Brandt, Alf

Author Description

Alf W. Brandt has served the California State Assembly for more than a decade on water and environmental law issues, and now serves as Assemblymember Rendon’s Legislative Director. Before joining the Assembly staff, Brandt served as a water lawyer at the Department of the Interior and as leader of the City of Los Angeles delegation to the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Alf served as the California State Assembly’s expert on water resource law and policy as the 2009 Delta/Water Legislation developed, playing a leading role in that process. At Interior, he served as counsel and Federal Agency Coordinator for the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, playing a major role in writing the 2000 Record of Decision. He also tried the just compensation phase of the controversial takings case by Central Valley agricultural water districts against the federal government for Endangered Species Act regulation of the State Water Project export pumps in the Delta during the drought in the early 1990’s (see Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage Dist. v. United States). He earned his J.D. in 1988 from University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law), and his B.A. Magna cum laude in 1983 from UCLA, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He is admitted to the bars of California, the District of Columbia, and the Court of Federal Claims.

Authored Reports

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Major Legislation & Remaining Issues,The Making of California’s Water Bond