Joseph D. Hughes

Joseph D. Hughes

Managing Partner
Bakersfield, California
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Managing Partner, Joseph D. Hughes, was admitted to the California State Bar in 1993 after obtaining his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. His practice concentrates in the areas of water and public agency law. Joe represents public agencies and private companies in managing and protecting their water resources. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of distinction.

Community Involvement and Leadership

Kern County Museum Foundation

  • Member of the Board of Trustees, 2013-present
    Chairman, 2017

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

Areas of Practice

  • Water and Public Agency Law

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1993


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • Juris Doctor - 1993
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, California
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1990

Published Works

  • Jans v. Nelson 83 Cal.App.4th 848, 2000
  • Schwartz v. Schwartz 167 Cal.App.4th 733, 2000
  • Conservatorship of the Estate of Edde, 173 Cal.App.4th 883, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest designation, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Belridge Water Storage District, Lost Hills Water District, Berrenda Mesa Water District, Dudley Ridge Water District, General Counsel
  • Kern County Bar Association, Member of the Board of Directors, 2015 - present; Secretary, 2017
  • Association of California Water Agencies, Member of the Legal Affairs Committee, 2012 - Present

Professional Experience

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