Claire Priestley LeFlore, Attorney
Claire Priestley LeFlore is an attorney with the firm in the Sacramento office. She recently retired from a 25-year career with the State of California, where she served as in-house counsel at the Department of Water Resources, General Counsel for The Reclamation Board (now the Central Valley Flood Protection Board), Deputy Attorney General in the Health, Education and Welfare Section of the Department of Justice, a Deputy Attorney specializing in real property transactions and eminent domain litigation at Caltrans, and Chief Counsel for California State Parks. At DWR she served as lead attorney for State Water Project for several years, negotiating a wide range of transactions and advising on environmental requirements. She was also lead counsel for the development of a number of large infrastructure projects, which included advising on cost sharing, environmental compliance and permitting issues. Prior to her career with the state, she was a litigation attorney with the Internal Revenue Service for eight years. Her practice focuses on real property (including eminent domain and utility relocation), environmental, natural resources and administrative law, and includes a background in litigation. Ms. LeFlore received a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a J.D. with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1980.