John E. Brown

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Tel: (909) 483-6640

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At a Glance

John represents public agencies including cities, redevelopment agencies, special districts and school districts as both general and special counsel.
 
He serves as city attorney of Ontario and La Habra Heights, and town attorney of the Town of Apple Valley.
 
John is Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rated.

John E. Brown is a public lawyer who represents a variety of California public agencies including cities, redevelopment agencies, special districts and school districts as both general and special counsel. He splits his time between Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Ontario and Riverside offices.

City Attorney
John serves as city attorney of Ontario and La Habra Heights, and town attorney of the Town of Apple Valley. He served as city attorney for cities throughout California since 1976.

General Counsel
John acts as general counsel for a variety of other public agencies. He served as general counsel to the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District for more than 30 years and also acts as general counsel to the Hi-Desert Water District. John is general counsel of the March Joint Powers Authority and the March Inland Port Airport Authority, the local reuse authorities for the former March Air Force Base in Southern California.

Public Agency Best Practices
With decades of experience working with public agencies, John continuously parlays lessons learned into best practices that he shares with public officials. Whether it’s presenting a panel about social media use at the California Special Districts Association conference or leading a discussion on being an effective board member at the Association of Sanitation Agencies conference, John makes helping the communities he serves a priority.

He joined the firm in 1975 and chaired the firm’s Municipal Law practice group from 1996 to 2008. He also served on the firm’s Executive Committee and as its marketing partner. John is admitted to practice in the State of California.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley Law School, J.D.
  • Occidental College, M.A.
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A., magna cum laude


Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Municipal Law, 2012-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rated, since 1995
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2007, 2010-2012


 
  • Urban Land Institute
  • American Planning Association
  • California Historical Society, treasurer of the Board of Trustees
  • California Citrus State Historic Park Nonprofit Management Corporation Board of Directors
Event Jun 26, 2017

Crisis Mode: Practical Advice for Special District Leaders for Handling Board Disputes

CSDA's 2017 General Manager Leadership Summit

John Brown Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

John Brown Video Bio

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Using Nature's Technology in Response to Drought

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Modern Urban Living in the Dry Age

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

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Water and Technology

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert
BB&K Event Sep 15, 2016

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BB&K's Inaugural Premier Event

How are Cities Looking at Water
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How are Cities Looking at Water

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

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Two Named Lawyers of the Year

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Event Oct 1, 2014

Rate Setting Compliance, Social Media in Politics and CEQA

California Special Districts Association

Event Sep 15, 2014

New Uses of Social Media to Engage the Citizenry and Inform the Planning Process/Ethics and Conflicts of Interest in Land Use Approval Process

American Planning Association California Chapter

Event Sep 3, 2014

BB&K Attorneys Discussed Fair Housing Claims, Environmental Legal Issues and Social Media

League of California Cities Annual Conference

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