rwgPatrick D. Skahan
Patrick D. SkahanAssociateLos Angeles







Patrick Skahan is an associate in the Litigation Department and Water Rights and Water Law Practice Group at Richards, Watson & Gershon. Patrick represents municipalities, public entities, and private sector clients in both state and federal courts in litigation matters.

Mr. Skahan is actively involved representing the City of Palmdale in the Antelope Valley Groundwater adjudication, and recently worked on the Special Counsel team to the City of San Fernando with respect to administering the Upper Los Angeles River Area (San Fernando) judgment. In addition, Mr. Skahan has advised public entity clients regarding State Water Resources Control Board licensing and permitting issues and in appropriative rights matters.

Mr. Skahan developed his interests in water law and environmental law at the University of Minnesota Law School through his course curriculum and participation in the environmental law moot court. Mr. Skahan competed in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace University in 2011. Mr. Skahan served as student-director for the environmental law moot court in 2012 and taught brief-writing for standing issues and appellate advocacy.

Mr. Skahan was nominated for the American College of Bankruptcy's Distinguished Student Award for the Eighth Circuit in 2012. He externed for the Honorable Nancy C. Dreher in the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota.

Mr. Skahan was admitted to the State Bar of California in December, 2012. Mr. Skahan received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2012. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in political science in 2006.


B.A., cum laude, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 2012

Practice Areas

Public Agency and Municipal Law
Water Rights and Water Law