Jeffry F. Ferre

Partner

Tel: (951) 826-8271

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At a Glance

Jeff heads the firm’s Environmental & Natural Resources and Special Districts practice groups.

Jeff assists clients in forming and running JPAs, which help public agencies work together to share scarce resources.

He is a graduate of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.

Jeff Ferre has more than 27 years of experience representing public clients on a variety of public law matters, including the Brown Act, conflict of interest laws, finance/rates and charges, and the Public Records Act. Jeff serves as general counsel to a number of public agencies and water districts. He is a partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP and is the firm's Environmental Law & Natural Resources and Special Districts practice group leader.

General Counsel
Jeff serves as general counsel to a number of public agencies, including:

  • Cucamonga Valley Water District
  • Western Municipal Water District
  • Coachella Valley Water District
  • Moulton Niguel Water District
  • San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency
  • Big Bear Fire Authority


In his capacity as general counsel, Jeff regularly attends meetings of  boards of directors and provides advice on all aspects of governing a public agency, including the introduction and adoption of  resolutions, ordinances and other policies. This work often requires assisting clients on the timing and structure of public hearings and presentations to the public. His clients depend on him to provide guidance and diffuse disputes in the often adversarial atmosphere of these board meetings. Jeff adeptly steers conflict toward productive discussion and solutions within the confines of the law.

Joint Powers  Authorities
Jeff assists municipalities and utilities in forming and operating  Joint Powers Authorities to address the need for public agencies to work closely together to share scarce resources — including water treatment plants and fire protection services. This results in more efficient and cost-effective operations for the public agencies, and better services for their constituents.

Jeff has served on a number of committees that have addressed issues such as implementation of Proposition 218, which deals with the adoption of public agency rates and charges. Jeff regularly conducts training courses on areas of interest to special districts and provides ethics training to public officials as required by AB 1234. Jeff is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

Education

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Redlands, B.A.
  • California Utility Executive Management Foundation, founding board member