Reclamation & Water Law

Baker Manock & Jensen is well known in California and throughout the western United States for its expertise on a wide range of water issues. Whether we are dealing policy, legislation, transactions, administrative proceedings, or litigation, water law is one of the firm's primary and most active practice areas.

Our attorneys have extensive experience with matters relating to appropriative and riparian rights, drainage, ground water rights and regulations, water transfers, Federal reclamation law, water delivery systems, water district law and administration, and water quality. The firm has also been involved in water acquisitions, and the management of, and disputes concerning, municipal, industrial, and agricultural supplies. Practice Group Chair Lauren Layne serves as general counsel to various irrigation and water districts, flood control and storm water districts, and a number of newly formed Groundwater Sustainability Agencies

We provide legal services with respect to all aspects of water law to individual clients, several public and private water entities, including irrigation and water districts, and to municipal entities.

In addition to representing public agencies and individuals, we act as special counsel in transactions and litigation involving water and water-related matters for financial institutions, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, West American Bank, Bank of the West, Union Bank, Rabobank Nederland, Valley Independent Bank, various insurance companies, and The Nature Conservancy. We work closely with their staff and in-house counsel to provide comprehensive representation on a cost-effective basis.