Deborah J. Kollars focuses on water, land use and environmental matters, and provides advisory, litigation and transactional services to cities, counties and public agencies. Her practice focuses heavily on helping public agencies implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and water conservation regulatory actions. 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
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D.
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, B.A., journalism