Drainage Impacted Landowners in the California Central Valley


Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Beveridge & Diamond is the largest firm in the nation that concentrates its practice in all aspects of environmental law and litigation. Since B&D was established in 1974, its attorneys have included the first EPA Administrator, the first Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, two former EPA General Counsels, several other former federal and state agency officials, and numerous Department of Justice attorneys with experience in all types of litigation and contested proceedings. With over 90 attorneys across the nation practicing every aspect of environmental law and litigation, few, if any, law firms can match B&D's depth and breadth of experience at the international, federal, and state levels in environmental law.

    Our B&D team includes:
  • Fred Wagner, Attorney of Record for the lawsuit, is a Principal in B&Dís Washington, D.C. office. Fred has 28 years of environmental litigation experience, including at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he defended numerous takings cases in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He has litigated complex environmental and natural resources cases in state and federal courts all around the United States, both at DOJ and during his 20 years with B&D. Most recently, between 2011 and April of 2014, Fred served as Chief Counsel for the U.S. Federal Highway Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation. In that capacity, he supervised litigation challenging billion-dollar infrastructure projects across the country and coordinated closely with leadership at the DOJ and federal resources agencies, including the United States Department of the Interior. Fred leads B&Dís Natural Resources and Project Development practice group.
  • Gus Bauman, Of Counsel in B&D's Washington, D.C. office, has a national and regional reputation as a land use lawyer. He advises clients on such matters as comprehensive planning, project development and natural resource regulation. He has been deeply involved as co-counsel or amici counsel in Supreme Court land use cases over the years, including landmark takings decisions. His recent matters have included zoning, historic preservation, wetlands, NEPA, TMDL, and Clean Air Act transportation conformity issues.  From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Bauman was full-time Chairman of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
  • Eric Klein is an environmental civil litigator and regulatory counselor in the Washington, D.C. office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.  He has handled cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, litigating a variety of complex civil and commercial matters before juries, trial and appellate courts, arbitrators and administrative tribunals.  Mr. Klein frequently litigates both statutory and common law claims, and specializes in challenging and defending technical experts in the litigation of complex environmental torts.

Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff:

The law firm of Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, LLP (KCR) is dedicated to advancing the rights of consumers, employees and injured victims in class actions and other complex consumer and antitrust litigation, and in matters involving mass catastrophic injury. The attorneys of the firm have had lead responsibility in obtaining recoveries through judgments or settlements aggregating over $1 billion for consumers and injured victims. The firm's reputation for excellence has been recognized by numerous courts throughout the county, which have routinely appointed KCR attorneys to take a leading role in organizing and managing complex litigation to ensure its efficient prosecution. The firm's more prominent successes and ongoing cases include:

    Our KCR team includes:
  • William A. Kershaw has represented clients in class actions and complex litigation in state and federal courts for over 27 years and has been named one of the Top 100 Litigators in Northern California for the last several years. He has served as court-appointed lead class counsel and/or liaison counsel on behalf of plaintiffs in numerous class actions, mass torts, and consumer-related proceedings throughout the United States.
  • Lyle Cook, a Partner at Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff in complex litigation, has been responsible for the prosecution of mass torts and consumer and antitrust class actions on behalf of diverse public and private sector clients.

All attorneys listed above have been admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, where this lawsuit is pending. Please see each attorney's individual website page for the jurisdictions where each attorney is licensed to practice and the courts where each attorney has been admitted to practice.

DISCLAIMER: Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. and Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff LLP are seperate law firms acting as co-counsel for purposes of representing plaintiffs in this class action lawsuit. B&D and KCR are not otherwise affiliated as a partnership, joint venture, or other association and do not constitute a single firm.