Iris P. Yang

Partner

Tel: (916) 551-2826

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At a Glance

Since 1994, Iris has served as city attorney for the City of Paso Robles.
 
She represents more than a dozen redevelopment successor agencies.
 
Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was a news reporter for the Sacramento Bee.

Iris Yang is a municipal lawyer with more than 30 years of experience representing local public agencies on a wide range of issues, with an emphasis on redevelopment issues. Since the dissolution of redevelopment agencies in 2012, she has been serving as special counsel to numerous successor agencies, both in an advisory capacity and in litigation challenging the implementation of the dissolution legislation. In addition, clients have found that her extensive experience in negotiating and drafting complex agreements for redevelopment projects is very useful for new public-private partnership ventures as the economy improves.
 
She represents the successor agencies of Santa Rosa, Modesto, Redwood City, Apple Valley, Galt, Ventura, Ceres, Fontana, Big Bear Lake, Marin County, March Joint Powers Authority, Winters, Lincoln, Richmond and Ukiah, among others. She also successfully represented the League of California Cities in litigation challenging the constitutionality of certain provisions in the dissolution legislation that threatened local government revenues. Before redevelopment’s dissolution, Iris helped redevelopment agencies adopt and amend redevelopment plans, negotiate development agreements for affordable housing projects, shopping centers, mixed-use projects, hotels and performing arts centers, and represented them in litigation.
 
Since 1994, Iris has served as 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. She has developed a particular focus on advising public agency clients in 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.
 
Prior to joining Best Best & Krieger LLP, Iris was a shareholder with McDonough Holland & Allen in Sacramento and the chairperson of its Board of Directors.
 
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.
 
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. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California. 

Education

  • University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D.
  • Stanford University, M.A.
  • Wellesley College, B.A.
 

Memberships

  • American Bar Association Local Government Section
  • State Bar of California Local Government Section
  • Asian Bar Association of Sacramento
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • California Redevelopment Association
  • Central California Appellate Program Board of Directors
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, 2004, 2015, 2017
  • Sacramento Business Journal Best of the Bar, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, Land Use & Zoning Law, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Land Use/Zoning, Municipal Law & Municipal Litigation, 2012-2015
  • Sacramento Magazine Top Lawyers, State, Local & Municipal, 2015
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition, Construction, Real Estate and Environmental, 2015
  • Daily Journal Top 25 Municipal Lawyers in California, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rated
Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017
Press Releases Jul 7, 2017

Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017

Congratulations to the Nine BB&K Attorneys on this Year’s Lists

Client Successes Sep 28, 2016

BB&K Successful in Post-Redevelopment Case for City Client

Partners Victor L. Wolf, Iris P. Yang and Danielle G. Sakai Represent City of Fontana

Client Successes Sep 19, 2016

BB&K Represents City in Successful Recovery of Redevelopment Loans

Partner Iris Yang Litigated Against Department of Finance

Press Releases Aug 15, 2016

20 BB&K Attorneys Make Best Lawyers in America 2017 List

Two Named Lawyers of the Year

Press Releases Aug 3, 2016

Sacramento Magazine Recognizes BB&K Partners

The Annual Top Lawyers List Includes Five Firm Attorneys

Press Releases Jul 8, 2016

Congratulations to BB&K’s Attorneys on the Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Eight Attorneys Recognized for Their Professional Achievements

Sacramento Business Journal Names Five BB&K Attorneys to 2015 Best of the Bar List
Press Releases Aug 28, 2015

Sacramento Business Journal Names Five BB&K Attorneys to 2015 Best of the Bar List

Congratulations to Each of These Attorneys for Their Recognition

Press Releases Aug 17, 2015

19 BB&K Attorneys Included on the 2016 Best Lawyers in America List

Partner Iris Yang and Of Counsel Joseph Coomes Selected as Lawyers of the Year

Press Releases Aug 3, 2015

Seven BB&K Attorneys Appear on Sacramento Magazine’s 2015 Top Lawyers List

Voted the Best in Their Fields by Their Peers

Press Releases Jul 10, 2015

Six BB&K Attorneys Included on the Northern California Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

The Attorneys in the Firm’s Walnut Creek and Sacramento Offices Represent a Cross-Section of Practices

Santa Rosa Wins Court Round in Redevelopment Fight with State
BB&K In the News Jan 1, 2015

Santa Rosa Wins Court Round in Redevelopment Fight with State

BB&K Partner Iris Yang Discusses a Key Ruling in One City's Effort to Recoup $7.2 Million in Redevelopment Loans in the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat

Press Releases Aug 19, 2014

Thirteen BB&K Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 List

The Included Attorneys Practice in BB&K Offices throughout California

  • “Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Long Diminution of Redevelopment,” 2012 UCLA Extension Land Use Law and Planning Conference, Feb. 3, 2012