Carlos L. Campos, who represents local public agencies, including municipalities and special districts, is a partner in the Indian Wells office of Best Best & Krieger LLP.
Carlos serves as the city attorney for the cities of Coachella and Colton and represents the cities of Ontario, Palm Desert and Indian Wells in various capacities. He is also general counsel to the Desert Healthcare District and the Coachella Valley Enterprise Zone. As a member of the firm’s Municipal Law and Special District practice groups, his areas of focus include general public agency law, the Brown Act, conflict of interest, election law, land use and planning, initiatives and referenda, the Public Records Act, code enforcement and Native American law issues.
Carlos often makes presentations on public agency topics to elected officials and attorneys, and has spoken recently to groups in California, Michigan and Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining BB&K, Carlos researched and prepared published articles and a book on international human rights law, worked with individuals seeking refugee status under the 1951 Geneva Convention at a non-governmental organization in The Hague, Netherlands, and co-taught legal seminars at the Catholic Superior School of Law in Jeremie, Haiti.
Carlos, who speaks fluent Spanish, was a research assistant at the Interlaw Foundation in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he worked on Central American legal and policy issues and on cases before the Organization of American States Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He was also a research assistant at the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, now housed at the University of Southern California.
He is a member of the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation and the Warren E. Slaughter American Inn of Court. Carlos is also a member of the board of directors of the Dr. Carreon Foundation, a trustee of the Desert Bar Association, and is a member of several charitable organizations. He is a former board member of the Coachella Valley Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce and the Coachella Chamber of Commerce, and is the former chair of the Coachella Valley City Attorneys Association. He has also served as an appointee to the Municipal Law Institute of the League of California Cities
Carlos earned his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a founding member of the Race and Poverty Law Journal. He graduated with honors from Pitzer College with a double major in political and labor studies after studying abroad in Mexico, England and Central America.