Michael Jenkins

Of Counsel

Tel: (310) 220-2174

Location(s)

At a Glance

Michael was a founder and principle at Jenkins & Hogin LLP.
 
He is the city attorney for the cities of Goleta, Hermosa Beach, Rolling Hills and West Hollywood.
 
Michael’s public agency law practice includes, land use, public works construction, open meetings law, elections law and general municipal practice.

Michael Jenkins is the city attorney for the cities of Goleta, Hermosa Beach, Rolling Hills and West Hollywood. He also serves as general counsel to the Los Angeles County West Vector Control District and the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District, as well as the South Bay Cities Council of Governments and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments. Michael is also special counsel for numerous California municipalities. He previously served as city attorney for the cities of Avalon, Hidden Hills, La Habra Heights, Malibu, Solvang and Westlake Village.
 
Before joining Best Best & Krieger LLP as of counsel, Michael was a principle at Jenkins & Hogin LLP. In the course of his career, Michael has developed exceptional skills in many facets of public law, including municipal incorporation, constitutional law, land use regulation, public works construction, open meetings law, elections law and municipal litigation.
 
Prior to establishing Jenkins & Hogin, Michael was a senior shareholder at Richards, Watson & Gershon, where he served for many years on the Management Committee and as chair of its Public Law Department.
 
The Daily Journal has named Michael among California’s Top 25 Municipal Lawyers, and he was profiled in a special Municipal Law supplement edition of the paper. He has appeared on the Southern California Super Lawyers list every year since 2008.
 
Michael’s commitment to the municipal law field is evidenced by his past service as president of the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities, his leadership in co-authoring the original version of the League’s “Municipal Law Handbook” and as chair of the League’s Brown Act Committee, in which capacity he negotiated, on behalf of California cities, major changes to the State’s open meeting laws, which took effect in 1994. He has served as editor for “Open & Public V,” the League’s manual on the Brown Act. Michael also served as president of the City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County and a member of the Executive Committee of the Public Law Section of the State Bar (and editor of the Section newsletter).
 
Michael is also a devoted educator in his field. He  teaches local government law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and is a frequent lecturer on municipal law subjects. He has authored numerous articles and trainings for lawyers in the field. In addition, he advised the California Constitutional Revision Commission on behalf of the League of Cities from 1994-1996 with respect to home rule issues affecting both charter and general law cities.
 
Education

  • Duke University School of Law, J.D.
  • Haverford College, B.A.


Memberships

  • League of California Cities
  • City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County, past president
  • State Bar of California Public Law Section
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2005-2006, 2008-2018
  • California’s Top 25 Municipal Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2012
Event May 31, 2019

Open Meetings and Open Records Conference 2019

California Lawyers Association Public Law Section

State of the City Addresses Sponsorships and Open Meeting Laws
BB&K In the News May 21, 2019

State of the City Addresses Sponsorships and Open Meeting Laws

BB&K’s Michael Jenkins Interviewed About State of the City Event Best Practices by The Coast News Group

Event May 8-10, 2019

2019 City Attorneys’ Spring Conference

League of California Cities

Construction Traffic Plan MOU
BB&K In the News Mar 11, 2019

Construction Traffic Plan MOU

BB&K Attorneys Acknowledged for Contribution in the Hermosa Beach Patch

Cities’ Struggles to Meet Obligations Are Real —  BB&K Municipal Law Team Grows to Help
Press Releases Dec 19, 2018

Cities’ Struggles to Meet Obligations Are Real — BB&K Municipal Law Team Grows to Help

New and Expanded Services and More Attorneys and Staff Added in 2018

Michael Jenkins Video Bio
Videos Aug 14, 2018

Michael Jenkins Video Bio

Of Counsel

Event Jun 4, 2018

Fundamentals of Local Government

California Joint Powers Insurance Authority

CV Link Lawsuit Dismissed
Client Successes Apr 12, 2018

CV Link Lawsuit Dismissed

BB&K Attorneys Defended Against Funding Challenge

Event Apr 6, 2018

City of Dysfunction Junction: How to Conduct an Effective and Respectful Planning Commission Meeting

LCC Planning Commisioners Academy

The Recorder: SoCal’s Best Best & Krieger Scoops Up Eight-Lawyer Outfit
BB&K In the News Apr 3, 2018

The Recorder: SoCal’s Best Best & Krieger Scoops Up Eight-Lawyer Outfit

Jenkins & Hogin Merger with BB&K

Jenkins & Hogin Joins Forces with Best Best & Krieger
Press Releases Apr 2, 2018

Jenkins & Hogin Joins Forces with Best Best & Krieger

Combination Creates Municipal Law Powerhouse Committed to Public Service

Presentations