Mr. Diven is a partner in the Public Finance practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP. He has practiced public finance and public agency law for the past 33 years. For the past 26 years, Mr. Diven has specialized in public finance law, acting as lead counsel in engagements involving the following types of financings or finance issues:
Community facilities district bonds; revenue bonds and Certificates of Participation; Mark-Roos bonds; general obligation bonds; assessment district bonds; tax allocation bonds; municipal securities disclosure; assessment district and community facilities district foreclosure proceedings; and restructuring and workouts of distressed assessment districts and community facilities districts.
Mr. Diven has also served as the City Attorney for the Cities of San Marcos and Solana Beach and as general counsel for several community services districts.
Mr. Diven is an active member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the California Government Finance Officers’ Association. Additionally, he serves on CASTOFF, a state-wide committee of bond lawyers, financial consultants and underwriters addressing issues pertaining to assessment and community facilities district financing and Legal Advisory Committee for the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH). Mr. Diven has served as a speaker and lecturer on general obligation bond, revenue bond, assessment district and community facilities district financings, Propositions 218 and 39, judicial foreclosure proceedings for assessment districts and community facilities districts, restructuring and workouts of distressed assessment districts and community facilities districts and primary and continuing disclosure for various organizations, including the League of California Cities, the City Attorneys Associations of San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, the American Public Works Association chapters of San Diego and Los Angeles Counties, the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and continuing education programs at UCSD, UCLA and UC Davis.
Mr. Diven received his B.A. degree from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, in 1967, and his law degree, with scholastic merit, from the Thomas Jefferson School Law , San Diego, in 1976.