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{Industry & Practice}

Environmental Law
Water Rights and Natural Resources


Santa Clara University School of Law
J.D., 2011, magna cum laude,
Order of the Coif 

Santa Clara Law Review, Senior Articles Editor (2010-2011)

Loyola Marymount University
B.A., 2008, cum laude


{Bar & Court Admissions}

State Bar of Arizona, 2016

State Bar of California, 2011

USDC, District of Arizona, 2016

USDC, Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California, 2012

Michael K. Foy

Michael Foy practices in the areas of water, environmental, and natural resources law.

As a member of SL&W's Water Rights and Natural Resources Group, Mr. Foy represents water rights holders and suppliers in adversarial matters such as surface water adjudications, actions involving title to water supply infrastructure, Court of Federal Claims actions involving Bureau of Indian Affairs assessments, and disputes involving federal reserved water rights. In addition to litigation matters, Mr. Foy represents clients in connection with water rights transfers and advises clients on compliance with the Arizona Public Water Code and Arizona Groundwater Code.

Mr. Foy's environmental practice involves representing clients in disputes arising under the major federal hazardous wastes statutes, including CERCLA and RCRA, as well as WQARF and other state counterpart laws. Mr. Foy regularly advises clients on matters involving the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. He also has experience defending clients facing common law toxic tort actions and administrative proceedings related to hazardous substances.

Prior to joining SL&W, Mr. Foy practiced in the Water Law group of a California firm where he advised urban and agricultural water suppliers on a wide range of issues, including transfer and exchange agreements, compliance with the emergency drought regulation, annexations, and administrative challenges to State Water Resources Control Board regulations.

  • Avoiding Environmental Liability in Real Property Transactions, Kern Business Journal, February/March 2015, at 34
  • The Contours of the “Duty to Refer” in Today’s Specialized Legal Landscape, The Bencher, July/August 2011, at 10
  • Apportioning Cleanup Costs in the New Era of Joint and Several CERCLA Liability, 51 Santa Clara L. Rev. 625 (2011)
Memberships & Affiliations
  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law Section
  • State Bar of Arizona, Environmental and Natural Resources Section
  • State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section