California H2O Women Conference | About Us


Recognition of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Brownstein was ranked No. 8 in the country on The American Lawyer’s list of firms with the highest percentage of female equity partners and was recognized as one of Working Mother’s 2019 “Best Law Firms for Women.” Brownstein promotes women's leadership and collaboration by sponsoring a Women’s Leadership Initiative, a firm-wide program that develops women attorneys and policy professionals through mentoring circles, presentations and a biennial Leadership Forum.

Throughout our journey understanding bias, privilege and power, Brownstein achieved Mansfield Rule Certification for 2018 and 2019 from the Diversity Lab in its inaugural year, which recognizes the firm’s commitment to leading the charge toward greater diversity and inclusion in the legal industry. At Brownstein, women and attorneys of color represent at least 30% of the candidate pools for law firm leadership and governance roles, partner promotions, and senior lateral positions. The Mansfield Rule Certification in 2019 includes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) in addition to women and attorneys of color.

Brownstein’s Water Group is one of the nation’s top water law practices, possessing unparalleled experience in every aspect of water rights, supply, use, distribution and policy. Our Water Group includes more than 30 attorneys, 13  of whom are women. Our practice and track record includes the most significant and complex water projects and litigation in the nation. We represent both public and private water producers, suppliers and providers, including municipalities, wholesale and retail water agencies, public utilities, industrial users, banks and other investors, real estate and land developers, agricultural interests, significant land owners and various water-related public policy organizations.

Costs and Event Execution

Brownstein attorneys and staff are responsible for the execution of this conference. All conference registration fees and sponsorship funds are applied toward the costs of the event itself including: venue space, food and beverages, event supplies, furniture rentals and audio visual equipment. This conference is operated at a loss, with the remaining costs borne by Brownstein as the primary conference sponsor. We do this in an effort to ensure that conference attendance is feasible for future leaders throughout the water industry, irrespective of financial capacity. All Brownstein attorney time is volunteered.


The California H20 Women Conference is produced by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and was co-founded by Stephanie Hastings and Amy Steinfeld, two of our leading attorneys focusing in water law. Brownstein is a lobbying and law firm with 275 attorneys and legislative professionals.

Brownstein's Water Group

Conference Founders and Co-Chairs

Stephanie Hastings

Stephanie Hastings has played a leading role in California’s most complex and precedent-setting water matters. With 20 years of expertise in water law, her practice spans every aspect of California and national water law. Stephanie draws on that experience to provide her clients with legal and strategic planning advice and advocacy to ensure clients maximize business opportunities and minimize risk. Stephanie represents the interests of all water users in transactional, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and litigation matters.

She represents municipal water providers in securing regulatory approvals for wastewater discharges and recycled water projects. On behalf of both public and private clients, Stephanie is actively engaged in implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in groundwater basins throughout the state. In the surface water context, she regularly aids clients with the maintenance and protection of their water rights, permitting new projects, and regulatory compliance for ongoing water supply operations. With respects to all projects, Stephanie has a proven track record of success in securing environmental and Endangered Species Act compliance for her clients.


Stephanie serves on the Board of Directors of Aquaya, a nonprofit research and consulting organization dedicated to advancing public health by improving drinking water worldwide.

Stephanie Hastings


H2O Women Conference Founder & Co-Chair

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Amy Steinfeld

Amy Steinfeld’s unique practice focuses on the intersection of land use and water law. Amy has over a decade of experience in the permitting and development of controversial projects throughout the state. She regularly advises water districts, regulated utilities, cities, developers, and agricultural interests, including nut and cannabis growers, in all aspects of water law. Her work includes water rights permitting and due diligence, complex groundwater adjudications, water transfers, urban water management planning, water supply/demand evaluations, infrastructure development, and all matters associated with the use, re-use, conveyance, development and management of surface water and groundwater supplies.


Amy is also skilled in all facets of land development, from the preparation of environmental documents, to the defense and settlement of complicated multi-party CEQA lawsuits, and ultimately to the implementation of fully permitted projects. Amy is recognized for her specialized experience in Colorado River Issues and Endangered Species Act compliance. Amy’s broad understanding of environmental issues, her practical approach to the law, and her ability to work closely with local governments, allow her to efficiently move projects forward and reduce permitting delays. Amy writes and speaks regularly on water and land use issues.

Amy Steinfeld


H2O Women Conference Founder & Co-Chair

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck


Assisting clients on a broad range of California water , environmental, and land use matters, Jessica’s practice encompasses litigation, counsel on regulatory compliance, assistance with development entitlements, due diligence on real estate transactions and public law issues. Jessica helps public agencies, water providers and private property owners navigate issues related to common law water rights, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), water diversion (SB 88) regulations, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Coastal Act, State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) proceedings, mutual water companies, land use law, easements, takings challenges, well sharing agreements and disputes, government organization issues, and emerging legal questions faced by developers, water providers and water users.

Jessica Diaz


H2O Women Conference Co-Chair

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck


While the H2O Women Conference is intended to promote and advance women in the water industry, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, transsexual or transgender status, marital/parental status, medical condition, age, disability, genetic information, citizenship, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck  includes one of the nation’s premier water law practices. It has California offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego and Santa Barbara.  Visit the Brownstein Water Blog  for commentary and analysis of timely water law and policy issues.

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