Press Releases Oct 08, 2020

Public Finance Partner Lutfi Kharuf Recognized As One of San Diego’s 40 Under 40

SD Metro Magazine Honors Young Professionals

Best Best & Krieger LLP Partner Lutfi Kharuf is among the young professionals on this year’s San Diego 40 Under 40 list by SD Metro magazine. The list honors emerging leaders in their industries and communities based on their achievements and dedication to supporting others.
A member of the firm’s Public Finance and Special District practice groups, Kharuf is helping cities and public utilities across California navigate the steep revenue implications of COVID-19. These public agencies rely on Kharuf, 36, to steer them through the ever-shifting landscape of regulations and laws to ensure services for the local residents they serve.
With unique experience harmonizing the revenue needs of public agencies with legal mandates and political considerations, Kharuf counsels a variety of public agencies, including the County of Los Angeles, City of Palm Springs and Santa Fe Irrigation District.

Kharuf is currently working with a group of attorneys across the state to coordinate the defense of a statewide class-action lawsuit that attempts to limit the ability for water purveyors to pay for fire-fighting water infrastructure. He recently provided advice to the Santa Margarita Water District in its effort to continue providing service to more than 170,000 ratepayers while facing rising costs. And, under his financing guidance, the Hi-Desert Water District was able to open a wastewater reclamation facility — the first of its kind in the High Desert — so that Yucca Valley could transition from an outdated septic system to a new sewer system.

Kharuf serves on the Association of California Water Agencies’ Legal Affairs Committee, the League of California Cities’ Municipal Finance Committee and the San Diego County Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Last year, he was named a Top 40 Under 40 by the San Diego Daily Transcript.


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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