Faculty: Robert W. Byrne

Robert W. Byrne


Adjunct Professor

San Francisco
faculty bio

Mr. Byrne has practiced law in a variety of settings since 1984. Currently, he is Supervising Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, assigned to the Natural Resources Law Section. Mr. Byrne supervises all San Francisco and Oakland attorneys representing over 120 state agencies responsible for making and enforcing environmental laws in California. He previously worked for the Attorney General's Energy Task Force, investigating and prosecuting violations of state and federal laws, including antitrust laws, by the electricity and natural gas industries. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, Mr. Byrne was vice president and general counsel of a Florida financial institution where, among other duties, he supervised the remediation and sale of environmentally contaminated commercial real estate. Mr. Byrne was a litigation associate in New York and New Jersey, handling CERCLA/Superfund and toxic tort cases, and served as a criminal prosecutor and judicial law clerk following his graduation from law school.

Mr. Byrne has been an adjunct professor at Golden Gate's Law School teaching Energy and Environmental Law since 2004. He is an honors graduate of Rutgers University and Seton Hall University Law School, and holds an LLM in environmental law from Golden Gate.