Sarah Christopher Foley

Associate

Tel: (213) 787-2560

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At a Glance

Sarah works on water rights and water quality issues in groundwater and surface water systems.
 
She represents clients before the State Water Resources Control Board.
 
Sarah is licensed to practice law in the states of California and Texas.

Sarah Foley’s practice focuses on California and Texas water law, and she has experience handling a wide variety of water-related issues. An associate in the Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP, Sarah represents both public and private sector clients.
 
In representing the public sector, Sarah serves as special counsel for the City of El Paso de Robles, City of Santa Maria, City of Ventura, Los Angeles County, Tuolumne County, San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency, Western Municipal Water District, Desert Water Agency, State Water Contractors, Los Osos Community Services District, Santa Margarita Water District, and Castaic Lake Water Agency. Sarah also represents property owners throughout California, helping them to understand, utilize and protect their water rights.
 
Sarah works on water rights and water quality issues in groundwater and surface water systems throughout California. Her areas of experience include:

  • Water rights due diligence, planning, and reporting
  • Water transactions and transfers
  • Groundwater adjudications
  • Groundwater management and storage arrangements
  • Water quality
  • Water rights litigation
  • Negotiation of water rights agreements
  • Water supply planning
  • Wastewater 


Sarah also represents clients before the State Water Resources Control Board on issues including surface water rights and changes in the location and scope of wastewater discharges.
 
Sarah gives presentations throughout California on water issues. She has also written numerous articles about groundwater, surface water, and California’s drought. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Central and Southern districts of California and is licensed to practice law in California and Texas.
 
Prior to becoming an attorney, Sarah served in AmeriCorps as an early intervention literacy tutor for at-risk students. Sarah and her husband are both originally from Texas and enjoy spending time with their daughter.
 
Education

  • Southern Methodist University, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., with highest honors
New California Law Amends Water Supply Planning Laws
Legal Alerts Sep 27, 2016

New California Law Amends Water Supply Planning Laws

Water Supply Sufficiency Analyses Must Consider Groundwater Sustainability

State Board Issues Curtailment Notices of Surface Water Rights Diversions
Legal Alerts May 13, 2015

State Board Issues Curtailment Notices of Surface Water Rights Diversions

California Drought Prompts Action

Authored Articles & Publications Dec 1, 2014

Swing, Pendulum, Swing: California’s Historic Drought and Unprecedented Responses

BB&K Attorneys Paeter Garcia and Sarah Foley Present an In-Depth Look at the State's Drought and Recent Legislative and Legal Responses to It

Governor Signs New Laws Amending California’s Urban Water Management Planning Act
Legal Alerts Sep 24, 2014

Governor Signs New Laws Amending California’s Urban Water Management Planning Act

July 1, 2016 Set as Deadline for Preparing New Plans

Legislature Adopts Historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
Legal Alerts Aug 29, 2014

Legislature Adopts Historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Act Imposes Groundwater Management and Reporting Requirements on Local Agencies

Federal Court of Appeals Rules that California Water District May Recover Expectancy Damages from the United States
Legal Alerts Aug 7, 2014

Federal Court of Appeals Rules that California Water District May Recover Expectancy Damages from the United States

Opinion Reverses Trial Court, and Bureau of Reclamation May Owe Additional Damages for Breach of Water Supply Contract

Office of Planning and Research Issues Draft Update to State CEQA Guidelines for Analyzing Traffic Impacts
Legal Alerts Aug 7, 2014

Office of Planning and Research Issues Draft Update to State CEQA Guidelines for Analyzing Traffic Impacts

Deadline for Comments is 5 p.m. on October 10