Iris P. Yang has helped redevelopment agencies adopt and amend redevelopment plans, litigate and negotiate development agreements for affordable housing projects, shopping centers, mixed-use projects, hotels, and performing arts centers. Since the 2011 enactment of AB 1X 26 and AB 1484, the legislation that dissolved redevelopment agencies, Iris has been serving as special counsel to numerous successor agencies, both in an advisory capacity and in litigation challenging the implementation of the bills. She currently represents the successor agencies of Santa Rosa, Modesto, Vallejo, Redwood City, Santa Ana, Apple Valley, Galt, Ventura, Ceres, Fontana, Big Bear Lake, Marin County, Winters, Lincoln, Richmond, and Ukiah, among others. She also is representing the League of California Cities in litigation regarding the implementation of AB 1X 26 and AB 1484.
Prior to joining Best Best & Krieger LLP in 2010, Iris was a shareholder with McDonough Holland & Allen in Sacramento and the chairperson of its board of directors.
Since 1994, Iris has been the city attorney for the City of Paso Robles, working on a full range of municipal issues, including land use, elections, conflicts of interest, CEQA, public financing, Proposition 218, redevelopment, and litigation on a variety of issues. She has developed a particular focus on advising public agency clients on conflict of interest matters under the Political Reform Act, Government Code section 1090 and common law, as well as in lobbying, economic disclosure and campaign finance matters. She has represented both public and private clients before the state Fair Political Practices Commission and regularly provides ethics training seminars mandated by AB 1234.
Iris is a co-author of Redevelopment in California (Solano Press Books, 4th ed. 2009). From 1995-2010, she wrote and prepared the annual updates for the California chapter of Lobbying, PACs and Campaign Financing – 50 State Handbook (West Publishing Company). In addition, she has been an editor of the California Municipal Law Handbook (League of California Cities). Iris has lectured on various aspects of redevelopment law and practice for the Redevelopment Institute, the education arm of the California Redevelopment Association, the University of California Extension at both Davis and Los Angeles, and the League of California Cities. She has served on the League of California Cities’ Legal Advocacy Committee and the League’s Task Force on the Next Generation of Economic Development Tools.
Iris is a member of the American Bar Association Local Government Section, the State Bar of California Local Government Section, the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento, Women Lawyers of Sacramento, and the California Redevelopment Association. She has served on the board of directors of the Central California Appellate Program since 1989. Iris has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer (2004), listed in the Best Lawyers in America (2012-2014) and named one of the top 25 Municipal Lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal (2013). She has a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating.
From 1974 to 1982, Iris worked as a reporter for The Sacramento Bee, covering local government and legal affairs. In 1978, she received a Public Service Award for Distinguished Reporting on the Administration of Justice from the State Bar of California.