Bob is an AV Martindale-Hubbell rated lawyer for Friends of the River. He has practiced law during his career as a California Deputy Attorney General, Environmental Unit, law firm partner (shareholder), and Assistant U.S. Attorney including environmental and white collar crime prosecution in Sacramento and Fresno prior to joining Friends of the River in 2011.  Bob_Wright_FOR_Senior_CounselBob was also Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law at San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno from 1990 to 2003. His most significant legal victories have included obtaining the decision in the case challenging the Army Corps of Engineers’ rule prohibiting any vegetation other than grass on all of the Nation’s levees denying the Corps’ motion to dismiss, Friends of the River v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 870 F.Supp2d 966 (E.D. Cal. 2012); the decision in the national class action that school buildings are damaged by the mere presence of asbestos, In re: Asbestos School Litigation, 1991 WL 175819 (E.D. Pa., 1991); and the decision finding that the nationwide U.S. Forest Service anti-wilderness land management planning known as RARE II (roadless area review and evaluation) violated the National Environmental Policy Act, California v. Berglund, 483 F.Supp. 465 (E.D. Cal. 1980), affirmed, 690 F.2d 753 (9th Cir. 1982). He also led the inter-disciplinary planning team that developed the Regional Plan adopted by the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in 1975. He obtained a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966, and after serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army, obtained a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1971. He has been a member of the California Bar since 1972. Bob loves backpacking, running, bicycling, river rafting and beautiful natural scenery. You can reach Bob at (916) 442-3155 Ext 207 or by email to