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Russell M. McGlothlin

Attorney at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Santa Barbara, California
Russell McGlothlin is a Shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck's Santa Barbara office and a member of the firm’s Natural Resources Department. Russell possesses extensive experience concerning water use and management in California and the western United States, including water right permitting and adjudication, compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, water transfers, conjunctive water use, water quality, and reclamation. In addition to his water practice, he has significant experience concerning regulated utilities, energy, land use, real estate, local government, and environmental matters, including California Environmental Quality Act compliance. He represents private companies, municipalities, special districts, and individual landowners with transactional negotiations, litigation, and administrative agency proceedings.

Russell frequently publishes and speaks on water law topics. Particularly notable publications include a law journal article published in the Denver Water Law Review titled “No Fictions Required: Assessing the Public Trust Doctrine in Pursuit of Balanced Water Management,” a law journal article published in the Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal titled “The Golden Rule* of Water Management,” and authorship of two chapters of the Groundwater Resources Association’s handbook, “California Groundwater Management.” He is also a member of the Council of Legal Advisors to the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Association Position
Partnership Council Member, Community Environmental Council Member
Liaison to the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, U.C.S.B.; Member of Bren's Council of Legal Advisors Member


School Degree Graduation Year
University of Oregon B.A. 1994
University of Michigan Law School J.D. 2000

Contact Information

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

1020 State St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101