceremony at the IMLA Mid-Year Seminar in Washington, D.C. on April 24.

“IMLA’s legal advocacy program is vital to our mission and without lawyers like Mr. Walston, we would not be able to sustain it,” said Amanda Keller, IMLA associate general counsel and director of Legal Advocacy.

On behalf of IMLA and others, Walston and a team of BB&K attorneys submitted an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case involving whether municipalities that discharge waste through their storm sewer systems are subject to the permit requirements of the Clean Water Act. Walston’s brief argued that the Clean Water Act establishes separate requirements for municipalities that discharge waste through their storm sewer systems than apply to others who discharge other forms of waste into the nation’s waters, and therefore that the Clean Water Act permit requirements that apply to other waste dischargers do not apply to municipalities who discharge waste through their storm sewer systems. 

"This is a well-deserved recognition for the hard work Rod and his team invested in this important effort," said Jeffry Ferre, BB&K’s Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group leader.

Walston, who is of counsel in the firm’s Walnut Creek office, is a member of the Litigation and Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice groups. He is involved in a number of water rights cases that will impact not only the legalities of this complex field, but also the water interests of businesses, agriculture, tribes, environmentalists, communities and others. Prior to joining BB&K, he served as deputy solicitor/acting solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior, as general counsel to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and had a long career with the California Attorney General’s office — including as head of its Public Rights Division. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Law.


Best Best & Krieger LLP is a national law firm that focuses on environmental, business, education, municipal and telecommunications law for public agency and private clients. With 200 attorneys, the law firm has nine offices nationwide, including Indian Wells, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit or follow @BBKlaw on Twitter.

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