Our firm is General Counsel to more than twenty-five California public agencies and mutual water companies from Humboldt County to Kern County. We provide strategic level advice to Boards of Directors and Staff and implement those strategies through hands on legal services. Our diverse public agency practice includes execution of matters relating to: labor and employment, environmental compliance (CEQA/ NEPA), public works contracting, elections, State Water Resources Control Board administrative proceedings, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission matters, Brown Act open meeting compliance, eminent domain, and administrative and civil litigation of all of the above.

We are recognized as one of the leading firms in California concerning all matters related to California Water law and serve as general and special counsel to water right holders throughout the state, including concerning California Water Law and serve as special counsel to public agencies before the State Water Resources Control Board and Department of Water Resources. We have participated in the creation of numerous Groundwater Sustainability Agencies pursuant to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and are actively engaged in structuring the relationships between local agencies necessary to implement the Act.

Representative Clients:

Central California Irrigation District
Los Banos, CA 93635

Columbia Canal Company
Firebaugh, CA 93622

Cordua Irrigation District
Marysville, CA 95901

Firebaugh Canal Water District
Mendota, CA 93640

Nevada Irrigation District
Grass Valley, CA 95945-5424

Paradise Irrigation District
Paradise, CA 95967/95969

Reclamation District 1004
Colusa, CA 95932

Richvale Irrigation District
Richvale, CA 95974

San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority
Los Banos, CA 93635

Solano Irrigation District
Vacaville, CA 95688

South Feather Water and Power Agency
Oroville, CA

Western Canal Water District
Richvale, CA

Representative Matters:

Nevada Irrigation District – Centennial Dam and Reservoir Project: Represent Irrigation District in all aspects of planned development of 110,000 acre foot storage reservoir located in Nevada County. Lead counsel on CEQA/ NEPA matters, Application for Transfer of State Water Resources Control Board Water Right Permit, Contract Services related to engineering/ feasibility analysis.

San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority: Represent Joint Power Authority in ongoing matters before the State Water Resources Control Board, United States Federal District Court, United States Court of Appeal, United States Court of Claims, and California Superior and Appellate Courts relating to implementation and defense of Purchase and Exchange Contracts which collectively entitle its members to 840,000 acre feet of irrigation supply.

Western Canal Water District, Butte Water District, Richvale Irrigation District: Represent Water and Irrigation Districts possessing entitlements to divert from the Feather River in California Water Fix administrative law proceedings before the State Water Resources Control Board, and related project challenges in California Superior Court.

Kaweah River Power Authority: Represent Joint Powers Authority before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding amendments to FERC License and related negotiations with Investor Owned Utility project partner.