Representing Southern California Municipalities In Litigation
Through 35 years of practice in litigation on behalf of Los Angeles County municipalities and other California cities, () has earned a sound reputation. In addition to representing individual cities, the firm also represents entire groups of cities and other public entities such as school districts.
Representative municipal clients have included Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu and many of the 85 cities contained in Los Angeles County and Orange County. Municipalities as far south as Vista in San Diego County and as far north as cities in the San Francisco area rely on the knowledge, preparation and skillful advocacy of .
The Firm’s Philosophy In Municipal Litigation
“The goal to succeed in every case is tempered by the recognition that a result achieved at a disproportionate cost is not beneficial to the client. Consequently, the firm works with its municipal clients and their decision-makers to create realistic budgets taking into consideration the risks involved, the difficulty of applicable law, complexity of the facts, issues related to gathering evidence, the extent of necessary law and motion practice, and the personalities of those involved in the matter.” — Attorney
Subject Areas Of Practice
Areas of focus in municipal litigation as practiced by include cost recovery, receiverships, injunctions, nuisance abasement and the Fair Housing Act. Attorneys of the firm have taken cities’ sides in civil rights disputes and allegations of violations of health and safety regulations. Additional case samples have involved cost recovery issues, condemnations, land use disputes, zoning codes, tax codes and building codes. Hot-button issues including licensing, adult entertainment, marijuana regulation, property maintenance and nuisance abatement take center stage in civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) forums.
Venues Of Practice
The firm’s attorneys regularly and successfully handle jury and nonjury trials, appeals in the California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The firm represents its clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings including arbitrations, judicial references, appraisals and accountings, mediations, proceedings before administrative and public agencies, and private venues such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
is distinct among municipal litigation law firms in southern California with respect to a rather unique function: bringing criminal prosecutions as well as civil litigation. Countless cities throughout the region have appointed attorneys as city prosecutors in code enforcement challenges and other criminal matters.
Note regarding in-house municipal counsel: lawyers do not aspire to take the place of city attorneys. Rather, the firm serves as a valuable resource for cities and their lawyers, handling specific legal matters such as writs of mandate, appellate cases and “Cumis” counsel.