Press Releases May 20, 2019

BB&K Attorney Lutfi Kharuf a Top 40 Under 40 in San Diego

San Diego Daily Transcript Annual List of Rising Stars

For Immediate Release: May 20, 2019
Media Contact: Denise Nix • (213) 787-2552 •
SAN DIEGO —  Congratulations to Best Best & Krieger LLP attorney Lutfi Kharuf for being named a Top 40 Under 40  by the San Diego Daily Transcript. The annual list recognizes young professionals in San Diego for achievements that demonstrate leadership and contributions to the business community.
An associate in BB&K’s Special Districts practice group, Lutfi helps public agencies throughout California finance vital capital and infrastructure projects. A rising star and recognized authority in an evolving, complex area of law, Lutfi harmonizes the revenue needs of his public agency clients with legal mandates and political considerations. 
“I help out with all sorts of finance issues,” Lutfi told the Daily Transcript for its Top 40 Under 40 feature, which published Wednesday. “It’s often two sides of the same coin: raising money and issuing debt.”
Lutfi has represented and advised a variety of public agencies, ranging from the City of West Hollywood to the Santa Fe Irrigation District.  He is currently advising the Hi-Desert Water District on transitioning from septic to sewer system, and financing a new wastewater system.
In response to significant increases in water costs, Lutfi recently counseled a public water purveyor in San Diego County on creating additional revenue streams to pay for its infrastructure and operations and protecting against uncertain water availability in years to come. He ensured the water supplier was compliant with evolving local government financing regulations and that its 190,000 ratepayers retained one of San Diego County’s lowest water rates.
“The value I bring is helping to bridge the gap between quickly changing laws and the real needs of organizations,” he told the Daily Transcript.
He is a frequent author and presenter on the impacts new laws and court cases have on government finance. A member of the California Special Districts Association’s Legislative Committee and Legal Advisory Working Group, Kharuf frequently travels to Sacramento to weigh in on pending legislation and advocate on behalf of his public agency clients. He recently became a member of the League of California Cities’ City Attorneys’ Department Municipal Finance Committee, where he will provide feedback on government finance issues affecting cities statewide. 
Lutfi is committed to advancing diversity in the workplace, including gender identity, sexual orientation and race, and has experience working both domestically and abroad.
“I have experience in working with people who are different from myself, which is useful when working with different stakeholders coming from different perspectives,” Kharuf told the newspaper.
He is twice a graduate of the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and law degree from the Gould School of Law. Lutfi received his master of laws degree in finance from the Institute for Law and Finance in Frankfurt, Germany.
The full 40 Under 40 list can be found here [subscription required for articles].


Best Best & Krieger LLP is a national law firm that focuses on environmental, business, education, municipal and telecommunications law for public agency and private clients. With more than 200 attorneys, the law firm has 10 offices nationwide, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit or follow @BBKlaw on Twitter or @BestBestKrieger on Facebook.

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