Aaron Cole Gettis

Aaron Cole Gettis

Practice areas:

Environmental and natural resources

About me

As Deputy County Counsel for the County of Riverside’s Office of County Counsel, Mr. Gettis focuses his practice on providing the County with legal advice in the preparation and management of complex documents and compliance procedures pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  Additionally, Mr. Gettis oversees the County’s compliance pursuant to the Clean Water Act.


Mr. Gettis has over 13 years of experience working with complex real estate, environmental, and land use issues as both a licensed attorney and a consultant. He has obtained land use permits and managed regulatory compliance efforts for large-scale commercial/resort developments, residential planned communities, mining operations, large-scale energy projects, telecommunication facilities, habitat resource management plans, water infrastructure and electrical transmission projects.  



Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Contact info

3960 Orange Street
5th Floor
Riverside, CA, 92501

State Status Acquired Updated
CA Active 2008 08/24/2016
WI Administrative Suspension 2002 11/10/2016
Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Deputy County Counsel County of Riverside Office of County Counsel 2014 – Present
Attorney Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden, PC 2011 – Present
Legal Counsel and Senior Project Manager Dudek 2008 – 2011
Attorney Best Best & Krieger 2006 – 2008
Entitlements and Regulatory Compliance Manager CAA Planning and Lilburn 2004 – 2006
Entitlements Attorney Richard Connor Riley & Associates / E3 Development Solutions 2001 – 2004
Association name Position name Duration
State Bar of California Member N/A
State Bar of Wisconsin Member N/A
Riverside County Bar Association Member N/A
Inland Empire Association of Environmental Professionals Member N/A
Association of Environmental Professionals Treasurer N/A
Publication name Title Date
California Water Law & Policy Reporter Nestle Waters North America Reopens the Environmental Process for the Proposed McCloud Spring Water Bottling Facility N/A
California Water Law & Policy Reporter New State Regulations Set Legal Limit for Perchlorate in Public Water Supplies N/A
California Water Law & Policy Reporter Salton Sea Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report: Battle to Save the Salton Sea N/A
California Water Law & Policy Reporter Emergency Injunction by Ninth Circuit Halts the Lining of the All American Canal N/A
California Water Law & Policy Reporter California Continues Battling for Federal Support of Ailing Levees N/A
School name Major Degree Graduated
Univ of Wisconsin School of Law Law Juris Doctor 2001
University of Washington -Seattle Construction Management and Science Post-Graduate Coursework 1997
Oregon State University Psychology/Sociology Bachelor of Science 1991
Speaking engagements
Conference name Title Date
St. Mark’s Presbyterian in Newport Beach Symposium on Solar Rights Act and Local Land Use Control 2011
University of California – Riverside CEQA Basics 2005

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