Alan is a partner in the Firm’s Water Law and Special Districts Department, specializing in water and public agency law. Alan serves as general counsel to numerous agencies, including contractors within State Water Project and the Central Valley Project. Alan represents these and other public agency and private clients on a broad range of transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters related to contractual water supplies, water rights, surface and groundwater storage projects, and various aspects of public agency law, including compliance with CEQA, Proposition 218, the Brown Act and the Public Records Act. Alan also plays a central role in the efforts of numerous clients within the Kern Subbasin, the Paso Robles Subbasin, the Cuyama Basin, and elsewhere in California to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Alan’s representational matters have included the Antelope Valley Groundwater Adjudication, negotiations with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation regarding Central Valley Project repayment contracts, and litigation concerning water rights on the Kern River.
Alan’s prior experience includes serving as Senior Counsel to the Tejon Ranch Company, the owner of the largest contiguous parcel of privately owned land in the State of California. Alan advised Tejon’s management on all facets of the Company’s business, including water issues associated with Tejon’s commercial and residential real estate developments and various regulatory and litigation matters affecting the disposition of Tejon’s water assets. Before law school, Alan worked for several years on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to a member of Congress representing the Central Valley.
Alan was born and raised in Pasadena, California. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2006.
Alan resides in Bakersfield with his wife and two daughters.
- B.A., cum laude, Political Science – Gustavus Adolphus College, 1997
- J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2006
- Association of California Water Agencies, Legal Affairs Committee
- Kern County Farm Bureau; Board Member, 2012-2019
- Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Bakersfield, Class of 2011
- Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors (Board Chair, 2020-2022)