Maya Mouawad


Tel: (951) 826-8203


At a Glance

Maya previously served in-house at public agencies. 

She is focused on environmental law matters including water rights, water quality and endangered species. 

Prior to law school, Maya spent more than 14 years working in both the public and private sectors.

Maya Mouawad is an attorney with the Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group at Best Best & Krieger LLP. She is focused on matters involving water rights, water quality, endangered species and other environmental issues. Maya is also experienced in complex real estate transactions, Brownfield development, public contracts, eminent domain and the California Environmental Quality Act. She previously served as assistant general counsel for the Palmdale Water District, deputy city attorney for the City of San Dimas and special counsel for the Carson Reclamation Authority.

Maya was accepted into the Water Education Foundation’s 2019 Water Leaders Class, a competitive one-year program for professionals working in the water field in diverse capacities, designed to deepen their knowledge of California water and enhance leadership skills.  

Prior to attending law school, Maya spent more than 14 years working in the public and private sectors. This mix of public-private sector experience provides Maya with a thorough understanding of client issues and allows her to formulate out-of-the-box solutions.

While studying for her graduate degree, she worked at the City of San Marino's City Manager Office, where she assisted with budget preparation and union labor contract negotiations, as well as drafting legislative letters and pursuing state and federal grants. After graduation, she provided consulting services to commercial real estate investors and master-planned community developers throughout Southern California.
While attending law school, Maya assisted the legal team at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California with a variety of matters involving water rate challenges under Proposition 218 and Proposition 26, contract disputes, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, tribal water rights and construction litigation. She also served one year as a judicial extern at the Second District Court of Appeal, focused on transactional and real property-related cases under the guidance of Justice Victoria Chaney and research staff.
Maya received her law degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, where she was a production editor for the Entertainment Law Review and a member of Loyola’s Business Law Association. 

  • Loyola Law School, J.D.
  • California State University, Fullerton, MBA
  • Notre Dame University - Lebanon, B.S., business administration


  • California

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