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Courtney A. Davis

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Courtney A. Davis is an associate in the firm's San Francisco office where she is a member of the Land Use and Environmental and Natural Resources practice groups. Courtney has experience representing both public and private clients in permitting, transactional, and litigation matters. Her practice focuses on water rights, land use, and energy.

In the area of water law, Courtney handles regulatory compliance, water rights permitting, basin management planning, mutual water company formation and due diligence. Courtney represents landowners and water companies with respect to surface and groundwater rights.

Her land use practice focuses on project entitlements, local government planning and zoning, Coastal Act permitting, CEQA compliance, and water supply planning. Her clients include real estate developers, large corporations and small businesses. Among a variety of projects, Courtney has assisted clients with land use entitlements and CEQA compliance for office buildings/office parks, residential developments and industrial warehouse facilities.

Courtney’s energy and public utility practice involves renewable energy power plant and transmission line siting and permitting before the California Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission.

Courtney speaks on legal, policy and regulatory issues with respect to surface and groundwater rights. She has previously spoken for the National Business Institute, the Association of California Water Agencies, and the American Ground Water Trust.

Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Courtney was an associate in the Santa Barbara office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where she served clients in the water industry.

Before she began her career as an attorney, Courtney served as an associate project manager for a real estate development consulting firm in Northern California. In that position she worked on real estate and land use issues with developers, homebuilders and public agencies.


  • Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), Environmental Law Section
  • Water Education Foundation, Water Leaders Class of 2012
  • Page Youth Center, Board of Directors (2010-2014)


Courtney received a B.S. in business administration from the Walter Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a B.A. in German from the University of California at Berkeley. She received a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Environmental Law Journal and President of Texas Law Fellowships.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California