Parissh Knox regularly advises elected officials, public agencies and community-based organizations. He is a skilled transactional attorney with substantial experience in the Brown Act, Political Reform Act, Fair Housing Act, public contracting, election law, and complex zoning and land use law. Parissh is a contributing author of BB&K’s Political Law Update blog (www.BBKpoliticallaw.com). He currently serves as assistant general counsel for the Pasadena Glen Community Services District, South Montebello Irrigation District, Independent Cities Finance Authority, and Valley-Wide Recreation and Parks District. He also provides specialized legal services to many other clients including the Town of Apple Valley and the cities of San Jacinto, Arcadia and Indian Wells.
Over the years, Parissh has staffed planning commissions for the Town of Apple Valley and the cities of Fontana and Maywood. In recent years, he has advised on a variety of complex public policy matters including group homes, concerns related to homelessness, medical marijuana, local agency elections, and affordable housing. Parissh also teaches the graduate urban planning and law course at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he graduated with a Masters in Urban Planning. In 2012, he co-presented at the National Institute for Newly Elected Officials’ National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) on the topic of “Policy Making and Bureaucracy.” In 2010, Parissh was chosen as a Coro Executive Fellow in Los Angeles.
Parissh continues to be active in the community. In 2013, he was appointed to the State Bar of California’s Legal Services Trust Fund Commission. Parissh is a past-president of the board of directors for California Youth Connection, a statewide nonprofit organization recognized as a voice for former and current foster youth. He is also a past vice president of the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides free legal aid services to low-income residents in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. In 2009, Parissh served as an international observer during the presidential election in El Salvador.
Adopted from an Okinawan orphanage, Parissh grew up in a military family. He has actively volunteered in and on behalf of various African American, Asian Pacific American and Latino communities for more than 15 years on a variety of issues including increased services for emancipating foster youth, affordable housing, jobs, consumer rights, community economic development, and voter protection.