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Gina Nicholls


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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 has been named a Super Lawyers “Southern California Rising Star” since 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

  • San Lorenzo Valley Water District. General counsel to the San Lorenzo Valley Water District on all aspects of its operations involving the provision of drinking water and wastewater collection in Santa Cruz County. 

  • Imperial Irrigation District.  Assisting with the District’s defense to a writ of mandate brought by agricultural water users to challenge the District’s water distribution plan.

  • Goleta Water District.  Assisted with a water rights lawsuit brought by the District in Santa Barbara Superior Court against a private water user.  

  • 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.  Monitoring and preparing public comments regarding proposed basin boundary modifications under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.  

  • California Water Association.  Assisted with the preparation of a template joint powers agreement for use in streamlining the formation of Joint Powers Authorities to serve as Groundwater Sustainability Agencies under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, including legal research regarding governance issues. Assisted with preparing public comment letters to state agencies including the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board.

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

  • Proposition 218.  Provided legal advice to several public agency clients regarding potential changes to water or sewer fees and charge.

Awards & Honors

Selected to the Southern California Rising Stars list, 2016-2019.

Gina  Nicholls
Gina  Nicholls



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

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000



U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Awards & Honors

Selected to the Southern California Rising Stars list, 2016-2019.

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