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Claire Hervey Collins

Claire Hervey Collins



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.


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

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

"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