Services Set for Longtime ACWA Committee Chair Jess Senecal

A memorial service for longtime water attorney Jess Senecal is planned for 2 p.m. July 7 at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada.

Senecal, a senior partner of the law firm Lagerlof, Senecal, Gosney & Kruse LLP, chaired the ACWA State Legislative Committee from 1970 to 2007. He was also a member of the ACWA Legal Affairs Committee and served several terms on the ACWA Board of Directors.

He died June 6 at the age of 81 while recovering from a stroke.

In 2008, Senecal was presented with ACWA’s Emissary Award, which recognizes individuals for remarkable contributions to California water by supporting and advancing the association’s goals.

“All of us who served with Jess on the ACWA State Legislative Committee will remember his wit and wisdom,” said ACWA State Legislative Committee Chair Paul M. Bartkiewicz of Bartkiewicz, Kronick & Shanahan. “He guided the ACWA legislative committee for 37 years as chair with a steady disposition, armed with a broad and extensive knowledge of California law and the legislative process. He ensured that all points of view on an issue were heard, and he led us to the best result not just for ACWA’s members, but for California. His career-long dedication to ACWA, and water and local government issues, is remarkable and will not be matched. He stands with the giants in the legacy of ACWA. He was a dear friend and a respected colleague.”

His legal tenure spanned more than 50 years of experience in municipal, natural resources, business and real estate law, and he was involved in nearly every major water rights case in Southern California.

He served as counsel for a number of public agencies, municipal corporations and investor-owned entities engaged in the utility business.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions may be made in memory of H. Jess Senecal to:

The University of Redlands
H. Jess and Donna Colton Senecal Scholarship
P.O. Box 3080
Redlands, CA  92373-0999


La Cañada Presbyterian Church
(Seafarers Cargo Fund)
626 Foothill Blvd
La Canada, CA  91011