October 6, 2015

Former Federal Water Wars Judge Joins 90th Annual Meeting Water Workshop Panel

Western Growers is excited and pleased to announce the addition of former federal district court judge, Oliver W. Wanger, to the panel of our water workshop entitled, Under Attack: Water Rights, Water Use during the 90th Annual Meeting in November in San Diego.

Judge Wanger is a member of Wanger Jones Helsley PC in Fresno, California, a firm specializing in litigation issues involving the environment, real estate and land use, employment and labor relations, construction dispute and defects, white collar crime and commercial business.

Judge Wagner has enjoyed a distinguished career in the legal arena. Most notably, his decisions while presiding on the U.S. District Court for Eastern California in Fresno — where he served for 20 years — have shape water rights and Endangered Species Act litigation. While on the bench, Judge Wanger ruled on numerous important California water and environmental cases, many that have been reviewed in the Court of Appeals and one in the United States Supreme Court. His rulings on water issues and Endangered Species Act cases have largely been bemoaned by the environmental community.

Additionally, Mr. Wanger served as a Pro Tem Trial and Settlement Judge to the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno. He sat by designation on the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, California. His career commenced as a Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County, followed by civil business trial practice in Fresno, and also as a contract City Attorney for the City of Mendota. Mr. Wanger was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve during 1960-1967.

For a complete bio on Judge Wanger, CLICK HERE.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, November 10, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and features several other prominent water experts including, Stephen Patricio, WG board director, and president and CEO of Westside Produce; Grady Gammage, Jr., senior fellow, Morrison Institute, Arizona State University; Thomas Berliner, partner, Duane Morris LLP; and Ellen Hanak, director PPIC Water Policy Center.

For more information in the Water Workshop, contact Dave Puglia at (949) 885-2252. For more information on the Annual Meeting, contact Randy Hause at (949) 885-2265.