BRETT A. STROUD
Attorney | Water Law
Brett A. Stroud is a member of the firm’s Water and Special Districts department. From the beginning of his legal career, Brett’s practice has been focused on litigation. Before moving to Bakersfield, he practiced business and real estate litigation in Manhattan Beach, California, where he focused on nonjudicial foreclosure litigation, contract disputes, and appeals. As appellate counsel, he secured affirmance of a $4.2 million construction fraud judgment and an interlocutory judgment for the partition of the largest parcel of real estate in Los Angeles County. He also has experience with defamation cases, California’s Anti-SLAPP statute, and class actions under the California Labor Code.
Brett is committed to giving his clients legally sound and practical advice that achieves their goals in a time and cost effective manner. In addition to practicing law, he has served as an adjunct professor of law at Trinity Law School in Santa Ana and a volunteer judge for various moot court competitions. He graduated in 2014 from the Pepperdine University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Pepperdine Law Review.
Outside the office, Brett enjoys playing pool, skiing, and studying American legal history. He recently moved to Bakersfield, where he lives with his wife Lydia.
- J.D., magna cum laude, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2014
- B.A., Anthropology, magna cum laude, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University, 2010
- California State Courts, 2014
- United States District Court, Central District of California, 2014
- United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2016
Honors, Awards & Achievements:
- Order of the Coif, 2014
- Balfour Scholarship, Phi Delta Phi, 2013
- Hagman Scholar, UCLA Extension, 2013
- Kern County Bar Association, 2018-Present
- California Bar Association, 2014-Present
- American Bar Association, 2018-Present
- The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, 2015-Present
- Brett A. Stroud, Preserving Home Rule: The Text, Purpose, and Political Theory of California’s Municipal Affairs Clause, 41 Pepp. L. Rev. 3 (2014)