Providing Legal Counsel to Public and Non-Profit Agencies in California since 1981 De Lay & Laredo currently serves a variety of agencies as City Attorney, Counsel, General Counsel and Special Counsel.

David C. Laredo

Water law attorney David Laredo | Public agency law

Managing Partner

Business Phone: 831.646.1502
Business Fax: 831.646.0377

Practice Areas

Representation of government agencies in the areas of municipal law, agency law, contract law, environmental law, water law and water policy in California. Areas of expertise include administrative law, labor relations and negotiations, trial advocacy and appellate law. 

Representative Experience

General Counsel, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District; General Counsel, Monterey-Salinas Transit District; General Counsel, Monterey Regional Taxi Joint Powers Agency; General Counsel, California Fire Districts; Sunnyslope County Water District; City Attorney, City of Pacific Grove


  • Avoid Consensus Killers, Directors Exchange, Credit Union Executives Society
  • The CEO/Board Bond: Strengthening Credit Union Leadership, Credit Union Executives Society.
  • Contributing Author, Chapter 6, “A Strategy for Effective Meetings.”
  • Consensus is the Key, Directors Newsletter, CUNA & Affiliates
  • Taking ‘Charge’ of Board Committees, Credit Union Director Exchange, Credit Union Executives Society (Winter 1992).

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • CEQA Process Review 
  • “Ethics & Brown Act Training” 
  • “Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning,” – Monterey College of Law; Monterey Peninsula College
  • “Water Law” – Monterey College of Law; Monterey Peninsula College

Guest Lecturer

  • Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • California Water Law Conference (CLE)
  • California Special District’s Association (CSDA)
  • Credit Union Executive Society (CUES)
  • Credit Union Information Society (CUIS)
  • Graduate School of Engineering, San Jose State Univ.,
  • Monterey College of Law, and Monterey Peninsula College.

Honors and other distinctions

  • Public Agency Official of the Year – Pacific Grove

Noteworthy cases

  • Applications before the CPUC – Water Supply related matters
  • Applications before the SWRCB – Water Rights related matters
  • Askew, et al. v. MPWMD – Property loss; inverse condemnation
  • Butler v. Pacific Grove – Writ; Development permit
  • Cal-Am v. Seaside – Groundwater Basin Adjudication
  • Costello v. Pacific Grove – Writ; Election contest
  • Davis v. Pacific Grove – Denial of Permit
  • Galante v. MPWMD – CEQA issues
  • Haddad v. Registrar of Voters – Writ Action; Election contest
  • MPWMD v. SWRCB – Writ of Mandate
  • NCGA v. MPWMD – In Rem Validation
  • POWR, et al. v. Anchundo, et al. – Election contest
  • SOCR, et al. v. MPWMD – CEQA challenge
  • Save Our Peninsula v. MPWMD – Writ of Mandate
  • SNG v. MPWMD – Writ of Mandate

Public Service

Monterey Credit Union; Kinship Center; Children’s Services Center; Boy Scouts of America ; Interim; Leadership Monterey Peninsula


  • Southwestern University, School of Law – Juris Doctor
  • University of California, Los Angeles – B.A. English
  • California State University, Northridge

Court Admissions

  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals


  • California Bar Association
  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • Monterey Credit Union, Board of Directors;
  • Kinship Center, Board of Directors;
  • Childrens Services Center, Board of Directors;
  • Boy Scouts of America, Monterey Council;
  • Boy Scouts of America, Scoutmaster in Pacific Grove, CA.
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