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.

Frances M. Farina

Water Law, Public Agency Law | Frances M Farina


Business Phone: 831.646.1502
Business Fax: 831.646.0377

Practice Areas

Representation of public agencies in the areas of administrative law, contract law, environmental law, and real estate law, water law.  

Representative Experience

General Counsel, Goleta Water District; Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, City of Pacific Grove, Monterey-Salinas Transit District


  • Water Resource Protection Manual for Florida Activists

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • “Water Law Survey Course” – Monterey College of Law
  • “Water Law Survey Course” – Ventura College of Law
  • Guest Lecturer – California Water Law Conference (CLE)

Honors and other distinctions

  • Attorney of the Year 2008 2009, California Special District Association, Santa Barbara County Chapter

Noteworthy cases

  • Applications before the CPUC – Water Supply related matters
  • Applications before the SWRCB – Water Rights related matters
  • Save Our Peninsula Committee v. Monterey County – CEQA Water Baseline

Public Service

Monterey Peninsula Water Management District General Manager, Carmel Valley Road Committee , Santa Barbara County Park Commissioner, Community Advisory Council to Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District


  • Nova University Law School – Juris Doctor (Top fifth of graduating class)
  • George Washington University – B.A. History

Court Admissions

  • California Supreme Court
  • All Florida State Courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits


  • California Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Monterey College of Law, Board of Trustees
  • SPCA of Monterey County, Board of Directors
  • Friends of the Sea Otter, Trustee
  • Carmel Valley Property Owners Association
  • Director, Santa Barbara Audubon, Conservation and Science Committee
  • Los Padres Sierra Club, Steering Committee
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