Douglas E. Coty


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  • Walnut Creek, CA
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Areas of Practice

  • Water Law
  • Public Agency

Doug Coty has significant experience in all phases of the legal and technical work necessary to establish, govern, operate, and maintain a variety of public and quasi-public agencies and special districts. Mr. Coty currently serves as General Counsel for the Oakwood Lake Water District in Manteca, California. He also serves as General Counsel for the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District, in Concord, California. The firm's lead attorney /general counsel for the Contra Costa Water District, serves as assistant general counsel to other firm clients, and provides special counsel services for other public agencies and the many private clients the firm represents.

Mr. Coty serves on the Legal Affairs Committee of the Association of California Water Agencies, participating on tax-related subcommittees. He lectures on water related matters as well as, Brown Act and Public Records Act compliance, and compliance with Propositions 218 and 26. Before associating with the firm in 2006, he spent seven years employed with the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency in Watsonville, California, and subsequently practiced water and public agency law for various clients.

Mr. Coty has extensive experience in public agency governance issues, including the Brown Act, Public Records Act, conflict of interest, environmental documentation, and elections or appointments to local agency legislative bodies. His areas of concentration have included water rights, water supply and quality, wastewater and recycled water, governmental organization and operation, environmental law, rates and charges (with particular emphasis on Proposition 218 and Proposition 26 procedural and substantive compliance issues), and customer services regulations. Mr. Coty has also worked on a variety of water supply issues related to surface water, groundwater, and recycled water used for irrigation, for both public and private clients. He also has assisted a number of private clients who sought to obtain or develop a water supply for use for agricultural or municipal and industrial purposes.

He received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993, and his J.D. from Santa Clara University, College of the Law, in 2003.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Legal Affairs Committee of the Association of California Water Agencies
  • California Association of Sewer Agencies
  • Member California State Bar (Public Agency and Natural Resources Sections)


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • J.D. - 2003
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    • B.A. - 1993
    • Major: Environmental Studies
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