Nearly 20 years of experience handling the most significant and complex water matters in California, Nevada and across the west. Proven litigation experience. Business-savvy approach to water supply strategy and groundwater management.
Whether developing groundwater management strategies, identifying water and agricultural investment opportunities, defending water rights or securing industrial and recreational water supplies, Brad Herrema understands how to synthesize clients’ unique business needs with market realities and key stakeholders’ concerns in mind. Brad serves as special water counsel to private corporations, private equity funds, renewable energy developers, water purveyors, resorts and golf courses, mining companies, investor-owned utilities and landowners developing innovative strategies to address water supply planning, water right permitting and adjudications, and environmental concerns. Skilled at navigating multi-party dynamics, Brad excels at developing and implementing strategies that proactively mitigate potential issues. His adjudication experience shows his comfort in front of a court. This includes counseling various clients in groundwater adjudications in Santa Maria, the Antelope Valley, Ventura River watershed and Oxnard Plain and Pleasant Valley groundwater basins.
A trailblazer in groundwater matters, Brad serves as general counsel to the Chino Basin Watermaster, which oversees the implementation of a four-decade old groundwater right adjudication in the Inland Empire. He helps clients develop property portfolio strategies to manage land and water assets and best navigate the implementation of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
Brad co-chairs the firm’s Natural Resources Department and is a director emeritus of the Groundwater Resources Association of California.