Eight attorneys at Best Best & Krieger LLP were named by their peers among the region's most respected lawyers in the 2011 Southern California Super Lawyers magazine for their expertise in municipal, environmental and estate planning law and litigation. The attorneys are John E. Brown, Scott H. Campbell, Christopher L. Carpenter, Sonia R. Carvalho, Dean Derleth, Nowland C. Hong, Michelle Ouellette, and Gregory K. Wilkinson. Only five percent of Southern California lawyers, excluding San Diego (which has its own list), received this honor.
Brown represents a variety of California public agencies including cities, redevelopment agencies, special districts and school districts. He is the city attorney for Ontario, Calif., and the town attorney of Apple Valley. Brown has served as general counsel to the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District for more than 30 years. He is general counsel to the March Joint Powers Authority, March Inland Port Airport Authority and March JPA Redevelopment Agency, the local reuse authorities for the former March Air Force Base. Brown was named in the government, cities and municipalities category.
Campbell, a municipal lawyer and litigator with extensive trial experience, represents public entities as both general counsel and public works construction counsel. He has supervised public works projects involving more than $150 million in public funding and serves as city attorney for Avalon and general counsel for the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District. Campbell was named in the government, cities and municipalities category.
Carpenter’s practice includes the preparation and administration of revocable and irrevocable trusts and related matters. He focuses on business succession planning for families that own successful small businesses. Carpenter served as managing partner of Best Best & Krieger for more than seven years. He was named in the estate planning and probate category.
Carvalho is the city attorney for Azusa and Claremont. She is also co-chair of BB&K’s Public Policy and Ethics group. As general counsel to municipalities, Carvalho advises on all aspects of municipal law. In addition, she specializes in the areas of ethics and open government laws, land use entitlements and elections law. Carvalho was named in the government, cities and municipalities category.
Derleth represents many municipal and other public agency clients as general counsel and in areas such as public contracting, land use, the California Environmental Quality Act, the Williamson Act, risk management, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), and natural resources law. He is known particularly for his expertise in public works contracts and related contract and construction issues, as well as land use and development issues. Derleth is the city attorney for Corona and Colton. He was named in the government, cities and municipalities category.
Hong has five decades of experience in municipal and redevelopment law, and litigation. He has specialized in trials and appeals in the state and federal courts representing major public agencies and districts, private corporations and individuals in complex litigation, class actions and representative suits encompassing a wide range of issues. Hong was named in the general litigation category.
Ouellette is known for her expertise in federal and state endangered species laws, the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. She steered two of the nation’s largest habitat conservation plans through a maze of environmental requirements, protecting dozens of endangered species in Southern California while allowing development to move forward. Ouellette was named in the environmental law field.
Wilkinson works on key cases in California involving water, the state’s most precious natural resource. He successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court in Bennett v. Spear, 520 U.S. 154 (1997), a case involving endangered species and an irrigation project that straddles the California/Oregon border. Wilkinson was named in the environmental law category.
About Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers is a list of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and personal achievement. Polling, research and selection are performed by Law & Politics, a publication of Key Professional Media, Inc. Law and Politics has been publishing legal magazines since 1990 and Super Lawyers since 1991.