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Joseph D. Hughes

Managing Partner
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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. He is AVĀ® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of distinction.

Practice Focus

Water and Public Agency Law

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California, 1993

Professional Associations

  • General Counsel

    • Belridge Water Storage District, Lost Hills Water District

    • Berrenda Mesa Water District, Dudley Ridge Water Distract

    • 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

    • Golden Hills Community Services District

    • Arvin-Edison Water Storage District

  • Kern County Bar Association

    • Member of the Board of Directors, 2015-2021

    • President, 2020

  • Association of California Water Agencies

    • Member of the Legal Affairs Committee, 2012-Present

Community Involvement

Kern County Museum Foundation

  • Member of the Board of Trustees, 2013 - 2021
  • Chairman, 2017 - 2021

Alta Sierra Mutual Water Company

  • Member of the Board of Directors, 2014 - 2021
  • President, 2017 - 2021

Kern County Employees Retirement Association

  • Member of the Board of Trustees, 2004 - 2012; 2021-Present
  • 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
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