Lauren Bernadett is a natural resources lawyer who counsels private and public clients through regulatory compliance, legislative development and analysis, administrative processes, and litigation in state and federal courts. Lauren works on a wide range of issues, focusing primarily on water law, environmental law, public revenue (taxes and fees), and public agency law.
Lauren’s practice is grounded in advising clients on regulatory compliance and general counsel matters. As a close corollary to her regulatory practice, Lauren develops and helps clients pursue legislative solutions related to water, the environment, and government affairs, and she is responsible for drafting bills and amendments that are now California law. Lauren is also a key advisor on litigation challenging the state’s water rights fee allocations and drought curtailments imposed on northern California watersheds. By drawing on her expertise in legislative affairs, litigation, and general counsel advisory work, Lauren delivers uniquely tailored, thoughtful, and clear solutions to complex and entrenched problems.
Prior to practicing, Lauren earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where she was the Joyce A. Will Scholar in Environmental Law and served as a Managing Editor for the UCLA Law Review. After law school, Lauren moved to Arkansas to pursue an LL.M. in agricultural and food law at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. During her LL.M. program, Lauren focused on agriculture and water law, wrote and published several law review articles, and co-authored a chapter for the American Bar Association’s book on urban agriculture. Lauren’s aptitude for taking initiative and promise in the environmental law field secured her scholarships that fully funded her J.D. and LL.M. education.
Outside of work, Lauren is a competitive runner. Her most recent accomplishments include setting a personal record at the California International Marathon and qualifying for the 2020 Boston Marathon.