Backed by more than seven decades of experience, O’Melveny's Water Practice helps a wide range of clients navigate all of the complicated legal issues implicated by this ever-more-important resource.
From complex deal work to high-stakes litigation, our water-related experience extends to almost every conceivable issue a water business, water investor or financier, major water user, or government entity could face.
We offer a multidisciplinary team of attorneys experienced in various corporate and regulatory matters related to the water and wastewater industries. Working seamlessly with our environmental law experts, land use, and regulatory lawyers, we assist our clients both on the feasibility of proposed projects, and in the documentation of the transaction to protect our clients' rights and limit their liability.
The practice regularly handles matters involving:
- Water Rights/supply
- Water Rights/infrastructure for long term development projects
- Acquisition of private water companies/systems
- Water facilities for master planned communities
- Water project financing
- Water transfer and wheeling agreements
- Produced water facilities
- Water quality/contamination issues
- Development of water infrastructure facilities
- Pipeline systems
- Tidelands and related issues
Our experience litigating water-related cases dates back to one of the first underground water basin cases in California. In the years since, O’Melveny has handled many more cases, including the West Coast Basin adjudication, San Gabriel Valley case, Central Basin case, the Santa Ana River case, along with a variety of tideland and oil controversies, development and environmental cases, and coastal development zoning matters. Our attorneys have spent time in public service and government, including serving as Special Master for the United States Supreme Court in water cases and as the general counsel at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.