Mr. Hobbs graduated from California State University, Stanislaus (B.A., 2001) and from the McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 2004). He was admitted to the California State Bar in January 2005.
Mr. Hobbs is the firm’s lead attorney on matters for the Merquin County Water District, the Western Hills Water District, and the Turlock Mosquito Abatement District. He is the firm’s lead counsel on a number of litigation matters for the Turlock Irrigation District.
He advises and represents our public agency clients on groundwater rights, Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation, Propositions 218 and 26, landowner-voting director elections, Political Reform Act, conflicts of interest, Brown Act, employment issues, adoption and implementation of water conservation requirements, Public Records Act, water treatment plant issues, Mello Roos, LAFCO, and government contract issues.
Mr. Hobbs is a member of the California Municipal Utilities Association’s Proposition 26 Committee and is the firm’s representative to the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions (CALAFCO).
An experienced litigator, he recently prevailed at both the trial court and appellate court levels against a city, which tried to be annexed to an irrigation district for retail electric service only. He is currently litigating a case on behalf of an irrigation district to enforce the district’s rights under a recorded easement.
Prior to joining the firm on July 1, 2010, Mr. Hobbs’ primary areas of practice were residential subdivision development and civil litigation. He was responsible for real property acquisitions, vertical construction contracts and warranty issues, Subdivision Map Act compliance, local zoning, and General Plan Amendments.
 Email: dhobbs@calwaterlaw.com