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- J.D., California Western School of Law, 1974
- B.A., University of California Santa Barbara, 1966
Tim Gosney joined Lagerlof, Senecal, Gosney & Kruse, LLP in 1974, and is now one of the firm’s managing partners. He has nearly 40 years of experience in virtually every aspect of the firm’s business practice, with an emphasis in solving business and real estate problems in both the public and private sectors. He has served, or is now serving, as general counsel to Palmdale Water District, Newhall County Water District, Ventura Port District, Walnut Valley Water District, Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency and La Puente Valley County Water District, some of which he has represented for more than 20 years.
Mr. Gosney has extensive experience dealing with labor and employment problems, representing management in more than 100 labor arbitrations with only three unfavorable decisions. He also has extensive experience with the collective bargaining process, particularly in the public sector. He has worked closely with public and private entities, alike, in complex ground leasing and financing transactions, especially in the tidelands and submerged lands along the California coast.
Mr. Gosney’s litigation experience lies primarily in the business and transactional areas, including construction and financing of disputes, CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) compliance, condemnation and water rate litigation. In 2006, he was chief counsel for Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency in the California Supreme Court case that determined water rates to be “property related fees” and subject to the requirements of Proposition 218. He has served on the ACWA (Association of California Water Agencies) Legal Affairs Committee for more than 16 years, and is now in his fourth term as a member of the ACWA State Legislative Committee. He speaks frequently on employment law issues and matters of interest to public districts, such as the Brown Act, the Political Reform Act and conflicts of interest.
In 2012, Mr. Gosney was appointed as one of three trustees of the John Stauffer Charitable Trust, which provides grants to hospitals and universities, and he is devoting increasing time to charitable endeavors.