Water Rights & Resources

Water Rights & Resources

Few issues are more pressing in California today than those affecting the acquisition and use of water rights.  O’Laughlin & Paris LLP is one of the leading water law firms in California in the area of water rights and resources.  Our attorneys are uniquely qualified to handle any matter relating to water rights, as we regularly assist clients in acquiring water rights, developing and perfecting water rights, amending existing water rights, and protecting water rights from regulation, conversion, forfeiture, and/or appropriation by third parties.

Representation:

  • Represent private and public entities in the application and acquisition of new water rights from the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Petition the State Water Resources Control Board to change the place of use, point of diversion, and season of diversion of an existing water right.
  • Challenge decisions issued by State Water Resources Control Board at the superior court and appellate court levels.
  • Adjudicate water rights at the State Water Resources Control Board, the superior court and appellate court levels.
  • Defend against a forfeiture action to extinguish water rights.
  • Challenge regulatory actions that impact the use of water rights at the superior court and appellate court levels.
  • Review the compliance, reasonable use, beneficial use and other attributes of water rights claimed by third parties.