• Roger K. Masuda

    Roger K. Masuda

    Mr. Masuda graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (A.B., 1969) and from the University of California, Davis School of Law (J.D., 1972). He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1972. He was also admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1973 but he is not currently an active member of that Bar. Mr. Masuda completed formal mediation training from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law. Since 1973, Mr. Masuda has primarily advised and represented governmental and public agencies – first as an Army JAGC attorney (1973-1976) with emphasis on government contracts, administrative, and environmental (NEPA) law, and then in private practice as general counsel and special water counsel to public agencies. He served as part-time City Attorney of the City of Livingston, his hometown, from 1977 to 1984. He is a member of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Association of California Water Agencies and of the Legal Advisory Working Group of the California Special Districts Association. He has advised public agencies on the full gamut of public law matters. He has worked on surface water and groundwater rights, Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation, recycled water, contractual water rights, the integration of surface water and groundwater resources through conjunctive use and water banking, water transfers, recycled water, Urban Water Management Plans, Water Supply Assessments, balancing multiple uses and demands on river systems, FERC hydropower issues, and major riparian habitat restoration and salmon spawning gravel restoration projects, CEQA/NEPA, preparation of ordinances and resolutions, Brown Act, Public Records Act, conflicts of interest, rules and regulations, government contracts, improvement districts, Proposition 218 water and sewer rates and assessments, and Proposition 26. Mr. Masuda has negotiated and drafted complex transactional and settlement agreements for public agencies. He has served as the issuer’s counsel in numerous public agency and joint powers agency financings involving general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, notes, and certificates of participation. He farmed almonds part-time for some 25 years. As a farmer, he had actual experience in the conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water since he irrigated with both a private well and with surface water.
    Email: rmasuda@calwaterlaw.com
  • Sara J. Lima

    Mrs. Lima graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1987) and Hasting College of the Law, University of California (J.D., 1990). She was admitted to the California State Bar in 1990. She joined the law firm in 1991. She advises and represents public agency clients on Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, conflicts of interest, government contracts, rules and regulations, water rights, domestic water systems, water resources, recycled water sale agreements, environmental, and reservoir recreation law matters. Mrs. Lima is the Chief Assistant General Counsel for the Turlock Irrigation District and is the attorney for the Don Pedro Recreation Agency and the Don Pedro Project Board of Control. She advises TID on the drinking water system for the Town of La Grange. She was TID’s lead attorney and chief draftsperson on the water transfer agreement to provide an initial 30,000 acre-feet per year of raw surface water to a proposed water treatment plant to be owned and operated by the cities of Turlock and Ceres. She is the firm’s lead attorney for the Tuolumne-Stanislaus Integrated Regional Management Authority. She is the firm’s lead attorney on government contracts, including the bidding, awarding, contracting for supplies, services, and construction of public works.  Email: slima@calwaterlaw.com
  • David L. Hobbs

    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