Mr. Kidman is an AV-Preeminent™ rated attorney with forty-two years of concentrated practice representing local agency water suppliers. He has served as general and special counsel to a variety of public and private water supply, government entities, and private landowners on a full range of water-related matters.
Governmental Law: From the beginning of his practice, Mr. Kidman has provided General Counsel services to a variety of local water agencies, including advice and representation in all aspects of local agency governance and operation, open meeting laws, public records, public official ethics and other governing body protocols. With a particular expertise in retail water distribution, Mr. Kidman advises clients on the complex issues that arise in connection with rate setting, customer service, water infrastructure development agreements and water infrastructure financing.
Mr. Kidman has created new public agencies through legislation and has handled numerous special district governance issues involving LAFCO, including annexations, consolidations, other changes of organization and Municipal Service Reviews. Mr. Kidman has represented joint powers agencies as general counsel and helped to put together numerous joint agency projects for major water and waste water treatment plants and transmission mains.
Legislation: Mr. Kidman served for more than forty years on the ACWA State Legislative Committee and frequently advises clients on legislative measures. He has prepared legislation on behalf of clients, including the Uniform Standby Charge Procedures Act (California Government Code §§ 54984 et seq.) and the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority Act (Chapter 776 of the Statutes of 1992). He has worked extensively on a variety of legislative and litigation matters involving Prop 13, Prop 218, Prop 1A, and other revenue measures impacting local governments. He was the lead co-author on behalf of ACWA for the publication entitled: Water Supply and Land Use Approvals, A user's guide to 2001 legislation including SB 221 (Kuehl) and SB 610 (Costa).
Water Law: Mr. Kidman provides advice and litigation counsel services to cities, water districts, water companies, and private landowners on water rights matters involving both surface and groundwater resources, including groundwater storage programs. He has practiced water rights law before state and federal courts in California as well as the SWRCB and RWQCB. His expertise includes the creation, financing, permitting and construction of complex multiagency water acquisition, transmission, treatment, storage and distribution projects. He is familiar with the nuts and bolts of local water supply, including rate setting, pipeline rights of way, health department requirements, and water conservation programs.
Environmental Law: In addition to providing regular advice to clients on all aspects of the CEQA, Mr. Kidman has significant experience working with the federal Superfund law as it related to groundwater contamination and cleanup. He also has worked extensively with the federal Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act and the companion California laws.
1974, California and U.S. District Court, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California.
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