Richard Toshiyuki Drury

Richard Toshiyuki Drury is a partner with the law firm of Lozeau | Drury LLP where he represents environmental organizations, individuals and workers in environmental matters. Mr. Drury is a 1990 graduate of the Yale Law School, where he received the Raphael Lempkin Prize for outstanding work in the field of international human rights, and where he served on the editorial board for the Yale Journal of Law and Liberation. He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry and a B.A. degree in philosophy from the University of Illinois, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude.

From 1993 to 2003 he was legal director and attorney for Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), and was CBE’s Board President through 2008. Prior to working for CBE, he was an environmental law fellow at the law firm of Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger in San Francisco. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California from 2006 through 2009, and was chair of the Section’s annual environmental law conference from 2007 through 2009. Mr. Drury was the chair of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee Pollution Trading Work Group from 1996 to 2000. Mr. Drury has been an adjunct professor of environmental law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt), Golden Gate University School of Law, and New College Law School in San Francisco. He served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Thelton Henderson of the United States District Court in San Francisco. Mr. Drury has received numerous awards, including the prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award in 2011, 2009 and 2002, the Ecology Law Quarterly Environmental Leadership Award in 2003, and the Super Lawyer Award (2008-2017). He has published several articles on environmental justice law, and a leading article on pollution trading (Pollution Trading and Environmental Injustice: Los Angeles’ Failed Experiment in Air Quality Policy. IX Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum 231. (Spring 1999). He was co-author of a book published
by Beacon Press on international human rights law in the West Bank entitled Plowshares
and Swords, and a chapter in the book, Common Law Remedies to Environmental
Problems (ELI, 2007). He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Center on Race
Poverty & the Environment, Communities for a Better Environment, Impact Fund, and is
a San Francisco Little League coach. He has been involved in numerous successful
published cases in the California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal, and
federal courts, including a successful unanimous decision against ConocoPhillips Oil
Company from the California Supreme Court (partial listing):


Global Cmty. Monitor v. Mammoth Pac., L.P., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61565 (E.D. Cal.
May 8, 2015)

Coalition for Clean Air v. VWR Int'l, LLC, 922 F. Supp. 2d 1089 (E.D. Cal. 2013)
League to Save Lake Tahoe v. Tahoe Reg'l Planning Agency, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS
65753 (E.D. Cal. July 30, 2009)

Communities for a Better Environment v. Cenco Refining Co., 179 F.Supp.2d 1128
(C.D.Cal. 2001), aff’d, 35 Fed.Appx. 508 (9th Cir. 2002)

Communities for a Better Environment v. Cenco Refining Co., 180 F.Supp.2d 1062
(C.D.Cal. 2001)

Bayview Hunters Point Community Adv. v. Metropolitan Transp. Comm’n, 212
F.Supp.2d 1156 (N.D.Cal. 2002), rev’d, 366 F.3d 692 (9 th Cir. 2004)

Bayview Hunters Point Community Adv. v. Metropolitan Transp. Comm’n, 177
F.Supp.2d 1011 (N.D.Cal. 2001)

Coalition for Clean Air v. South Coast Air Quality Management Dist., 1999
U.S.Dist.LEXIS 16106 (C.D.Cal. 1999)


Communities for a Better Environment v. South Coast Air Quality Management District
(ConocoPhillips Company), 48 Cal. 4th 310 (2010)

Parker Shattuck Neighbors v. Berkeley City Council, 222 Cal. App. 4th 768 (2013)

Coalition for Clean Air v. Visalia (VWR Int’l), 209 Cal. App. 4th 408 (2012)

Center for Self-Improvement & Community Development v. Lennar Corp., 173 Cal. App.
4th 1543 (2009)

Plastic Pipe and Fittings Assoc. v. California Building Standards Comm. 124 Cal. App.
4th 1390 (2004)

Communities for a Better Environment v. California Resources Agency, 103 Cal.App.4th
98 (3rd Dist., 2002)