About Aaron

Aaron Baker, Attorney at Law

Aaron is a California licensed (Bar No. 261973) attorney and graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he focused intensively on issues of water law and policy, public lands, and administrative law.

After chairing the 2008 California Water Law Symposium, Aaron went on to work in the water group at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Santa Barbara. Aaron eventually returned to the Bay Area. Aaron now practices in Sonoma County, where, in addition to running a small tech startup, he represents clients on issues such as litigation, transactional – including water rights due diligence, transfers, and dedications – ESA, groundwater management, surface and groundwater rights and adjudications, SWRCB petitions and filings, and CEQA.

Representative Matters

  • Litigation
  • Transactions
    • Due Diligence
    • Transfers
    • Dedications
    • Leases
  • ESA issues, including:
    • Habitat Management Plans
    • Recovery Plans
  • Surface and Groundwater Rights issues:
    • Overdraft
    • Conservation easements
    • Adjudications
    • Conjunctive use
    • Groundwater Basin Management Plans
  • Administrative Law
    • Rate-setting
    • Development regulations
    • Taxation issues
  • CEQA

Educational Programs

Aaron chaired the 2008 California Water Law Symposium, which addressed adaptive strategies for addressing climate change. The CA-WLS is an annual collaboration among Bay Area law school students focused on discussion and analysis of California’s freshwater resources by leading water law and policy practitioners and experts. The CA-WLS is the recipient of the 2010 American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy & Resources Law inaugural Student Program of the Year Award.

After graduation, Aaron went on to serve as President of the Board of Directors for the CA-WLS.

Publications

California Passes Water Management Legislation for the Future (American Water Works Assoc., Jan. 2010).

Court of Appeals Finds Diversion for Endangered Species to be Physical Taking (American Water Works Assoc., December, 2008).

Central Delta Water Agency v. State Water Resources Control Board: Exposing Inherent Tensions in the California Water Code with Respect to Water Transfer Markets; 14 Hastings W.-Nw. J. Envt’l L. & Pol’y 1645 (2008)

Internships

California Attorney General’s Office, Natural Resources Division (2008)
U.S. Attorney, Environment and Natural Resources Division (2007)
San Francisco Superior Court, Law and Motion Dept. (2007)
California Courts of Appeal, Honorable James Lambden (2006)

Honors & Awards

C.A.L.I. Award, California Water Resources Seminar (2008)
C.A.L.I. Award, California Water Law and Policy (2007)