Deborah J. Kollars

Associate

Tel: (916) 551-2823

Location(s)

At a Glance

Deb focuses on water, land use and environmental matters.
 
She is a former journalist who worked at the Miami Herald and The Sacramento Bee, reporting on government and public policy.
 
During law school, Deb worked as a communications consultant to the State Water Contractors.

Deborah J. Kollars focuses on water, land use and environmental matters, and provides advisory, litigation and transactional services to cities, counties and public agencies. She is an associate in the firm’s Environmental Law & Natural Resources and Municipal Law practice groups and is based in Sacramento.
 
Prior to joining Best Best & Krieger LLP, Deb was an associate with Remy Moose Manley, LLP, in Sacramento, focusing on land use and environmental law, including the California Environmental Quality Act. She earned her law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she graduated with great distinction and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. During law school, Deb served a judicial extern to the Honorable Ronald B. Robie of California’s Third District Court of Appeal. She also completed a legal internship with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
 
Before joining the legal profession, Deb enjoyed a successful journalism career, working for the Miami Herald and The Sacramento Bee. She specialized in in-depth government and public policy reporting, earned numerous state and national writing awards and developed deep ties within California’s capitol region. During law school, Deb worked as a communications consultant to the State Water Contractors, where her work involved research and writing on a range of water, environmental, ecosystem and biological topics. Deb is licensed to practice law in the State of California
 
Education

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, B.A.,journalism
  • Legal Services of Northern California, board member
State Water Board Releases Latest Round of Proposed Emergency Drought Regulations for California*
Legal Alerts Feb 2, 2017

State Water Board Releases Latest Round of Proposed Emergency Drought Regulations for California*

Written Comments Due in Five Days

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Legal Alerts Dec 2, 2016

Draft Plan Released to Establish Permanent Water Conservation Requirements Throughout California

Public Comments Accepted Until Dec. 19

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Legal Alerts May 19, 2016

Emergency Groundwater Sustainability Plan Regulations Adopted By California Water Commission

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Legal Alerts May 9, 2016

New Executive Order Released By California Governor for Long-Term Water Planning Released

State Water Resources Control Board Releases Draft Regulation to Modify Water Conservation Requirements

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Legal Alerts Mar 11, 2016

March 15 Deadline Approaches For California Water Suppliers to Apply for Adjustments to Water Conservation Requirements

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Legal Alerts Feb 19, 2016

DWR Releases Draft Emergency Regulations for Groundwater Sustainability Plans in California

Proposed Regulations Include Required Plan Elements and Criteria for State Review

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Legal Alerts Feb 10, 2016

California State Water Board Issues Directive on Submitting Information to Adjust Conservation Standards

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Legal Alerts Feb 1, 2016

City Ordinance Banning New Outdoor Billboards, but Authorizing Relocated Ones, Upheld by California Court

Authorizing Relocated Ones Upheld by Court; Constitutional Challenges Rejected; Injunction Order to Remove Billboard Affirmed

California State Water Board Releases Proposed Text of Emergency Water Conservation Regulation
Legal Alerts Jan 20, 2016

California State Water Board Releases Proposed Text of Emergency Water Conservation Regulation

Public Comments Due Jan. 28

State Water Board Releases Proposed Framework for Extending Emergency Water Conservation Regulations in California
Legal Alerts Dec 23, 2015

State Water Board Releases Proposed Framework for Extending Emergency Water Conservation Regulations in California

Public Comments Due Jan. 6

California’s Small Water Suppliers Must Report Water Conservation Data by Dec. 15
Legal Alerts Dec 4, 2015

California’s Small Water Suppliers Must Report Water Conservation Data by Dec. 15

Information on Outdoor Watering and Monthly Water Production Required

California Water Restrictions Could Continue Under New Executive Order
Legal Alerts Nov 16, 2015

California Water Restrictions Could Continue Under New Executive Order

Governor Orders Extension If Drought Conditions Linger

New California Energy Use Disclosure Program for Commercial and Multifamily Buildings Approved
Legal Alerts Nov 9, 2015

New California Energy Use Disclosure Program for Commercial and Multifamily Buildings Approved

Current Disclosure Requirements for Building Owners and Tenants Repealed

California Water Board Considering Extension Of Emergency Drought Regulations
Legal Alerts Nov 5, 2015

California Water Board Considering Extension Of Emergency Drought Regulations

Mandatory Water Restrictions Could Run Beyond February, Depending On Rain and Snowfall

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Legal Alerts Apr 29, 2015

Tough Mandatory Water Restrictions of up to 36 Percent Retained in Draft Emergency Drought Regulation for California

State Water Resources Control Board Cites Need to Avoid Potential “Catastrophic Impacts”

Draft Mandatory Regulations Restricting Water Use in California Released by State Water Resources Control Board
Legal Alerts Apr 20, 2015

Draft Mandatory Regulations Restricting Water Use in California Released by State Water Resources Control Board

Expanded Tiering System; Next Round of Comments Due Wednesday

California Legislators Seek to Mandate More Transparency and Accountability in Government
Authored Articles & Publications Apr 15, 2015

California Legislators Seek to Mandate More Transparency and Accountability in Government

BB&K Attorney Deb Kollars Writes in PublicCEO About Three Pending Pieces of Legislation That Aim to Strengthen the Government Code and Political Reform Act

California Water Suppliers Facing Historic Mandatory Restrictions on Water Usage
Legal Alerts Apr 2, 2015

California Water Suppliers Facing Historic Mandatory Restrictions on Water Usage

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