Chris Campbell specializes in agricultural finance, real estate, environmental law and all aspects of water law, and is considered one of the few experts on the water tights of the San Joaquin River. His extensive experience in environmental law includes Federal and California State endangered species compliance, The California Environmental Quality Act, and the permitting of large and small projects.
His expertise in City and Regional Planning gives him insight into the planning process that facilitates working seamlessly with agency staffs to move projects forward. He has volunteered as the General Counsel for his Alma Mater, Deep Springs College, since 1985. As a small and interesting addition to his Water Law practice, he was hired in December 2020 as General Counsel for the Seaside Basin Watermaster in Monterey.
Mr. Campbell has been practicing law since 1984. His areas of practice are reclamation and water law, water transfers, agricultural finance, planning, zoning and development matters, including water supply for new development, CEQA, NEPA and Federal and state Endangered Species Act compliance. Mr. Campbell provides agricultural and water counsel to several institutional lenders. He has been involved in numerous large loan workout transactions and has assisted several financial institutions in packaging and marketing millions of acres acquired in settlement of debt.
Mr. Campbell is Chairman of the firm’s Natural Resources, Financial Institutions, and Creditors’ Rights Practice Groups. Mr. Campbell is the General Counsel of the Fresno Historical Society and was the Founding Vice Chairman of the Land Use & Environment Division of the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce (formerly Chairman of the Water, Environmental and Agriculture Issues Committee), and the founding Treasurer of the San Joaquin Chapter of the Groundwater Resources Association of California. He participates in the Fresno Ag Roundtable, and the San Joaquin Valley Ag Lenders Society. He is also a member of the Fresno County, California, and American Bar Associations. He was formerly chair of the Fresno County Delegation to the California State Bar Conference of Delegates.
- Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California (J.D., 1984; M.A. City/Regional Planning, 1984)
- California State University, San Francisco (B.A., magna cum laude, 1979)
- Deep Springs College, 1976