Michael J. Maurer

Associate

Tel: (213) 787-2557

Location(s)

At a Glance

Mike serves as city attorney or assistant city attorney to several California cities.
 
He has assisted public agencies in planning and carrying out major grant-funded capital facilities projects.
 
Mike has significant experience advising agencies on land use and development matters.
 

Michael Maurer practices Municipal Law as an attorney at Best Best & Krieger LLP. In addition to advising cities on the legalities of their day-to-day operations, Mike provides exceptional guidance to public agencies in the areas of land use, public infrastructure and construction, and open government and ethics laws.
 
Public Infrastructure and Facilities
Mike regularly guides clients through the process of constructing and improving public infrastructure and facilities. He advises on major construction and renovation projects involving tens of millions of dollars in public investment, and works with agencies to implement alternative options, such as design-build. Mike’s goal is to help clients deliver projects on-time and on-budget. To meet this challenge, he finds innovative approaches to resolve legal disputes that arise during construction, aiding clients in avoiding claims and negotiating settlements. Where necessary, Mike has also litigated construction disputes on behalf of public agency clients.
 
Land Use
Mike serves as counsel to the Arcadia Planning Commission and assists several planning departments in all facets of development and land use transactions. He regularly works with city planners to draft ordinances, negotiate agreements, prepare conditions of approval and take necessary steps to ensure that cities’ rights and interests are protected. He has advised on complex development matters, including negotiating development agreements, the creation of new subdivisions and entitlements for large-scale businesses.
 
Municipal Law
Mike serves as city attorney for the cities of San Jacinto and La Habra Heights, where he advises the city councils at each of their meetings. He also serves as assistant city attorney for the cities of Avalon and Arcadia, as well as assistant general counsel to Castaic Lake Water Agency, Gold Coast Health Plan and the Pasadena Glen Community Services District. As a municipal attorney, Mike works closely with local government boards, executives and staff members to find creative solutions to the challenges facing their communities.
 
Mike is also uniquely experienced with the Americans with Disabilities Act, having obtained a published decision in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that provides helpful guidance to agencies that own and operate facilities for public events. He has worked with agencies to resolve disputes and develop solutions for potential barriers to access in public facilities and rights of way.
 
As a law student at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Mike provided legal counsel to local community groups as part of the Community Economic Development Clinic. From this experience, he developed an understanding and passion for the important role that local government plays in serving in communities and bringing about positive change. He is grateful that he now has the opportunity to counsel the civic leaders who provide these services. Mike is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

Education

  • University of California, Hastings, J.D., cum laude
  • Chapman University, B.A., magna cum laude

 

  • Daubert v. Lindsay Unified School District (9th Cir. 2014) 760 F.3d 982. Successfully defended public agency in appeal involving ADA claim relating to school facilities






 

Independent Contractors & Consultants Can be Subject to Conflict of Interest Laws
Legal Alerts Jul 11, 2017

Independent Contractors & Consultants Can be Subject to Conflict of Interest Laws

California Supreme Court Sets New Precedent for GC Section 1090

Failure to Register Public Works Projects with DIR Could Result in Penalties
Legal Alerts Jun 28, 2017

Failure to Register Public Works Projects with DIR Could Result in Penalties

New California Law Takes Effect Immediately

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Cities, Allowing Lawsuits Against Banks for Fair Housing Act Violations
Legal Alerts May 9, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Cities, Allowing Lawsuits Against Banks for Fair Housing Act Violations

Bank of America v. City of Miami (Consolidated with Wells Fargo & Co. v. City of Miami)

California Appellate Court: Possession of Documents Requested Under Public Records Act Does Not Render Request Moot
Legal Alerts Jan 5, 2016

California Appellate Court: Possession of Documents Requested Under Public Records Act Does Not Render Request Moot

Decision in Case Arising from Wrongful Termination Claims Against a School District

BB&K Police Bulletin: Arresting Armed, Mentally Ill Suspects
Legal Alerts May 26, 2015

BB&K Police Bulletin: Arresting Armed, Mentally Ill Suspects

Officers May Have Immunity from Liability, Supreme Court Says

2014 Legislative Highlights
Authored Articles & Publications Apr 29, 2015

2014 Legislative Highlights

BB&K Attorney Michael Maurer Co-Authored a California Real Property Journal In-Depth Round-Up of the 2014 California Legislative Session

Losing Bidders Can Sue When Winners Don't Pay Prevailing Wages
Authored Articles & Publications Mar 13, 2015

Losing Bidders Can Sue When Winners Don't Pay Prevailing Wages

BB&K Attorney Michael Maurer Analyzes Recent California Appellate Case on Prevailing Wage Laws in Public Works Contracts in the Daily Journal

New Law Changes Landscape for Public Projects
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 30, 2015

New Law Changes Landscape for Public Projects

BB&K Attorney Michael Maurer Discusses in the Daily Journal Two New Laws That Will Impact Contractors and Developers in Public Works Projects

No Time Restrictions on PRA Information from Police Agencies
Legal Alerts Jan 27, 2015

No Time Restrictions on PRA Information from Police Agencies

Court of Appeal Rules No Time Limit on Records, but Burden on Agency May be Considered

Annual Compensations Must Be Posted by Local Government Agencies in California
Legal Alerts Dec 16, 2014

Annual Compensations Must Be Posted by Local Government Agencies in California

Law That Takes Effect Jan. 1 Requires Sharing Public Employee Pay Information Online

Community Redevelopment Law Conflict-of-Interest Rules Apply to Successor Agencies
Legal Alerts Nov 13, 2014

Community Redevelopment Law Conflict-of-Interest Rules Apply to Successor Agencies

California Attorney General Weighs In on Rule That Will Impact Members of Successor Agencies’ Governing Boards and Employees

Guidance Lacking for On-Street Disabled Parking
Authored Articles & Publications Oct 2, 2014

Guidance Lacking for On-Street Disabled Parking

BB&K Attorney Michael Maurer Explores Recent Ninth Circuit Ruling Regarding Cities' Responsibilities for On-Street Disabled Parking

Ninth Circuit: Cities Must Have On-Street Disabled Parking
Legal Alerts Sep 15, 2014

Ninth Circuit: Cities Must Have On-Street Disabled Parking

Cities Have an Obligation Under the ADA

Public Bleachers Constructed Prior to the ADA Don’t Need Additional Improvements if a Viable Alternative is Offered
Legal Alerts Jul 30, 2014

Public Bleachers Constructed Prior to the ADA Don’t Need Additional Improvements if a Viable Alternative is Offered

Published Case Provides Blueprint for Viable Alternative Seating