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Joseph D. Hughes

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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.


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

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Communication Studies University of California - University Santa Barbara, CA 1990
  • Juris Doctor Santa Clara University School of Law - Graduate School Santa Clara, CA 1993
  • California 1993
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

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


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