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Tara E. Paul


T 213.612.7869
F 213.612.7801
777 South Figueroa Street, 34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Tara Paul is a member of the Water Practice Group and represents public agencies and investor-owned utilities.  Her practice is focused on water rights, and her experience includes representing clients in complex water rights litigation.  Ms. Paul also provides legal counseling and advice to public agencies regarding regulatory compliance, including issues related to the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Prior to joining Nossaman, Ms. Paul served as a clerk with the 5th District of the California Court of Appeal.  She was also awarded a Fellowship at the University of Cambridge Lauterpacht Centre for International Law where she researched the role of natural resources laws in post-conflict countries.

Representative Work

  • Goleta Water District v. Slippery Rock Ranch, LLC. Key member of litigation team representing public water district in successful litigation of a high-profile water rights dispute.

  • Abatti v. Imperial Irrigation District. Represent irrigation district in a writ action involving numerous water-related issues, including equitable distribution of water.

  • San Gabriel Valley Water Company, Fontana Water Company, and Fontana Union Water Company.  Assisting 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.

  • Various public agencies. Assist with General Counsel services to public agency clients on various aspects of operations and management, including legal advice concerning water rights transactions, Brown Act compliance, Proposition 218, environmental issues, labor and employment issues, and local ordinances.

Tara E. Paul
Tara E. Paul



J.D., Indiana University, Maurer School of Law, 2014

M.P.A., Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 2014

B.A., California State University, Fresno, 2007, magna cum laude




U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
California State Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Southern California Water Committee, Inc.
Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment
Pacific Council on International Policy

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