For more than four decades, Latham & Watkins has helped clients around the world, and particularly in arid regions like the Western United States, develop effective regulatory, policy, and litigation strategies to meet water quality imperatives and protect and secure resilient water supplies.

Why Latham

Advising on the Full Spectrum

Latham advises financial institutions, manufacturers, developers, energy companies, government entities, public and private utilities, and nonprofit organizations regarding water rights, water quality, water-related regulatory compliance, transactions, adjudication, and litigation.

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Latham helps clients:

  • Secure permits and regulatory approvals from federal, state, and local regulatory bodies
  • Secure adequate water supplies and associated water rights
  • Finance new water infrastructure, including through public-private partnerships
  • Comply with complex federal, state, and local water quality regulations
  • Develop innovative solutions to water quality and supply issues based on a comprehensive understanding of water law, global water security, and a changing hydrologic cycle

Latham delivers these services in a complex world where pressure on the aquatic environment and water supplies is a global reality, and where a changing hydrologic cycle creates risk and challenge. Specifically, Latham provides clients focused advice and representation in the following areas:

Our Experience


Latham Releases Book of Jargon® – Environmental, Social & Governance

Thought Leadership

A Dry 2021 in California Prompts Water Conservation ResponseFederal Court Denies Nationwide Stay of Navigable Waters Protection RuleChina Cracks Down on Yangtze River Environmental Offenders

Webcasts & Podcasts

Water Management in Oil and Gas Production: Market Drivers and Legal Issues