Agricultural Resources
Arbitration and Mediation
Construction Practice
Employment Practice
Environmental Law
Land Use
Litigation Practice
Local Government
Personal Injury
Real Estate Practice
Tax and Business Practice
Trusts and Estates Practice
Water Resources


Areas of Practice

  • Water Resources
  • Environmental Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Public Agency Representation
  • Endangered Species & Wetlands

Mr. Godwin serves both public and private clients in obtaining, developing, and protecting their rights to high quality and reliable water supplies. More often than not, this involves complex negotiations among competing interests and state and federal resource agencies. Mr. Godwin's clients also benefit from his background and experience in understanding and complying with the regulatory and environmental laws that govern water diversion, use, transfer, and management.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Godwin spent 12 years with the California Department of Water Resources as a water resources planner and environmental specialist. Art has represented public and private clients in the fields of water resources and environmental law since 1990. He provides counsel on obtaining and defending water rights and water supplies and obtaining environmental compliance approvals for development projects under local, state, and federal laws. He joined the firm in 2004.

Art Godwin received his undergraduate degree in 1978 from the University of California Santa Cruz. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1989 where he graduated with distinction. Art is a member of the California State Bar and the Merced County Bar Association.

Art and Penny have two daughters. His hobbies include backpacking and cycling.

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