The law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck was named one of the most highly commended Water Law Firms of the Year at Global Water Intelligence’s (GWI) Global Water Awards on April 22. The award, presented at GWI’s 2008 conference in London, recognizes four law firms for their contribution to making the international water sector work more efficiently. Other award recipients included Simmons & Simmons, Pinsent Masons and Allen & Overy.
While Brownstein has played an integral role in water issues for the last decade, its recent merger with California water boutique Hatch & Parent placed the firm on the map in the area of water law and policy. The merger formed the West’s premier water law group with the ability to assist the public and private sectors in pioneering strategies to meet the increasing challenge of diminishing water resources and an increasing demand for water. The firm now boasts a team of 30 lawyers and policy advisors specializing in all fields across the spectrum of U.S. water legislation.
In 2007, Brownstein was involved in several notable water law and policy projects. The firm represented a coalition of Colorado water users in negotiations amongst the seven U.S. states for the operation of Colorado system reservoirs, resulting in a comprehensive agreement adopted by the U.S. federal government. Additionally, Brownstein represented a private equity investment group in its successful bid for a $67 million water rights purchase in Prescott, Ariz. Brownstein also led an effort to develop, design and implement a novel basin management strategy in the Chino Basin, Calif., for the removal of 400,000 acre-feet of groundwater and the creation of underground storage, valued at more than $1 billion.
Brownstein is also included in the Global Water Intelligence’s directory of leading water law firms.