Gregg W. Kettles

Partner

gregg.kettles@bbklaw.com

Tel: (310) 220-2175

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At a Glance

Gregg represents clients in litigation matters, focusing on writs and appeals.

He approaches brief writing as a historian, legal scholar and storyteller.

Gregg’s practice is in the areas of land use regulation, environmental law and local government.


 

Gregg W. Kettles represents clients in litigation matters, focusing on writs of mandate in the areas of land use regulation, environmental law and local government, and all manner of appeals. Courts deciding writs and appeals look first to the briefs submitted by the parties in the dispute. Gregg brings a methodical approach, first assuming the role of historian, combing through the record to find out what happened. He studies the facts from the perspective of the legal scholar, to consider how they may be viewed against the fabric of the law. When it comes time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), Gregg becomes a storyteller, weaving the facts and law into a compelling narrative to be presented to the court.
 
Gregg’s litigation work draws on a broad range of professional experiences. Gregg was a tenured professor at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Miss.. There, he focused his teaching and writing on land use regulation, environmental law and local government. In the land of William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Richard Wright, Gregg also learned about storytelling. He has served as deputy counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, giving Gregg a view of law practice from the perspective of the client. Immediately prior to joining Best Best & Krieger LLP, Gregg practiced law with Jenkins & Hogin, LLP.
 
Gregg regularly writes and presents on municipal law and litigation issues. He serves on the League of California Cities City Attorneys’ Attorney Development and Succession Committee, and on the board of the City Attorneys’ Association of Los Angeles County.
 
Gregg is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado and the District of Columbia.
 
Representative Matters

  • Represented the City of West Hollywood in action challenging the City’s affordable housing in-lieu fee and inclusionary zoning ordinance as a taking and an illegal exaction under the federal and state constitutions. Won dismissal of lawsuit at trial and on appeal in a published opinion. 616 Croft Ave., LLC v. City of West Hollywood, 3 Cal.App.5th 621 (2016). 
  • Represented the City of Malibu in action challenging the City’s issuance of a coastal development permit for a school athletic field lighting project as a violation of due process and the California Environmental Quality Act . Won affirmance of trial court decision on appeal. 
  • Represented the City of West Hollywood in action challenging a city ordinance banning the retail sale of fur clothing, believed to be the first ordinance of its kind in the United States. Won dismissal of lawsuit filed in federal court for violation of equal protection and due process. Won dismissal of second lawsuit filed in state court under theories that ordinance was preempted by state laws protecting fish and wildlife and was ultra vires under the state Constitution. 
  • Represented the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, a joint powers authority, in action challenging plan to spend special tax revenues, mitigation fees and other use-restricted funds on a major public infrastructure project. Won dismissal of lawsuit. 
  • Represented the City of West Hollywood in action challenging the City’s issuance of a land use permit and adoption of a development agreement for a billboard. Won dismissal of lawsuit at trial and on appeal.  
 


Education

  • Yale Law School, Yale University, J.D.
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A.






 

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