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Jessica L. Diaz

Associate

805.882.1416

With broad experience in California natural resources law, Jessica Diaz works with clients including energy companies and property owners on land use and water regulatory matters, including issues related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and Coastal Act. She also assists on public law matters, including counsel to a variety of public agencies. Prior to her legal career Jessica worked in both state and local government and her familiarity with public agency work supports her ability to advise clients on environmental compliance.

Prior to joining the firm, Jessica clerked for Alaska Supreme Court Justice Joel Bolger. She also worked as a summer law clerk for a San Francisco law firm and for the California Attorney General’s Natural Resources Section.

Christopher Guillen

Associate

310.500.4633

Chris Frahm

Shareholder

619.702.6917

Law, politics and business converge around nearly every issue concerning water, energy and infrastructure. Chris practices at that intersection, coordinating and strategically planning at the state and local level to help her clients achieve project objectives. She is known for her track record of success in getting water and infrastructure projects done, from initial strategic planning, through agreements. When necessary, she also assists with the defense of those projects against attack in the media, in litigation or otherwise. The head of our San Diego office, Chris is a frequent speaker before a wide variety of professional and community forums.

Stephanie is a Shareholder and member of the firm’s Natural Resources Department. She counsels in water law and related environmental issues. She represents the interests of all water users – wholesale and retail water providers, landowners, home builders, ski resorts, energy developers, industry, golf courses, vineyards and agriculture – in both transactional and litigation matters, at trial and on appeal.

Bradley J. Herrema

Shareholder

805.882.1493

Brad is a Shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Santa Barbara office and a member of the Water & Public Lands Group. His practice includes a broad range of water issues in California and Nevada, including strategic water supply planning, water rights permitting and regulatory compliance, adjudications of groundwater rights, water utility concerns, Indian water rights and environmental matters affecting water use, including CEQA compliance and water quality issues, including those arising under the federal Clean Water Act and California Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act.

Dylan Johnson

Associate

805.882.1413

Applying his wide experience in all aspects of public and private environmental and natural resources law, Dylan Johnson counsels clients on environmental compliance, enforcement actions and litigation, with an emphasis on water rights, clean water regulations, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Adrian T. LeCesne

Associate

619.702.6916

With broad experience working with California and other state environmental and energy regulations, Adrian LeCesne helps clients draft filings, obtain permits, and conduct detailed due diligence reports for projects involving natural resources. He is familiar with jurisdiction questions, state procurement regulations, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) certification, and can navigate the complex requirements of any energy project proposal. Adrian has worked on a variety of energy projects involving solar, natural gas, oil, and wind, as well as various related matters such as leasing, pooling, soil contamination, water use, geothermal power and proscriptive easements.

Russell McGlothlin is a Shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Santa Barbara office and a member the firm’s Natural Resources Department. Russell possesses extensive experience concerning water use and management in California and the western United States, including water right permitting and adjudication, water transfers, conjunctive water use, water quality, and reclamation. In addition to his water practice, he also has significant experience respecting regulated utilities, energy, land use, real estate, local government, and environmental matters, including CEQA and ESA compliance. He represents private companies, municipalities, special districts, and individual landowners with transactional negotiations, litigation, and administrative agency proceedings.

Ronda Sandquist

Shareholder

303.223.1191

Ronda Sandquist serves as a strategic advisor to clients on environmental, regulatory and legislative approaches for major projects and legal compliance. She also represents municipal entities and land development companies on approvals for complex projects and regulatory compliance. Ronda counsels owners and developers of major projects on environmental and natural resource permitting and regulatory compliance – the scope, magnitude and complexity of which often trigger federal environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). She applies extensive knowledge of environmental frameworks and alternative compliance strategies throughout the project approval process.

Robert Saperstein

Shareholder

805.882.1417

Rob’s practice focuses on water law and related environmental issues, primarily representing public entities potable water and recycled water suppliers. He counsels and advocates in both transactional and litigation settings, and appears before local agencies, the California State Water Resources Control Board, various regional water quality control boards, the California Public Utilities Commission and state and federal courts.

Jena Shoaf Acos

Associate

805.882.1427

Jena is an Associate in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Santa Barbara office and a member of the Natural Resources Department.

Amy M. Steinfeld

Shareholder

805.882.1409

Amy is a member of the Water & Public Lands Group. She has specialized experience in Colorado River Issues and Endangered Species Act compliance. She represents public water agencies, special districts, private landowners and water utilities in both litigation and transactional matters. Amy works on a broad range of water and land use issues, including California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, water rights permitting, administrative proceedings, complex groundwater adjudications, and water supply planning under SB 610/2210.

Ryan Waterman

Shareholder

619.702.7569

Being mindful of the goal without getting lost in the details is a critical part of Ryan’s practice as a land use and environmental attorney. Ryan’s deep familiarity with the land use entitlement process and CEQA/NEPA environmental review are foundational to his practice representing complex pre-approval entitlement and post-approval litigation in the trial and appellate courts. Ryan also delivers strategic advice on California water permitting, regulations, and compliance related to water sufficiency, water quality, storm water permitting, groundwater, infrastructure and policy development. Ryan’s focus on land use and water links issues that go hand-in-hand in California.