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Douglas E. Coty

Doug Coty joined Bartkiewicz, Kronick and Shanahan as Of Counsel in July 2022. Mr. Coty has significant experience in all phases of the legal and technical work necessary to establish, govern, operate, and maintain a variety of public and quasi-public agencies and special districts. He currently serves as General Counsel to the Contra Costa Water District in Concord, the Dublin San Ramon Services District in Dublin, the Oakwood Lake Water District in Manteca, and the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District in Concord, as well as providing legal advice and counsel to other firm clients.


Mr. Coty serves on the Legal Affairs Committee of the Association of California Water Agencies. He also serves on the Attorneys Committee and State Legislative Committee for the California Association of Sanitation Agencies. He has lectured on water- and wastewater-related matters, as well as the Brown Act, Public Records Act and Political Reform Act, and Propositions 218 and 26. Before joining the firm in 2022, he practiced water and public agency law for 15 years in Walnut Creek, California and spent seven years prior to that employed with the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency in Watsonville, California.


Mr. Coty has extensive experience in public agency governance issues, including the Brown Act, Public Records Act, conflict of interest laws, environmental documentation, and elections or appointments to local agency legislative bodies. His areas of concentration have included water rights, water supply and quality, wastewater and recycled water, governmental organization and operation, environmental law, rates and charges (with particular emphasis on Proposition 218 and Proposition 26 procedural and substantive compliance issues), and customer services regulations. Mr. Coty has also worked on a variety of water supply issues related to surface water, groundwater, and recycled water used for irrigation, for both public and private clients. He also has assisted a number of private clients who sought to obtain or develop a water supply for use for agricultural or municipal and industrial purposes.


Areas of Practice

Water Law

Public Agency

Water and Natural Resources



Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California 

J.D., 2003 

University of California, Santa Barbara

B.A., 1993 

Major: Environmental Studies


Bar Admissions


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