Municipal and Water Law

Lagerlof, Senecal, Gosney & Kruse, LLP, has practiced municipal and water law for more than 80 years, earning an unparalleled reputation in this area of practice. We have participated in many of southern California’s most prominent water rights cases, and continue to serve as general counsel for numerous public agencies and mutual water companies, advising them on day-to-day operations, regulatory compliance, legislative issues and administrative matters.

The firm has represented more than 50 private and public water agencies, and have conducted numerous water rights investigations, analyzed historical water development records, and rendered many opinions relating to the confirmation of water rights throughout California. Our attorneys also have represented scores of Southern California cities, mutual water companies and private corporations on water-related, environmental, public finance, legislative, rate-setting, harbor and port development matters.

The firm’s diverse experience encompasses the following:

  • Formation and consolidation of public agencies and mutual water companies
  • All phases of public financing
  • Rate setting and Proposition 26 and 218 compliance
  • Personnel and employment law matters
  • Contract preparation and dispute resolution
  • LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) proceedings
  • CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) processing and litigation
  • Clean Water Act and NPDES permit issues
  • Brown Act and Public Records Act compliance
  • Political Reform Act and conflict-of-interest matters
  • Water rights validation and transfer
  • Land and facilities acquisitions through condemnation proceedings and by purchase.
  • Software licensing and computer equipment transactions

Specifically for mutual water companies, we have incorporated new companies, handled stock permit applications for existing companies needing to issue additional shares, engaged in the review and, where necessary, restatement of bylaws, and assisted in the recording of liens to facilitate the collection of unpaid water accounts.

Our clients include public water agencies, joint powers authorities, watermasters, irrigation districts, and municipal, county and California water districts, as well as mutual water companies. We have served as special counsel for the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), and currently serve as general counsel to the California Rural Water Association and the California Association of Mutual Water Companies.