Board Member Profile

Land-Based Learning Board Member Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith


Downey Brand Attorneys, LLP

Rebecca is a water resources attorney practicing with Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento, California, and an alumna of the Center for Land-Based Learning’s FARMS Leadership Program. Today, Rebecca is active both in the firm’s Water Law practice and in its well-reputed Food and Ag practice. Because of her joint involvement in these complementary practice areas, Rebecca lends a special understanding of food production and agricultural legal issues to her water law practice.

Born into a family of veterinarians and a lifelong California native, Rebecca is a passionate water lawyer with a close connection to her clients and the people and land they serve. She is in demand as a public speaker and author, and regularly gives presentations on water right issues and permit compliance, land use, and public agency law to clients and industry groups.

Prior to her time at Downey Brand, Rebecca attended the University of Notre Dame Law School, where in addition to legal skills, she polished her talents as a member of the Notre Dame Women’s Boxing Team and developed a still-thriving passion for Notre Dame football. Now, you’ll find her back home in Yolo County, cheering on the Fighting Irish every fall with a glass of wine in hand.