Joseph D. Hughes

Joseph D. Hughes

Partner
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Location:
Bakersfield, California
Phone:
661-401-7755
Fax:
661-326-0418
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Joseph D. Hughes is a partner in the firm and leader of the water and public agency practice group. He represents water agencies and private entities to obtain, develop, manage, and transfer water and water rights. As a member of various public boards himself, Joe understands the policy-making and governing challenges faced by public officials. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of distinction.

Areas of Practice

  • Water and Public Agency Law

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1993

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • Juris Doctor - 1993
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, California
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1990
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Communication Studies

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • General counsel
  • - Belridge Water Storage District, Lost Hills Water District, Berrenda Mesa Water District, Dudley Ridge Water District
  • - West Kern Water District
  • - Kings River Water Association, Kings River Conservation District, Kings River Water Quality Coalition
  • - Chowchilla Water District
  • - Cuyama Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency
  • - East Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency
  • - Mound Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency
  • - North of River Sanitary District
  • Kern County Bar Association
  • - Member of the Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • - Treasurer, 2018
  • Association of California Water Agencies
  • - Member of the Legal Affairs Committee, 2012-present

Professional Experience

  • Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP 2006-present, Managing Partner, 2014-2018
  • Kuhs, Parker & Hughes, Associate & Partner, 1995 - 2005
  • Kern County Counsel, Bakersfield, Deputy County Counsel, 1994

Community Involvement

  • Kern County Museum Foundation
  • - Member of the Board of Trustees, 2013-present
  • - Chairman, 2017-present
  • Kern County Employees Retirement Association
  • - Member of the Board of Trustees, 2004-2012
  • - Chairman, 2009
  • Kern County Law Library
  • - Member of the Board of Trustees, 2002-2017
  • Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.
  • - Member of the Board of Directors, 2000-2011
  • Judge Pro Tem, Small Claims, Kern County Superior Court, 2001-2004
  • Kern County Superintendent of Schools Programs
  • - Attorney Coach, South High School, Mock Trial Team, 1996-1998