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Best Best & Krieger, Attorneys at Law

2001 North Main Street Suite 390
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596

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  1. Appeals: 34%
  2. Environmental: 33%
  3. Litigation: 33%

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Award nameGrantorDate granted
"The Best Lawyers of America""The Best Lawyers of America"2008
Public Lawyer of the YearState Bar of California2004
United States Supreme Court “Best Brief Award”N/A1997
a v ratingMartindale-Hubbell1980
Who's Who in AmericaN/AN/A
Who's Who in the WorldN/AN/A
Who's Who in American LawN/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselBest Best & Krieger2004 - Present
Deputy Solicitor and Acting SolicitorU. S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.2002 - 2004
General CounselMetropolitan Water District of Southern California2000 - 2002
Chief Assistant Attorney General; head of Public Rights DivisionCalifornia Attorney General1991 - 1999
Deputy Attorney GeneralCalifornia Attorney General1963 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationChairman, Water Resources Committee1988 - 1990
Western States Water CouncilCalifornia member1985 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
California v. United States, 438 U.S. 645 (1978)State of California prevailed
National Audubon Society v. Superior Court (Mono Lake), 33 Cal.3d 419 (1983)Public trust doctrine applies to water rights
O.W.L. Foundation v. City of Rohnert Park, 168 Cal.App.4th 568 (2008)Court of Appeal upheld City's water supply assessm
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Publication nameTitleDate
29 Whittier Law Review 765California Water Law: Historical Origins to the Present2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1961
Columbia UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1958