No matter what the type of organization, playing an active role in the political decision-making process and policy formation is no longer a luxury—it is an imperative.
Brownstein’s Tax Policy Group Chair Russ Sullivan moderates the first in an ongoing tax series. Harold Hancock, Rosemary Becchi, Lori Harju, Charlie Iovino and Radha Mohan cover everything from John McCain’s tax legacy and Tax Reform 2.0 to the Treasury Department’s flurry of regulatory activity and what we can expect from Congress during the lame-duck session this fall. With so much happening in the world of tax, and so much more to come, it has been anything but a sleepy legislative and regulatory session.
Assisting clients on a broad range of California water rights and land use matters, Jessica Diaz’s practice encompasses water rights litigation and due diligence, counsel on compliance with state water regulations, a range of public law issues and assistance with land use disputes and transactions. Jessica works with public agencies and private property owners on a variety of matters, including issues related to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Coastal Act, local land use law and regulatory compliance.
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 regulatory compliance. Before joining Brownstein, 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.
Jessica’s pre-law background contributes to her ability to counsel clients on environmental and land use issues. She worked as an aide for a California state legislator and later served as the district director for a Sonoma County supervisor, where she provided counsel on a range of policy issues including water resources, land use, and solid waste. She also led a community-based nonprofit focused on the intersection of affordable housing, labor and environmental issues.
Jessica has spoken on water and public law issues throughout the state and is committed to her pro bono work.
Counsel to a broad group of agricultural stakeholders in the Salinas Valley providing assistance with the development of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency that includes significant participation by the agricultural groundwater users within the valley.
Jessica Diaz Named Water & Wastes Digest 2018 Young Water Professional
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Adds New Associate To Expand Natural Resources Department In Santa Barbara
Brownstein Water: Current Trends in Water Law & PolicyContributor
What the Water Conservation Bills Mean for California’s Water Suppliers: Reporting and Increased Data Collection as a Way of Life
Co-author, Brownstein Water Blog, July 3, 2018
AB 1234 Ethics
Speaker, 2018 ACWA Spring Conference & Exhibition, Sacramento, CA, May 10, 2018
CEQA News You Can Use - Vol. 3, Issue 1
Brownstein Client Alert, February 1, 2018
Prior Appropriation Water Law Made Simple
Speaker, Water Rights in California Seminar, National Business Institute, San Luis Obispo and Fresno, CA, January 2018
Green v. Gray Infrastructure in Land Use and Development
Panelist, California Water Law Symposium, Berkeley, CA, January 20, 2018
Developments in Groundwater LitigationModerator, 2017 Groundwater Law Workshop, Sacramento, CA, October 2, 2017
Serving Development During Drought: Creative & Sustainable SolutionsCo-author, Santa Barbara Lawyer, August 2017
CEQA News You Can Use - Vol. 2, Issue 2Brownstein Client Alert, July 20, 2017
CEQA News You Can Use - Vol. 1, Issue 2Brownstein Client Alert, February 2, 2017
CEQA News You Can Use - Vol. 1, Issue 1Brownstein Client Alert, October 6, 2016
California Municipal Law Handbook 2016
Attorney Reviewer, CEB Municipal Law Handbook, 2016 Update
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Where Do We Stand in the Quest for Sustainable Groundwater Management?Brownstein Client Alert, April 12, 2016
Information is Power: What do the State’s New Water Reporting Requirements Mean for You?Brownstein Client Alert, March 29, 2016
Brownstein's Annual California Water Rights Compliance ChecklistBrownstein Client Alert, January 26, 2016
Handling the Application, Lease, Transfer and Sale of Water Rights
Speaker, Water Rights in California Seminar, National Business Institute, Fresno and Bakersfield, January 2016
A Forest Divided: Minard Run Oil Co. v. U.S. Forest Service and the Battle Over Private Oil and Gas Rights on Public Lands
Author, Ecology Law Quarterly, March 1, 2013
Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City of Manhattan Beach: California Supreme Court Answers More Than “Paper or Plastic?” in Major Decision on Corporate Standing Under CEQA
Author, Ecology Law Quarterly, March 1, 2012
2018 Young Water Professional, Water & Wastes Digest
2018 Water Leader, Water Education Foundation
Land Use Law Writing Award
Best Petitioner Brief and Quarterfinalist, 2014 McBaine Moot Court Competition