Guillen, Christopher R.

Chris Guillen’s multifaceted practice spans all areas of water and land use. He represents clients in water rights and other water-related litigation and counsels clients on water transactions, compliance with state regulations including the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and water right permitting issues. His clients range from public water agencies, to corporations and private property owners. Chris also advises clients as to environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and land use permitting requirements during all phases of project development.  He represents landowners, developers, and energy companies from land use and environmental due diligence through litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Chris practiced complex litigation at a large international law firm.

Representative Matters
  • Represented an alliance of three agricultural organizations (Ventura County Coalition of Labor and Agriculture, Farm Bureau of Ventura County, and Ventura County Agricultural Association) in litigation challenging Ventura County temporary ordinance that significantly limited outdoor hemp cultivation. Successfully supported effort to enact permanent ordinance to strike proper balance in addressing competing stakeholder concerns – reasonably allowing hemp cultivation in the County while protecting sensitive receptors such as homes and schools.

  • Represent natural resources company in its development of major water supply, storage and infrastructure project. Representation includes counseling on all aspects of environmental review and land use requirements and defending the project’s interests in related litigation.

  • Environmental counsel for a private equity firm’s multi-million dollar investment in cannabis cultivation company

  • Representation of newly formed Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) for one of the the largest agricultural water districts in the United States. Representation includes counseling on compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act’s (SGMA) procedural requirements, preparation of the GSP, and collaboration with neighboring GSAs and stakeholders.

  • Represent solar developer in all water, land use and environmental review related matters for its development of a major solar power and battery storage project.

  • Representation of newly formed Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) for one of the the largest agricultural water districts in the United States. Representation includes counseling on compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act’s (SGMA) procedural requirements, preparation of the GSP, and collaboration with neighboring GSAs and stakeholders.

News & Events
Community

Board Member, Coastal Housing Coalition

Publications & Presentations
Education
  • J.D., 2014, Loyola Law School, Dean's List
  • B.A., 2011, University of California at Santa Barbara, Environmental Studies
Admissions
  • California
Membership

Environmental Law Section Executive Committee, California Lawyers Association

Member, Urban Land Institute (Los Angeles)

Member, Groundwater Resources Association of California

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