Rob’s practice focuses on water law and related environmental issues, primarily representing public entities potable water and recycled water suppliers. He counsels and advocates in both transactional and litigation settings, and appears before local agencies, the California State Water Resources Control Board, various regional water quality control boards, the California Public Utilities Commission and state and federal courts.
Rob's experience includes sales agreements for the multi-million-dollar acquisition of a public water system by the local municipality. He has negotiated and drafted potable water and recycled water supply agreements between municipalities and special customers. He has also negotiated and drafted water facilities lease agreements providing for the lease of certain water diversion structures from a municipality to a private mutual water company. Rob has drafted and prosecuted water rights applications before the State Water Resources Control Board. He has drafted several ordinances for municipal entities. He has also successfully argued for ordinance changes ultimately adopted by local groundwater management agencies and municipalities. In addition, Rob has prepared articles of incorporation, bylaws, shareholder agreements and nonprofit exemption applications for mutual water companies.
In the litigation realm, Rob currently represents municipal water purveyors in the Santa Maria Groundwater Litigation, a complex adjudication involving more than 1,000 parties. He has successfully negotiated multi-million-dollar settlements from several large oil companies as compensation for MTBE contamination of public water purveyors' groundwater supply in two different groundwater basins. Rob has argued before the California Court of Appeals in both water-related and general business litigation matters. He has also successfully defended and settled a shareholder derivative suit on behalf of a large mutual water company.