ENVIRONMENTAL LAW / CEQA LAW


The Environmental/CEQA Attorneys at Young Wooldridge, LLP in Bakersfield, CA can handle all aspects of Environmental/CEQA Law


Environmental Law | Young Wooldridge, LLP is known for its attorneys’ knowledge of the complex areas of water, public agency, and land use law and their ability to handle difficult issues. Co-founders John Young and Cam Paulden played a key role in establishing and developing this expertise when the State and Federal water projects were being constructed in Kern County in the 1960s. The Environmental/CEQA attorneys have a broad range of experience and are recognized and respected as experts in their field. The firm is capable of providing specialized legal services to a wide variety of private and public entity clients throughout the State of California requiring assistance with water and land use issues. The Environmental/CEQA attorneys regularly provide legal advice regarding the special laws that apply to public agencies, such as the Brown Act, Conflict of Interest, Public Finance, Public Contracting, CEQA, Eminent Domain and many others.


If you would like to find out how the Environmental/CEQA Attorneys at Young Wooldridge can help you, please contact the firm

The Environmental/CEQA attorneys represent clients who have rights to use groundwater and surface water systems, including the State Water Project, the Central Valley Project and local rivers. The firm is currently general counsel for various clients throughout the State, including Del Puerto Water District in Central California; Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District in Southern California; Kern Water Bank Authority and Arvin-Edison, North Kern, Semitropic and Wheeler Ridge water storage districts in the Southern San Joaquin Valley; and various water companies and community service districts providing urban and municipal services to Kern County residents. The firm also represents individuals who may be affected by public agency actions, such as eminent domain litigation, or may be in need of legal advice concerning other public agency matters.

Young Wooldridge, LLP regularly provides specialized advice relating to a wide array of legal matters including:


Conduct of public agency Board meetings pertaining to Brown Act

Conflict of Interest

Election, Referendum and Initiative matters

Labor and Employment matters

Water Rights

Prevailing Wage

Public Finance and Taxes, Assessments, Fees and Charges under Propositions 13, 62 and 218

Public Construction and Contracting

Environmental Law, including CEQA, NEPA and ESA

Endangered Species

Eminent Domain, Condemnation and Land Acquisition

Federal and State Legislation


In addition to acting as general counsel for many different industrial and public agency clients, the Environmental/CEQA attorneys are also able to handle individual matters that require experts in land and resource matters including complicated litigation. Examples include both prosecuting and defending Eminent Domain/Condemnation, Groundwater Adjudication and CEQA cases.


Young Wooldridge, LLP prides itself in developing and fostering long-term relationships with its clients. The firm has represented some water district clients for in excess of four decades. The attorneys recognize that a close and cooperative working relationship between legal counsel and the client — whether board members, staff or an individual — is critically important. Young Wooldridge, LLP is committed to being readily available to meet their clients’ immediate legal needs as they arise on a daily basis. The attorneys are experienced in working as part of a team of experts, which include managers, engineers and other consultants.


Young Wooldridge, LLP has also forged strong relationships through the years with elected and appointed officials in local, state, and federal government.


For additional information, please contact Ernest A. ConantScott K. Kuney or Steven M. Torigiani.