Nicolas D. Chapman

Associate

Nicolas Chapman's practice focuses primarily on water resources, encompassing surface and groundwater rights litigation, endangered species issues, federal reclamation law, flood protection, and public agency issues.

Nicolas represents private and public clients in complex environmental litigation before federal and state courts, as well as in administrative proceedings before the State Water Resources Control Board. He also assists public clients in securing state and federal funding for flood disaster mitigation and recovery efforts. As a water resources attorney, Nicolas’ proficiency extends to navigating the intricacies of federal and state regulatory frameworks, providing clients with precise and practical legal counsel aimed at achieving the best results possible.

Beyond his water resources expertise, Nicolas is well-versed in California’s open government, contracting, and ethics laws, including the Ralph M. Brown Act, the Public Records Act, and the Political Reform Act. He frequently conducts state-law-required AB-1234 training for public clients and at conferences held by the Association of California Water Agencies.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • California Lawyers Association, Environmental Law Section
  • California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Contributing Author
  • University of the Pacific Law Review, Chief Articles & Symposium Editor, 2020-2021
  • University of the Pacific Law Review, Staff Writer, 2019-2020

Honors & Rankings

  • Traynor Honor Society, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Dean’s List, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2018-2021
  • Judicial Extern, Honorable Morrison C. England, Eastern District of California, 2021
  • Counsel large agricultural water suppliers on a variety of complex water rights issues.
  • Draft briefs and motions on client’s behalf in federal reclamation contracts and Endangered Species action before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Draft briefs and motions in administrative proceedings before the State Water Resources Control Board on the client’s behalf.
  • Assist with the defense of historic settlement contracts in federal court.
  • Assist with representing a large group of senior water rights holders with California water rights regulation, the Endangered Species Act, and federal reclamation law issues.
  • Assist with representing a large coalition of landowners in a comprehensive groundwater adjudication.
  • Assist clients in responding to emergency flood conditions by assisting with state and federal contracting regulations.

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Nicolas enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter on their family farm in Winters, CA. Whenever he can, Nico enjoys hosting his friends and family for barbecues and farm parties.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • California Lawyers Association, Environmental Law Section
  • California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Contributing Author
  • University of the Pacific Law Review, Chief Articles & Symposium Editor, 2020-2021
  • University of the Pacific Law Review, Staff Writer, 2019-2020

Honors & Rankings

  • Traynor Honor Society, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Dean’s List, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2018-2021
  • Judicial Extern, Honorable Morrison C. England, Eastern District of California, 2021