Jeffry F. Ferre is a partner with the law firm of Best Best & Krieger LLP and is the firm's Environmental Law & Natural Resources and Special Districts practice group leader. Mr. Ferre serves as general counsel, or co-general counsel, to a number of public agencies and water districts. For over 20 years, he has represented public and private clients on various public law matters, including advocacy and consultation before governmental/legislative bodies. Mr. Ferre’s practice areas include the Brown Act/Open Meeting Law, conflict of interest laws, finance/rates and charges, public works construction and disclosure of public records.
Mr. Ferre serves as general counsel to Cucamonga Valley Water District, Western Municipal Water District, Rossmoor Community Services District, Twentynine Palms Water District, and the Crest Forest Fire Protection District, among others. In his capacity as general counsel, Mr. Ferre regularly attends meetings of the Board of Directors and provides advice on all aspects of governing a public agency including the introduction and adoption of minute orders, resolutions and ordinances. This work often requires assisting clients on the timing and structure of public hearings and presentations to the public.
Mr. Ferre has served on a number of committees that have addressed issues such as implementation of Proposition 218, which deals with the adoption of public agency rates and charges. Mr. Ferre regularly conducts training courses on areas of interest to special districts and provides ethics training to public officials as required by AB 1234.
Mr. Ferre received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1988 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento and was admitted to the State Bar of California that same year. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Redlands in 1985.