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Nossaman LLP

Gina Nicholls


T 213.612.7815
F 213.612.7801
777 South Figueroa Street, 34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Gina Nicholls is a member of Nossaman’s Water Practice Group and represents public agency clients and investor-owned utilities.  Ms. Nicholls has litigation, regulatory, and transactional experience.  Her practice focuses on water rights, California public agencies, and limitations imposed by the state constitution on water-related rates, fees, and charges.  She was named a Super Lawyers “Southern California Rising Star” in 2016 by Los Angeles magazine.

Prior to joining Nossaman, Ms. Nicholls practiced complex litigation at a large international law firm.  Ms. Nicholls also worked as an attorney in the office of general counsel of a federally funded research laboratory and institute of higher education.  Before attending law school, Ms. Nicholls worked as a consulting environmental engineer and served in the United States Navy.

Representative Work

  • California Water Association.  Assisted with the preparation of a template joint powers agreement for use in streamlining the formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, including legal research regarding governance issues.

  • San Gabriel Valley Water Company, Fontana Water Company, and Fontana Union Water Company.  Litigating a complex water rights dispute involving numerous issues arising under the Orange County judgment, the Western-San Bernardino judgment, and other water-related decrees and doctrines.

  • City of Ontario.  Advising the City on ongoing basis in connection with a wide range of water-related legal issues including proceedings seeking to amend the Chino basin judgment.

  • Antelope Valley Groundwater Basin.  Assisted with representation of a private client in the water rights adjudication and subsequent formation of watermaster.

Awards & Honors

Named a Super Lawyers "Southern California Rising Star" in 2016 by Los Angeles magazine.

Gina  Nicholls
Gina  Nicholls



J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2009, UCLA Law Review, Senior Editor, UCLA Moot Court Honors Advocate

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000



United States District Court, Central District of California

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Awards & Honors

Named a Super Lawyers "Southern California Rising Star" in 2016 by Los Angeles magazine.

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