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Danielle R. Teeters
Ms. Teeters is an associate attorney and member of the firm’s natural resources and litigation practice groups. Ms. Teeters represents public agencies and private sector clients in the areas of environmental compliance, criminal defense, and civil litigation, including representing professionals in the financial services industry and defending class actions. In practice since 2000, Ms. Teeters brings experience litigating matters in both federal and state courts. Ms. Teeters’ experience as an Environmental Circuit Prosecutor in six Northern California counties brings unique insight and perspective to her practice in environmental criminal and civil defense.
Ms. Teeters' practice includes handling a wide spectrum of environmental disputes including:
- Compliance with the Clean Water Act and the California Water Code
- Compliance with Underground Storage Tank (UST) laws and regulations
- Defense of Unfair Business Practices and Fish and Game, Health and Safety, and Water Code violations
- Litigation defending and bringing CEQA, NEPA, ESA and Fish and Game Code compliance challenges
She also has a niche practice defending credit and collection professionals accused of violating state and federal consumer protection laws. Her specific experience includes:
- Defense of consumer rights litigation involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the California Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act, and call recording laws
- Compliance audits related to FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and call recording laws
Ms. Teeters joined KMTG in 2009 after having been a senior staff counsel for the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Office of Enforcement where she administratively enforced water code violations in all nine regions in California.
Prior to joining the SWRCB, Ms. Teeters honed her skills as a litigator both in private practice and more recently as an Environmental Circuit Prosecutor with the California District Attorneys Association. As a Circuit Prosecutor, Ms. Teeters prosecuted environmental crimes under the Penal, Fish and Game, Health and Safety, Public Resources and Business and Professions Codes. Ms. Teeters also conducted Environmental Task Force meetings and training on various criminal and environmental subjects.
Prior Work Experience
Before entering law school, Ms. Teeters served in the United States Marine Corps and as a Deputy Sheriff in San Francisco County. While a Deputy Sheriff, Ms. Teeters responded to disasters such as the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and the riots ensuing after the Rodney King verdicts.
- Ms. Teeters successfully litigated a five year case against a major gas company for a diesel discharge occurring in a rural Northern California county. The discharge entered a tributary to the Sacramento River and impacted local residents and groundwater. The case also involved allegations of fuel line leak detection system tampering.
- Ms. Teeters successfully prosecuted various violations of the Fish and Game Code relating to streambed alterations, pollution and numerous hunting and fishing violations.
- Ms. Teeters defended a county, its District Attorney and the District Attorney's Investigator in federal district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals against civil rights claims arising from the execution of several search warrants. Ms. Teeters utilized the case Monell v. New York City Department of Social Services, 436 U.S. 658 (1978) to successfully win summary judgment and bar liability against the county. She also utilized the absolute and qualified immunity doctrines to bar liability against the District Attorney and significantly limit the liability against the District Attorney Investigator.
- KRL v. Estate of Moore (2008) 512 F.3d 1184
- Saville v. Sierra College (2005) 133 Cal.App.4th 857
Professional Activities & Affiliations
- Co-author, “Stories from the Litigation Trenches: Confidential - Uncensored and Off the Record,” Collector’s Ink, Nov 2012
- Member, Executive Committee, California State Bar, Environmental Law Section
- Member, American Collectors Association International
- Member, California Association of Collectors
- Member, National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys
- Member, California Creditors Bar Association
- Member, California State Bar Association
- Member, Sacramento County Bar Association
- Mentor, American Bar Association's Environmental Law Diversity Fellowship Program
Admitted to Practice
- All California State Courts
- United States District Courts, Eastern, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California
- United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
B.A. California State University, Sacramento, 1997
- Magna cum laude
J.D. University of California, Davis, 2000
- Articles Editor, Environs (Environmental Law and Policy Journal), Fall 1999