Russell G. Behrens



In Memory

We are saddened by the loss of our friend and partner, Russ Behrens, on Nov. 2, 2018. Read remembrances about Russ from his colleagues.

Russell G. Behrens is a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Environmental Law & Natural Resources and Special Districts practice groups. Russell represents both public agencies and private clients in the areas of general counsel services; environmental and water law; water facility project formation, financing, construction and operations; land annexation; and coordinating related litigation.
Russell formerly served as lead general counsel to three regional wholesale water distribution agencies: Municipal Water District of Orange County (1969), Castaic Lake Water Agency (2003) and San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency (1989). He now assists lead general counsel for those agencies as needed. He also served as special counsel to Sweetwater Authority, Capistrano Beach Water District and the Hemet/San Jacinto Groundwater Association.

Before joining BB&K, Russell was a principal in the firm of Kidman, Behrens & Tague (formerly McCormick, Kidman & Behrens) in Costa Mesa.
Russell served on the board of directors of the Rancho Santiago College District and the Santa Ana College Foundation, and was a founding member of the William Gray American Inn of Court of Orange County. He also served as a member of the State Bar Public Law Section Executive Committee, including two terms as vice chairman. Russell was chairman of the Association of California Water Agencies Continuing Legal Education Committee for a decade. He is admitted to practice in the State of California.


  • University of Southern California School of Law, J.D.
  • Santa Ana College, A.A.