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Russell McGlothlin 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 has significant experience concerning regulated utilities, energy, land use, real estate, local government, and environmental matters, including CEQA and ESA compliance. 


John McDermott is a commercial litigator and trial attorney and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. He formerly chaired Brownstein’s Litigation Department and served as the firm’s General Counsel. He has over 30 years of experience litigating commercial disputes. John also specializes in corporate governance and serves as independent fiduciary counsel to the board of directors of a $40 billion public pension fund.

In the areas of intellectual property litigation, prosecution, licensing and entertainment law, Matt Francis vigorously protects and defends valuable intellectual property rights. Matt litigates trademark, unfair competition, patent, copyright, and trade secret actions in courts throughout Nevada, and has litigated in numerous other jurisdictions as well.

Law, politics and business converge around nearly every issue concerning water, energy and infrastructure. Chris Frahm 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.