Robert Kuhs concentrates in water law, energy, land use, business litigation, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, construction law, municipal law and Endangered Species Act.
For more than 26 years, Robert has represented a broad range of private and public agency clients, municipal water suppliers and some of California’s largest private landowners.
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1992
B.A., Business Economics, University of California Santa Barbara, 1988
U.S. Dist. Ct. – Eastern District of California, 1993
U.S. Dist. Ct. – Central District of California, 2009
Guest Speaker IRWA 27th Annual Valuation Seminar 2019: “Stop Calling It Temporary Severance Damage.”
- Successfully represented the largest private landowner in the Antelope Valley Groundwater Adjudication.
- Represents one of the largest civil contractors in the United States in numerous matters throughout California, including mining issues, Miller Act, mechanic lien, stop notice and bond claims.
- Represents Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District, Watermaster for the Tehachapi and Cummings Groundwater Basins.
- Has assisted numerous large land owners in the purchase, sale and transfer of water and water rights.
- Part of the litigation team that successfully defended farmers from prosecution under the State and Federal Endangered Species Act.
- Part of the litigation team that successfully prosecuted the first ever inverse condemnation case against the Unites States for the taking of water for the protection of threatened and endangered fish. Robert focused on valuation issues, while his father, William C. Kuhs, focused on establishing liability.
- Robert and Kuhs & Parker have represented the Greater Bakersfield Separation of Grade District in acquiring the rights-of-way for many of Kern County’s grade separation projects, including the “H” Street underpass, Coffee Road overpass, 7th Standard Road/Highway 99 overpass, and, most recently the Hageman and Allen Road underpass and interchange.
- Part of the land acquisition team responsible for acquiring by eminent domain more than 200 parcels of land necessary to construct Hundai’s $60 million test track in California City, the largest automotive test track of its kind in the United States, including a 6-mile oval.
- Represented a group of farmers, including Bidart Bros., Harris Ranch and others in negotiating with the federal government for right-of-way for the Path 15 Transmission Line.
- Successfully represented several major timber companies including Sierra Pacific Industries, Fruit Growers Supply Company, and Denny Land and Cattle Company in condemnation proceedings to obtain right-of-way for long haul fiber networks and secured mutlti-million dollar settlements.
- With Bernie Barmann, obtained a $16.7 million jury verdict and $22 million judgment for one of the largest wind energy companies in the world.