Malathy Subramanian


Tel: (925) 977-3303


At a Glance

Mala serves as city attorney of Clayton and Lafayette.
She advises on all aspects of municipal law, focusing on land use, ethics and open government.

Mala also has extensive experience in transportation law and in representing Local Agency Formation Commissions.


Malathy Subramanian represents a diverse set of public agencies throughout Northern California and the Central Valley as a partner in the Municipal Law practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Walnut Creek office. Mala serves as city attorney for Clayton and Lafayette. She also serves as general counsel to Marin LAFCO, Merced LAFCO, Santa Clara LAFCO, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and various joint powers authorities and special districts. Before their dissolution, she served as general counsel to several redevelopment agencies.
Land Use 
Mala guides clients through the various questions and hurdles that arise with development projects, including the Subdivision Map Act, the Housing Accountability Act and others.
Brown Act, Public Records Act and Conflict of Interest 
In addition to regularly representing her clients at their public meetings, she frequently trains them on the Public Records Act, the Brown Act, conflicts of interest and AB 1234 ethics compliance. 
Transportation projects involve many different agencies and legal hurdles. Mala enjoys working on complex projects and collaborating with other BB&K attorneys on finance, the California Environmental Quality Act, public contracts and election law. For example, she assisted the Contra Costa Transportation Authority in its effort to place a half-cent sales tax on the November 2016 ballot.
She has served as past president of the Contra Costa County City Attorney Association and as president of the Bay Area City Attorney Association. In 2007, she received the East Bay Times Women of Distinction Award. Mala is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

  • University of California, Hastings, J.D.
  • University of California, San Diego, B.A.


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