2020 Most Influential: Amy Steinfeld

Amy Steinfeld serves as office managing partner of the Santa Barbara office and co-chair of the firm’s Cannabis & Industrial Hemp industry group. Her practice focuses on the intersection of land use and water law. Steinfeld has more than a decade of experience in the permitting and development of controversial projects throughout the state.

Steinfeld has worked on cannabis-related issues in California since the passage of Proposition 64. She supports indoor and outdoor cannabis cultivators through the land use permitting and licensing process. This includes ensuring compliance with California’s complex land use, zoning, environmental and water laws. Steinfeld also works closely with industry groups to educate the public and decision makers on issues facing the hemp and cannabis industries. Additionally, Steinfeld regularly advises water districts, regulated utilities, cities, developers and agricultural interests in all aspects of water law. She is recognized for her experience in Colorado River Issues, Endangered Species Act compliance and cannabis law.

Steinfeld is also co-founder and co-chair of the California H2O Women Conference, which provides a formal opportunity for top women in the water industry to collaborate, coordinate, educate and support each other. Before going into law, she served as the environmental director and an environmental consultant and analyst for the California Safety Compliance Corporation. Steinfeld received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA and earned her law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.