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Courtney A. Davis

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Courtney A. Davis is a senior counsel 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 her water rights practice, Courtney counsels clients regarding surface and groundwater rights with a focus on regulatory compliance, water rights permitting, basin management planning, and mutual water company formation. Courtney also routinely conducts water rights due diligence in connection with the purchase and sale of land and has worked on matters involving large ranches, wineries, and publicly-owned lands.

Her land use practice focuses on entitlements counseling with respect to local government planning and zoning, the California Coastal Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, and water supply planning. 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 focuses on renewable energy power plant and transmission line siting and permitting before the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission and local public agencies.

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.


  • CREW SF, Programs Committee Vice Chair
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), Environmental Law Section
  • Groundwater Resources Association
  • Water Education Foundation, Water Leaders Class of 2012
  • Page Youth Center, Board of Directors (2010-2014)


  • Selected as a Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence Rising Star (2017)


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