Rebecca Andrews

Partner

rebecca.andrews@bbklaw.com

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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