Diaz, Jessica L.

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.

Representative Matters
  • 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.

News & Events
Community
  • Santa Barbara Mock Trial Competition, Judge
  • McBaine Honors Moot Court Competition, Brief Judge
Publications & Presentations
Education
  • J.D., 2014, Order of the Coif, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
  • B.A., 2006, Harvard College
Admissions
  • California
  • Alaska
Recognition

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