Alyson Ackerman advocates for diverse clients – public water service providers, private water users, developers, motor coach manufacturers, and food processors – in various practice areas and venues. She manages the unexpected, cares about her clients and their goals, and believes that being an active member of the legal community makes her a better advocate.
Alyson heads the firm’s northern California membership in the Environmental Law Network (ELN). ELN is a group of more than 250 environmental attorneys throughout the country who collaborate and share resources, creating an association for clients to have trusted, local representation available nationwide. Through ELN, Alyson founded the ELN Future Lawyers Division, a peer-to-peer networking and professional development group for associates and new partners.
Alyson advises clients on surface water rights to secure and develop reliable water supplies for varying needs. She identifies thoughtful and pragmatic solutions to meet her clients’ needs and achieve resolution, whether through water rights opinions, or administrative or judicial proceedings.
As outside general and special counsel to special district clients, Alyson regularly attends board of directors’ meetings. In this capacity, she also works closely with district general managers and/or district engineers to address the host of issues that public water purveyors may face, including water rights, infrastructure permitting, easements, Brown Act and Public Records Act compliance, Local Area Formation Commission matters, and employment concerns.
Alyson helps grow the firm’s air quality practice, providing counsel on attaining and maintaining compliance with state and local air quality standards for both stationary and mobile sources. Where required, she represents these clients in administrative proceedings to achieve relief from regulatory standards, but endeavors to negotiate practical settlements outside of administrative proceedings wherever possible.
Outside of work, Alyson is most likely found either at her favorite locally-owned independent bookstore – Face in a Book – providing book recommendations or taking in nature in the stunning California foothills.
Represented irrigation districts in successful challenge to State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) authority to curtail pre-1914 water rights holders from diverting water from the Delta.
Counseled public water suppliers in converting water service contracts with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to permanent repayment contracts under the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act.
Draft water rights opinions involving various surface water supplies, including the Fresno River, tributaries to the Truckee River, Arroyo de la Laguna, San Joaquin River, and Consumnes River for private landowners, resorts and golf courses, regional park districts, and prospective developers.
Represented municipal water department in stationary internal combustion engine emissions standards variance proceeding before South Coast Air Quality Management District Hearing Board.
Advise national motor coach manufacturers to resolve violations of California Air Resources Board regulations.
Counsel municipal water department to achieve compliance with South Coast Air Quality Management District public fleet requirements mandating alternative-fueled public fleet vehicles.
Represented out-of-state consumer products manufacturer in settlement of regulatory violations of California Air Resources Board consumer products regulations.
Counseled home developer on issues arising from possible purchase of land overlying contaminated groundwater plume for planned development.