Janelle Krattiger practices in Stoel Rives’ Environment, Land Use, and Natural Resources group, where her practice is primarily focused on water rights and natural resources law. Janelle advises her clients on matters regarding regulatory compliance, including state and federal Clean Water Acts (CWA), state and federal Endangered Species Acts (CESA and ESA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Janelle represents clients before various local, state, and federal agencies, including counties, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

After law school, she was an environmental law fellow at the California Environmental Law & Policy Center, University of California, Davis School of Law.


University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D., 2014; Environmental Law Certificate; President & Founder, Water Association of Law and Policy; Managing Editor & Co-Founder, California Water Law Journal; Senior Articles Editor, Environs, Environmental Law & Policy Journal

University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., Psychology, 2010; Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology



United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California


  • Served as general counsel for the board of directors of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) in Fresno County, California.
  • Created strategic funding mechanism pursuant to Proposition 218 for GSA consistent with SGMA.
  • Advocated on behalf of GSA client in matter involving Petitions to Revise Fully Appropriated Stream (FAS) status of river.
  • Negotiation of Routine Maintenance Agreement/LSAA with CDFW on behalf of private landowner client in Scott River Watershed.
  • Litigated various matters, including a validation action and a California Public Records Act (CPRA) Request writ proceeding, on behalf of GSA client.
  • Advised public agency clients regarding public policy and ethics, including Brown Act and CPRA compliance.
  • Reviewed Groundwater Sustainability Plan prepared by GSA client for legal compliance.
  • Analysis of legal implications of CESA candidate species listing on behalf of client.
  • Served as legal counsel for the board of directors of California drainage district.
  • Representation of groundwater storage agency in large groundwater adjudication class action.


Insights & Presentations

  • Co-author, “California State Water Resources Control Board Modifies Annual Water Diversion and Use Reporting Deadlines for 2022 and Updates on Drought Curtailment Orders,” Stoel Rives Water Law Alert, March 10, 2022
  • “Land Use and Water Law,” Guest Lecture presented for Land Use Law, University of California, Davis School of Law, October 21, 2021
  • “Well Construction Permitting After Protecting Our Water,” California Groundwater and Surface Water: Preserving Finite Resources, HalfMoon Education Online Learning webinar, May 26, 2021
  • “New Winery General Water Discharge Requirements,” Stoel Rives LLP webinar, January 21, 2021
  • Stanford Vina Ranch Irr. Co. v. State of California: 3d Dist. Court of Appeal Affirms SWRCB Authorized to Adopt Temporary Emergency Regulations and Curtailment Orders,” Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan Blog, August 5, 2020
  • “Newsom Issues Executive Order to Allow State and Local Governments Flexibility to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic,” Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan Blog, March 17, 2020
  • “California Groundwater,” white paper presented at the Meeting of the Water Association of Law and Policy, University of California, Davis School of Law, Davis, California, September 2015
  • “Sustainably Satisfying California’s Water Needs: An Analysis of the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act,” California Environmental Law & Policy Center, University of California, Davis School of Law, July 2015


  • Included in Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in America (Environmental Law), 2024
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources) Northern California Super Lawyers ®, 2021–2023
  • Listed in Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers, 2023



  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, 2014–present
  • Sacramento Women Lawyers, 2019–present
  • California Lawyers Association, Public Law Section, Environmental Law Section, 2014–present
  • Association of California Water Agencies, Groundwater Committee, 2019–present
  • California Water Leaders program, Water Education Foundation, Graduate, 2022


  • Davis School of Law, King Hall Young Alumni Association, University of California, 2018–present
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