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Amy Steinfeld & Brad Herrema Named Water & Wastes Digest 2017 Young Water Professionals

Water & Wastes Digest has named Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Amy Steinfeld and Brad Herrema 2017 Young Water Professional honorees. The 2017 Young Professional award highlights noteworthy rising stars in the water industry who have demonstrated exemplary performance in a water-related field. “Brad and Amy are both smart, hardworking attorneys committed to finding innovative solutions … Continue Reading »

Upcoming Speaking Engagements – May & June

May 18, 2017 Brad Herrema will be moderating a panel on Conjunctive Use of Surface Water and Groundwater at American Groundwater Trust’s Annual California Groundwater Law Conference in San Francisco. Bradley Herrema                       May 19, 2017 Amy Steinfeld will be speaking on water and development at the … Continue Reading »

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Amy Steinfeld Named One of Pacific Coast Business Times’ Top 50 Women in Business

Pacific Coast Business Times has named Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck‘s Amy Steinfeld as one of its 2017 Top 50 Women in Business honorees and Editor’s Choice in the Professional Services category. This award recognizes outstanding female business leaders in the Tri-Counties.

“Amy’s deep understanding of environmental issues, her practical approach to the law, and her ability to collaborate with local governments enable her to efficiently move projects forward and garner successful results for her clients,” said Steve Amerikaner, the Santa Barbara Office Managing Partner.

Amy, a shareholder in the Santa Barbara Office, regularly advises water districts, regulated utilities, cities, developers, and agricultural interests in all aspects of water law. Her practice focuses on the intersection of land use and water law, enabling her to advance and defend complex projects throughout the state. She has expertise in water rights permitting and due diligence, CEQA compliance, complex groundwater adjudications, water transfers, urban water management planning, water supply evaluations, Endangered Species Act compliance, and all other matters associated with the use, conveyance, development and management of surface and groundwater supplies and infrastructure.

In January 2017, Amy co-convened a historic meeting of 100 of California’s top female water leaders in Santa Barbara. This first-ever California H2O Women Conference brought together prominent professional women representing all sectors of the industry to discuss California’s water supply, including the future of imported water, the duty to invest in water infrastructure for future generations, implementation of sustainable groundwater management, and the role of communication in advancing water policy.

Click here for the Pacific Coast Business Times’ feature on Amy.


Upcoming Speaking Engagements – February

February 21, 2017 Brad Herrema will be speaking at the American Groundwater Trust’s Developing and Implementing Groundwater Sustainability Plans workshop in Bakersfield Calif on Major Legal Hurdles in the Formation of GSAs & GSPs. Click here for the full workshop agenda.   Bradley Herrema                          

Upcoming Speaking Engagements – January

January 24, 2017 Jessica Diaz, Elisabeth Esposito and Jena Acos will be speaking at the National Business Institute’s Water Rights in California Seminars in Fresno and Bakersfield, Calif. Presentations: Elisabeth Esposito on Water Rights Evaluations Jessica Diaz on Handling the Application, Lease, Transfer and Sale of Water Rights Jena Acos on Handling Water Rights Disputes: Adjudication Procedures and Litigation Tips Click here … Continue Reading »

Upcoming Speaking Engagements and Events – October

October 21, 2016 Ryan Waterman will be moderating the Irrigated Lands and the Challenge of Improving Groundwater Quality panel at the 25th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite. Click here for further details. Ryan Waterman                          

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Brownstein’s Chris Frahm, Wins Big Verdict in California’s Ongoing Water Wars

Brownstein shareholder Chris Frahm, the San Diego County Water Authority’s (“Water Authority”) special counsel on its Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) Program, supported San Francisco-based litigation counsel to successfully challenge MWD’s rates based on an Exchange Agreement between the Water Authority and MWD. The Agreement, which was also negotiated by Brownstein’s Water Group, required the giant regional wholesale agency to set “lawful rates” for wheeling the Water Authority’s independent Colorado River water supplies. The Water Authority challenged the MWD based on California statutory law and Proposition 26; after a three-week bench trial over the course of several months, the court ruled that MWD’s rates were illegal and awarded the Water Authority $188 million in contract damages and $43 million in prejudgment interest. The decision in favor of the Water Authority was the largest plaintiff’s award in California in 2015.

Read the Daily Journal’s coverage of this significant win by clicking the title above.

Groundwater Series

The Golden Rule* of Water Management

Russ McGlothlin and Jena Shoaf Acos authored “The Golden Rule* of Water Management” for Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal Symposium Edition. Russ McGlothlin     Jena Shoaf Acos          

September and October: Speaking Engagements

October 5, 2015 Dylan Johnson is speaking at the 2015 American Planning Association Chapter Conference: Rooted in AuthentiCITY. Dylan will speak on the topic of “To Infinity and Beyond: Exploring Post-202 GHG Reductions.” Dylan Johnson     September 22, 2015 Scott Slater will present “California Water Crisis: A Situational Assessment” at Your Water: The Bigger … Continue Reading »

July: Speaking Engagements

July 15, 2015 Brad Herrema will present at the Groundwater Resources Association of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act webinar on July 15. Brad’s presentation, The Existing Powers of Local Agencies to Regulate and Manage Groundwater Prior to SGMA, is part of the 7th GRAcast in the SGMA series. The July 15th webinar will focus on Pre-SGMA Groundwater Regulation and … Continue Reading »