Carlos L. Campos is a partner in the Municipal Law and Special Districts practice groups of the Indian Wells office of Best Best & Krieger LLP. Mr. Campos joined the firm after graduation from law school and focuses primarily on public agency law.
Mr. Campos’ practice focuses on the representation of local governmental entities and special districts. He currently serves as the city attorney for the City of Coachella and represents the cities of Palm Desert and Indian Wells in various capacities. He is also general counsel to the Desert Healthcare District and the Coachella Valley Enterprise Zone. In addition, Mr. Campos provides assistance to many of the firm’s special district clients including the Salton Community Services District and College of the Desert. His practice areas include general public agency law, the Brown Act, conflict of interest, election law, land use and planning, initiatives and referenda, Public Records Act, code enforcement, and Native American law issues.
Prior to joining Best Best & Krieger, Mr. Campos 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.
Mr. Campos has been 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 (OAS) 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.
Mr. Campos speaks fluent Spanish. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the Desert Bar Association, the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, and the Warren E. Slaughter American Inn of Court. Mr. Campos 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 located in the Coachella Valley. 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.
Mr. Campos earned his Juris Doctorate 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.