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Grover C. Trask

Special Counsel

Riverside
3390 University Avenue
5th Floor
(951) 826-8277

Grover Trask leads the firm’s Public Policy and Ethics sub-practice group. His practice focuses on government accountability, ethics, conflicts of interest, and election law matters. Grover provides compliance counseling on governmental accountability and, in particular, ensuring timely and accurate investigation of alleged ethical violations. He also advises and represents clients on public integrity issues involving conflicts, fair political practices, and other areas of regulations impacting public and corporate entities and individual elected officials. He is special counsel in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group.

Grover served for nearly a quarter century as Riverside County District Attorney and 32 years as a prosecutor. As district attorney, he headed the fourth largest district attorneys' office in California with an annual budget of $85 million and a staff of over 800 people, including 256 attorneys. Grover supervised the successful prosecution of hundreds of criminal defendants during his career. While district attorney, he implemented innovative programs targeting local gangs, drug dealers, child and elder abusers, domestic violence, and consumer/white collar fraud. His strong public safety stance had statewide impact affecting important policy issues such as juvenile crime reform and tougher laws on drug dealers.

In 1990, Grover was appointed by Governor Deukmejian to chair a statewide Blue Ribbon Commission on Prison Reform, and in 1996 Governor Wilson appointed him to chair the California Task Force to review Crime and the Juvenile Justice Response. He served as vice president and board member of the National District Attorneys Association for over a decade. He is qualified to practice before the United States Supreme Court and has appeared before the court twice.

Grover served on the board of trustees of the American Prosecutors Research Institute, located near Washington D.C. from 1998 to 2008. He twice served as president of the California District Attorneys Association. In 2006, Grover received the prestigious Ed Miller Leadership Award from the California District Attorneys Association, joining only two other recipients in ten years. He is the author of “Police Liability: The Prosecutor’s Role and Ethical Duties When Deadly Force is Used” in The Prosecutors Deskbook, published by the American Prosecutors Research Institute. In 2008 he authored the “Public Agency Attorney’s Role in a Criminal Ethics Investigation of an Official” for the Public Law Journal. Grover regularly lectures on ethics issues facing public officials and their agencies.

Grover currently serves as special counsel to the Riverside County Executive Officer. In 2008, at the request of the Board of Supervisors, he lead an election audit review of the Riverside Registrar of Voters. Grover has assisted public agency clients throughout California with internal investigations involving public officials and personnel matters, financial conflicts of interest, misuse of public monies, grand jury investigations, Political Reform Act and Brown Act matters.

Grover currently serves on the Community Foundation as past chair. He serves as the chair of the PAC for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership. Grover also serves on the board of the California Institute for the Advancement of Criminal Justice. Additionally, he has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice (1991-1994) and has taught at the National College of District Attorneys. He is one of the 2006 Inaugural Directors for Chapman Law School’s LL.M in Prosecutorial Science.

Education

  • University of San Diego (USD), J.D.
  • San Diego State University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • California (1974)
Grover C. Trask
Special Counsel
Articles
  • Legal Brief: Attorney General Revisits Real Estate Negotiations Exception to the Brown Act. Vo. 7 Issue 2 March 2012 Special District Leadership Foundation
  • Ethics in California: Actions Likely to Violate Section 1090. November 2012 Public CEO.com
  • Ethics in California: Section 1090, the Lesser-known law with Dire Consequences. September 2012 Public CEO.com
  • Applicability of Section 1090 to California Charter Schools. 2009 edition Public Law Journal
  • Of Potholes and Landmines The Public Agency Attorney’s Role in Criminal Ethics Investigations of an Official. 2008 edition Public Law Journal
  • National District Attorneys Association. NDAA Bulletin. Bad Check Writers: Pay or be Prosecuted. November-December edition, 1990
  • California District Attorneys Association. Prosecutor's Brief. The Probable Cause Controversy: How Prompt is Prompt? 1991
Publications
  • State Bar of California. Continuing Education of the Bar. California Criminal Law, Procedure and Practice. Pleas and Case Settlement. 1986. 1990 supplement
  • Pacific Law Journal. Proposition 8 and the Exclusionary Rule: Toward a New Balance of Defendant and Victim Rights. 1992
Grover C. Trask
Special Counsel
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, highest legal standard since 1994, 2014
  • Inland Empire 2012 Top Lawyers (Inland Empire), 2013
  • Inland Empire Economic Partnership President’s Award. 2012
  • American Diabetes Assoc. Father of the Year Award, 2012
  • Community Foundation Outstanding Leadership Award, 2011
  • Boy Scout’s Centennial Distinguished Citizen Award, 2007
  • California District Attorneys Association — Ed Miller Leadership Award, 2006
  • Western Riverside Council of Government Public Safety Leadership Award, 2006
  • Top 100 Lawyers in California (Los Angeles Daily Journal), 2002
Grover C. Trask
Special Counsel
  • California District Attorneys Association
    • President. 1987-88
  • National District Attorneys Association
    • Board of Directors, 1988-2006
    • Vice President, 2000-2002 
  • California Lawyers Magazine
    • Editorial Advisory Board, 2004-2006
  • Community Foundation
    • Past Chair and Board Member
  •  Inland Empire Economic Partnership
    • IEEP PAC Chair
       
 

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