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Ms. Davis is a member of the California and New Mexico State Bars. She is admitted to practice before the Eastern, Central and Northern U.S. District Courts in California, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Davis is a graduate with honors of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where she was an Alice M. Baldwin scholar, and Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, where she was Associate Editor of the California Law Review. Ms. Davis has the experience and ability to manage all the client's administrative, litigation and legislative needs in environmental or resources related matters that have precedential or broad regional or statewide effects on industry. Her experience includes representation of numerous public and private clients before a variety of state and federal agencies regarding rulemakings, compliance counseling and negotiations in matters such as contracts for sale or transfer of water resources, affirmation of water rights in property development, addressing threatened and endangered species listings, consultations and recovery matters in resources development, analysis of availability and use of groundwater, and land use and water resources-related litigation. The Brenda Davis Law Group has access to the services of contract providers that include former judges, scientists and engineers, all skilled problem solvers, negotiators, and advocates experienced in making and implementing policy successfully at the highest legislative and executive levels. The firm will combine its experience and creativity with legal, fiscal, and technical knowledge to generate constructive approaches and innovative solutions to difficult problems. These contract providers are excellent communicators, able to distill complicated issues into easily understandable terms and to form coalitions to accomplish the clients' goals. Fellow: Class XI American Leadership Forum Mountain States Chapter, 2007; Class XXII California Agricultural Leadership Program, 1994.


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  1. Environmental: 50%
    38 years
  2. Energy: 25%
  3. Agriculture: 25%

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770 L Street, Suite 950
Sacramento, CA, 95814


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
McAuley AwardMercy FoundationN/A
Legacy Society AwardMercy FoundationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Brenda Davis Law Group2007 - Present
Managing CounselNatural Resources and Environmental Division of the California Farm Bureau Federation2001 - 2007
Associate CounselCalifornia Farm Bureau Federation1999 - 2001
Legislative AdvocateCalifornia Attorney General Dan Lungren’s Executive Office1996 - 1999
In-House CounselCentral Valley Project Authority1995 - 1996
MemberNossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliott1992 - 1995
MemberPublic Agency/Resources Department at Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard1990 - 1992
MemberEnvironmental and Business Groups at Landels, Ripley & Diamond1988 - 1990
Special Projects OfficerBureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, U.S. Department of the Interior1983 - 1988
Attorney and Legal AdvisorWater and Power Branch, Division of Energy and Resources, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior1979 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mercy FoundationCommunity Leadership Council, Vice-ChairN/A
American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources SectionVice ChairN/A
The Forest FoundationBoard of Directors, Vice -ChairN/A
4-H FoundationBoard of DirectorsN/A
CalExpo Board of DirectorsMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
The Consolidated Delta Smelt CasesInvalidation and Remand of Biological Opinion.
Pac. Coast Fed'n of Fishermen's Association/Institute for Fisheries Res. v. GutierrezN/A
NRDC v. KempthorneN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
39 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 21-1Reforming Western Water Rights: Contemporary Vision or Stubborn Revisionism?1993
Natural Resources and Environment MagazineWater LawN/A
Natural Resources and Environment MagazineEnvironmental PermittingN/A
Natural Resources and Environment MagazineAdministrative Law and PracticeN/A
Natural Resources and Environment MagazineWetlands PrimerN/A
Natural Resources and Environment MagazineEndangered Species Act IssuesN/A
Natural Resources and Environment MagazineHard Times and Water Law PracticeN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke UniversityPublic Policy SciencesBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Presentation for SMUDEndangered Species Act and Migratory Bird Treat Act2011