Rebecca Andrews

Partner

Tel: (619) 525-1392

Location(s)

At a Glance

Rebecca focuses on water and administrative laws in California and Texas.
 
Her work as an assistant city attorney gives her a deep understanding of the demands on public agency resources.
 
Rebecca is adept at helping public agency clients navigate a myriad of environmental regulatory laws.
 

Rebecca Andrews’ practice focuses on federal, California and Texas-specific water and administrative law matters, as well as telecommunications. Rebecca works extensively with water districts, cities, counties and private clients on all aspects of water quality matters, including permitting, regulatory compliance, administrative and civil enforcement, and litigation.
 
Rebecca advises cities to ensure compliance with federal and state wireless siting laws and other regulations affecting individual permit applications. This includes revision of local codes, applications and processes governing wireless facilities siting and right of way permitting. She has experience litigating the Telecommunications Act on behalf of local governments and works with clients in Texas on compliance with Tex. S.B. 1004.
 
As an assistant city attorney, Rebecca’s practice is informed by an understanding and appreciation of the complex demands on public agency resources. With this understanding, she helps clients navigate environmental regulatory programs, including the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System under the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and state clean water laws. Rebecca’s experience includes:

  • Defending clients in enforcement actions brought by state and federal regulatory authorities for alleged violations of the water quality regulations
  • Representing clients as parties and amicus before state and federal courts in Clean Water Act citizen suits and challenges to the NPDES permits
  • Preparing comments and testifying before regulatory agencies during NPDES permit development, rulemakings and enforcement actions
  • Advising public agencies and private clients on compliance with water quality regulations
  • Advising cities and special districts on the development and use of recycled water, including ownership issues and responses to drought and flooding conditions
  • Advising clients on the water supply implications of water quality projects and water quality considerations of water supply projects
  • Assisting public agencies with the establishment and modification of regulatory compliance programs, including administrative and civil enforcement of environmental regulations
  • Preparing an expert report on regulatory compliance benefits of patented technology in a patent infringement lawsuit resulting in a $12.5 million jury award


While in law school at the University of San Diego School of Law, Rebecca was a member of the San Diego Law Review, a teaching assistant for property classes and a member of the appellate litigation team. Upon graduation, she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and received a pro bono service award for her volunteer work during law school. Rebecca graduated first in her class from Emory University with a Master of Divinity. She earned two fellowships to study at the Universität Göttingen in Germany while working on her master’s degree. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and licensed to practice law in the states of Texas and California.

Education

  • University of San Diego, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Emory University, M.Div., summa cum laude
  • Seattle Pacific University, B.A., magna cum laude
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  • Texas City Attorney Association
  • Texas Water Conservation Association
  • California Stormwater Quality Association. She participates in two Phase II MS4 committees through CASQA that focus on addressing water quality compliance issues for traditional and nontraditional MS4s.
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Decision Could Expand Clean Water Act NPDES Permit Requirements
Legal Alerts Feb 2, 2018

Decision Could Expand Clean Water Act NPDES Permit Requirements

Ninth Circuit Rules in Hawaii Wildlife Fund, et al. v. County of Maui

The People's Business: A Guide to the California Public Records Act
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 5, 2017

The People's Business: A Guide to the California Public Records Act

BB&K Attorneys Contributed to LCC Publication

Waters of the U.S. Rule to Go to Supreme Court
Legal Alerts Jan 18, 2017

Waters of the U.S. Rule to Go to Supreme Court

Nation’s High Court Agreed to Hear Challenges to Controversial Rule

California Supreme Court Requires State to Fund Local Stormwater Programs
Legal Alerts Aug 29, 2016

California Supreme Court Requires State to Fund Local Stormwater Programs

Funding Sources Potentially Impacted for Cities and Counties

State Water Board Releases Draft Safe Drinking Water Plan
Legal Alerts Oct 13, 2014

State Water Board Releases Draft Safe Drinking Water Plan

Comments on Draft Plan Due Dec. 15

BB&K Announces Three New Partners
Press Releases Jan 2, 2019

BB&K Announces Three New Partners

Additional Changes to Leadership Roles

Partner Andre Monette Discusses SCOTUS Clean Water Act Question with Law360
BB&K In the News Dec 4, 2018

Partner Andre Monette Discusses SCOTUS Clean Water Act Question with Law360

Invitation to Solicitor General for Opinion is Encouraging, He Says

Event Oct 17-21, 2018

IMLA 2018 Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

[WEBINAR] Fairly (or Unfairly?) Traceable: Are Discharges Through Groundwater Subject to the Clean Water Act?
Videos Mar 29, 2018

[WEBINAR] Fairly (or Unfairly?) Traceable: Are Discharges Through Groundwater Subject to the Clean Water Act?

BB&K Webinar Mar 29, 2018

Fairly (or Unfairly Traceable?) Traceable: Are Discharges Through Groundwater Subject to the Clean Water Act?

BB&K Free Webinar

Event Oct 14-18, 2017

IMLA's 82nd Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Presentations

  • "Coastal Surge Protection Barrier Project," The City of League City Texas, Dec. 4, 2018
  • Legal Update, California Stormwater Quality Association Annual Conference, Oct. 15, 2018
  • “Clean Water Act Legal Update,” International Municipal Lawyers Association, 2016
  • “Federal Environmental Law Update,” Texas City Attorney Association, Summer Conference 2016
  • “Regulatory Takings and Constitutional Principles of Land Use and Planning,” American Planning Association, AICP Exam Preparation, 2015
  • “Staying in Compliance: Understanding Fundamental Special Districts Laws,” California Special Districts Association, 2014