Lauren D. Layne

Lauren Layne has a background in farming and specializes in reclamation and water law, environmental law, public agency law, agribusiness and is an active member of her alumni associations.


Lauren D. Layne is a Shareholder at Baker Manock & Jensen, PC and chairs the firm's Reclamation and Water Law and Public Agency practice groups. Her law practice focuses on general water and environmental law, including CEQA and NEPA compliance, and includes various business transactional matters in the areas of flood control, water rights, water quality, public agency law, agribusiness, and real property. She also assists clients with land acquisitions and eminent domain proceedings. In addition to representing private farming clients, she serves as general counsel to various irrigation and water districts, flood control districts, and a number of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies.  Lauren attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she majored in Soil Science, chaired the National Agricultural Ambassador Conference, and competed on the Livestock Judging Team. While attending law school, Lauren competed on the Mock Trial team, was a student ambassador, and served on a number of campus-wide committees. Lauren was also a judicial extern for the Honorable Ronald B. Robie at the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, and served as a student member of the Anthony M. Kennedy, American Inn of Court.

Lauren is a native of Porterville and has an agricultural background that includes farming, growing citrus and olives, and raising sheep. She was very involved in both 4-H and FFA, is a past 4-H Leader, and received her American FFA Degree.  She is currently serving her third term on the Cal Poly Alumni Association Board of Directors as the Regional Director for the Central Valley and in that role oversees the Bakersfield, Tulare & Kings Counties, Fresno, and Modesto Chapters of the Cal Poly Alumni Association. Lauren also serves on the McGeorge Alumni Association Board of Directors.  She is the Vice Chair of the Association of California Water Agencies (“ACWA”) State Legislative Committee and serves on the ACWA Legal Affairs Committee.  Lauren is a member of the Fresno County Farm Bureau and a past officer of the Central Valley Chapter of California Women for Agriculture. She is the immediate past chair of the California Lawyers Association Business Law Section – Agribusiness Committee and is a co-chair of the Fresno County Bar Association Ag Law Section.  Lauren is also a member of the Fresno County Young Lawyers Association and the Fresno County Women Lawyers.

  • McGeorge School of Law (J.D., with distinction, 2010)
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (B.S., Soil Science, 2006)
Bar Admissions
  • State Bar of California, 2010
  • United States District Court, Eastern District

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