Claire H. Collins

Claire Hervey Collins


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Claire Collins is a Partner at Hanson Bridgett. She has experience representing public entities, private companies, and individuals in a range of real estate, land use, and environmental matters in urban, suburban, and rural contexts.

Her practice includes transactional law, compliance counseling, and litigation. She regularly handles the following types of matters:

  • Public agency general counseling
  • Contract negotiation, drafting, and review
  • Real property sales, acquisitions, and leasing
  • Boundary disputes
  • Easement and “Right of Way” negotiation and interpretation
  • California Environmental Quality Act compliance and litigation
  • Land use/zoning matters including land use entitlements
  • Eminent domain and inverse condemnation
  • Clean Water Act and Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act litigation and compliance
  • Water, solid waste, wastewater, recycling, and recycled water contracts, ordinances, laws, and regulations
  • Railroad-related matters
  • Open government law, including the Public Records Act and the Brown Act
  • California Government Claims Act
  • Public finance issues, including Prop. 218 compliance, State Revolving Fund loans, and bond issuances
  • Local agency formation commission matters

Prior to attending law school, she was a communications specialist working in the political and public sectors, focusing on international trade, investment, and economic development.

Ms. Collins serves as General Counsel to Irvine Ranch Water District, Trabuco Canyon Water District, and as special counsel to a variety of other agencies across the state.


"New Law Protects Water/Wastewater Sector by Limiting Rate Challenges," Water Law Alert (September 2021)

"Supreme Court Expands Scope of 'Public Works' Definition — Contract Employees Performing Operations Work are Covered by Prevailing Wage Laws," Government Law Alert (March 2021)

"Top Ten Recommendations for Virtual Brown Act Meetings," co-author, Government Law Alert (July 2020)

"Court of Appeal Clarifies Rules for Retaining Emails That are Included in CEQA Records," co-author, Government Law Alert (August 2020)

"PFAS – A Primer for Real Estate Lawyers on a New Environmental Risk," co-author, American College of Real Estate Lawyers News and Notes (April 2020)

"New Federal Law Requires PFAS Users to Report to EPA," co-author, Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (March 2020)

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"Water System Consolidations: Better, Stronger, Faster?", moderator, ACWA Spring Conference (May 2022)

"Developments in Prop 218 and the Law of Water Rates," CA Special Districts Association’s Annual Conference (August 2021)

“Developments in Prop. 218 and the Law of Water Rates,” ACWA 2021 Spring Conference (May 2021)

"Top Ten Recommendations for Virtual Brown Act Meetings," co-presenter, In the Loop: With the Hanson Bridgett Government Group (July 2020)

“The Life of a Working Mom,” LACBA Real Property Section Webinar (September 2020)

"Virtual Meetings and Communications," co-speaker, The Urban Water Institute Webinar (June 2020)

“Virtual Brown Act Meetings During COVID-19,” co-speaker, California Association of Sanitation Agencies Webinar (May 2020)

"Virtual Water Agency Board Meetings During COVID-19," moderator, Association of California Water Agencies Webinar (April 2020)

"So Sue Me: Overview of Claims and Litigation Issues for Water Districts," Urban Water Institute 2020 Spring Conference (February 2020)

"The Future of Recycled Drinking Water in Los Angeles County," co-speaker, LA County Bar Association (January 2020)

"Prevailing Wage Law," Rural Counties Representatives of California, Environmental Services JPA (August 2019)

"What *Not* To Email," California Association of Sanitation Agencies (August 2019)

"Hollywood is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Diversity and Discrimination as Ethical Concerns," USC Real Estate Law and Business Forum (2018)

"Transportation and Development in the L.A. Region," USC Real Estate Law and Business Forum (2016)

"Easements in California," The Seminar Group (2015)

"The California Public Records Act," Lorman Seminars (2012)

"Drafting and Interpreting Easements," Los Angeles County Bar Association (2012)

"CEQA Basics Workshop," California Association of Environmental Professionals (2011)

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"Hanson Bridgett in Growth Mode, Particularly in LA," Daily Journal (September 2022) 

"10 New California Laws That Might Affect Your Everyday in 2022," Capital Public Radio (December 2021)

"Parched California Takes Aim at Water Rate ‘Bounty Hunter’ Suits," Bloomberg Law (October 2021)

"Gamble House Conservancy Suing USC," Pasadena Now (September 2020)

"Gamble House sues USC for allegedly failing to give up funds with house," Pasadena Star-News (September 2020)

"New Federal Law Requires PFAS Users to Report to EPA," Northeastern University Research News (April 2020)

"Hanson Bridgett Adds Attorneys," Los Angeles Business Journal (February 2020)

"Claire Collins Leads Five-Attorney Team from Lewis Brisbois to Hanson Bridgett," Daily Journal (February 2020)

"On the Move: Tracking the Ins and Outs of California Lawyers," The Recorder (January 2020)


Los Angeles Business Journal, Women Of Influence (2022)

Los Angeles Business Journal, Women to Watch, Finalist (2021)

The Best Lawyers in America©, Real Estate Law (2018–2023)

2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer, Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Professional Affiliations

American College of Real Estate Lawyers (Fellow 2019 – present, Vice Chair of the Public Policy Committee 2021 – present)

Gamble House Conservancy, Board of Trustees

Association of California Water Agencies Legal Affairs Committee, Vice Chair (2020-2021)

USC Real Estate Law & Business Forum, Executive Committee, 2015 - present

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section (Chair, 2018 - 2019, Vice Chair, 2016 - 2018, Chair of Land Use, Planning, and Environmental Law Steering Committee, 2008 - 2010)

California Association of Sanitation Agencies, Chair, Attorneys Committee, 2016 - 2018

Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council, Board Member, Land Use and Planning Committee, 2006 - 2009


J.D., International Concentration, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2004)

B.A., University of California, San Diego (1996)

Admissions And Courts


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Los Angeles

(213) 395-7650 Direct Phone
(213) 395-7665 Fax

San Francisco

(213) 395-7650 Direct Phone
(213) 395-7665 Fax

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