Practice FocusWaterWater RightsWater TransfersGroundwater, Groundwater Management and Conjunctive UseFisheries and Endangered Species ComplianceWater Quality Permitting and ComplianceCEQA / NEPA Documentation and ComplianceNegotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and LitigationEnvironmentalCEQA/NEPAESA/CESABar and Court AdmissionsState Bar of CaliforniaSupreme Court of CaliforniaUnited States District Court, Eastern District of CaliforniaUnited States District Court, Central District of CaliforniaUnited States District Court, Southern District of CaliforniaUnited States District Court, Northern District of CaliforniaUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2005B.S., California State University, Sacramento, 2001
Craig Carnes is a Partner in Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan, and is part of the water practice group. Craig’s practice focuses on water and natural resources law.
Craig's experience includes a broad range of matters, including:
MunicipalitiesWater suppliersGroundwater sustainability agenciesFarmersVineyard owners and operatorsWater right holdersDevelopers
Awards and Professional Recognition
Northern California Super Lawyers, “Rising Star” (Environmental Law), 2014Traynor Honor Society McGeorge Dean’s Scholarship (three-year academic scholarship)Witkin Award in Criminal Procedure (2003), Professional Responsibility (2003), and BioTerrorism and Public Health Law (2004)
Contributor to the Association of California Water Agency’s Summary of Appellate Cases, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019.
Contributor to the American Bar Association’s The Year in Review (Section of Environment, Energy and Resources), 2012-2018.
“Water Law Alert: State and Federal Agencies Address State of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan”
Stoel Rives Water Law Alert, Dec. 2010.
Previous monthly article contributor to the California Land Use & Policy Reporter.
Before joining Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan, Craig was an associate with Stoel Rives LLP in the Environmental, Land Use and Natural Resources group. Craig also interned with California State Parks, and worked on matters involving the California Environmental Quality Act and Clean Water Act. While in law school, Craig served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Morrison C. England, Jr. at the United States District Court, Eastern District of California.