Claire Hervey Collins


  • location icon Los Angeles, CA
    633 West 5th Street
    Suite 4000
    Los Angeles, CA 90071
  • location icon Orange County, CA
    650 Town Center Drive
    Suite 1400
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Claire Collins is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois, Chair of the Public Agency and Public Finance Practice, and Co-Chair of the National Real Estate Practice. She represents public entities, private companies, and individuals in a range of real estate, land use, and environmental matters in urban, suburban, and rural contexts. Her practice includes transactional law, compliance counseling, and litigation. She handles the following types of matters:

  • Public agency general counseling
  • Contract negotiation, drafting, and review 
  • Real property sales, acquisitions, leasing
  • Boundary disputes
  • Easement and “Right of Way” negotiation and interpretation
  • California Environmental Quality Act compliance and litigation 
  • Land use/zoning matters including land use entitlements
  • Eminent domain and inverse condemnation
  • Clean Water Act and Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act litigation and compliance
  • Solid waste, wastewater, recycling, and recycled water contracts, ordinances, laws, and regulations
  • Open government law, including the Public Records Act and the Brown Act
  • California Government Claims Act

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Collins was a communications specialist working in the political and public sectors, focusing on international trade, investment, and economic development.

Ms. Collins serves as General Counsel for the Irvine Ranch Water District, and assistant district counsel for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.

Non-Legal Experience

  • California Trade & Commerce Agency, Director, International Marketing & Communications, 1999 - 2001
  • The World Bank, Communications Associate, Africa & External Affairs Divisions, 1997 - 1999
  • Clinton-Gore ‘96 - San Diego County, Deputy Director (Youth & Student Director), 1996
  • The White House, Public Liaison Intern, 1995


  • The Byrd Amendment Battle: American Trade Politics at the WTO, 27 Hastings Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 131 (2003)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Hastings International & Comparative Law Review, 2003 - 2004
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Trade & Investment Year In Review: Fiscal Year 1999 - 2000 (International Trade & Investment Division; California Technology, Trade & Commerce Agency, Sacramento, 2001)
  • Editor, Plunder: When the Rule of Law is Illegal, by Ugo Mattei and Laura Nader, 2008

Professional Presentations

  • Prevailing Wage Law, Rural Counties Representatives of California – Environmental Services JPA, August 2019
  • What *Not* To Email, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, August 2019
  • Hollywood is Just the Tip of the Iceberg:  Diversity and Discrimination as Ethical Concerns, USC Real Estate Law and Business Forum, 2018
  • Transportation and Development in the L.A. Region, USC Real Estate Law and Business Forum, 2016
  • Easements in California, The Seminar Group, 2015
  • The California Public Records Act, Lorman Seminars, 2012
  • Drafting and Interpreting Easements, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2012
  • CEQA Basics Workshop, California Association of Environmental Professionals, 2011


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit



US District Court for the Central District of California

9th Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section
    • Chair, 2018 - 2019
    • Vice Chair, 2016 - 2018
    • Chair of Land Use, Planning, and Environmental Law Steering Committee, 2008 - 2010
  • USC Real Estate Law & Business Forum, Executive Committee, 2015 - present
  • California Association of Sanitation Agencies, Chair, Attorneys Committee, 2016 - 2018
  • Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council, Board Member, Land Use and Planning Committee, 2006 - 2009
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer, Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association


University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Juris Doctor, International Concentration, 2004

University of California at San Diego

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1996

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