O’Laughlin & Paris LLP is a recognized leader on groundwater issues in California. The firm’s attorneys were active participants in the drafting of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), and they leverage that unique experience to counsel and represent their groundwater sustainability agency (GSA) clients throughout the state towards SGMA compliance, including the development and adoption of groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs). The firm also drafted a definitive guide to the development of GSAs in collaboration with the California Water Foundation, titled, "Know Your Options: A Guide to Forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies."
The firm regularly provides advice and counsel regarding overlying groundwater rights, and has successfully prosecuted and defended its clients’ interests in matters arising from alleged groundwater pumping violations. As groundwater law continues to adapt, particularly under SGMA, the firm remains at the forefront of all new developments.