Victoria "Tori" Hester

Associate

victoria.hester@bbklaw.com

Tel: (619) 525-1365

Location(s)

At a Glance

Tori focuses on municipal and public entity representation, and civil and code enforcement litigation.
 
She serves on the San Diego County Bar Foundation Board of Directors.
 
Tori serves as deputy city attorney for the City of Santee.

Victoria "Tori" D. Hester focuses on municipal and public entity representation, and civil and code enforcement litigation. She is a member of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group out of the firm’s San Diego office. Tori serves as assistant city attorney for the City of Santee, and handles the City Council agenda review and contract review. Tori also represents the City in code enforcement actions.
 
Tori was a summer law clerk for Jones & Mayer, where she worked on municipal law matters including code enforcement, wrongful death litigation and administrative hearing appeals. As summer associate at BB&K, Tori conducted research and wrote memorandums concerning municipal law, education law and natural resources law.
 
Tori graduated summa cum laude from Point Loma Nazarene University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in Spanish. Tori received her law degree from University of California, Irvine School of Law, where she was lead article editor on the UC Irvine Law Review, and participated in the UC Irvine Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. As a clinical student, Tori co-authored a report on juvenile deportation titled “Second Chances for All”. Throughout her law school career, Tori engaged in pro bono work, including assisting on a guardianship case and conducting preliminary screenings for the California Innocence Project.
 
Tori grew up in San Diego, where she now lives with her husband, Jeff, a marine scientist. As a member of the Point Loma Nazarene University Track & Field Team, Tori earned eight All-American titles. She enjoys running, playing volleyball, scuba diving and traveling. Tori is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

Education

  • University of California, Irvine School of Law, J.D.
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, B.A., history, summa cum laude


Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2018
  • La Mancha Pro Bono Publico Award, Casa Cornelia Law Center, 2017

 

Speech is Speech and It’s Protected
Authored Articles & Publications Nov 30, 2018

Speech is Speech and It’s Protected

Tori Hester Analyzes Ninth Circuit First Amendment Ruling for Public Agencies in PublicCEO

Public Bus Ad Gets a Free Ride
Legal Alerts Oct 10, 2018

Public Bus Ad Gets a Free Ride

County Cannot Prohibit Ad Content Solely Because it’s Disparaging or Potentially Disruptive, Ninth Circuit Holds

City Can’t Restrain Employee’s Critical Comments
Legal Alerts Sep 17, 2018

City Can’t Restrain Employee’s Critical Comments

Ninth Circuit Holds It Is OK to Speak on Matters of Public Concern as a Private Citizen

District Attorneys Can Deputize City Attorneys to Prosecute Misdemeanors
Legal Alerts Apr 16, 2018

District Attorneys Can Deputize City Attorneys to Prosecute Misdemeanors

Appeals Court Decision Good for California Cities and Counties

City’s On-site and Off-site Business Signs Distinction Upheld
Legal Alerts Aug 23, 2017

City’s On-site and Off-site Business Signs Distinction Upheld

Ninth Circuit Says Code is Proper Regulation of Commercial Speech

30-Day Vehicle Impoundment is a Seizure Requiring Fourth Amendment Compliance
Legal Alerts Jun 29, 2017

30-Day Vehicle Impoundment is a Seizure Requiring Fourth Amendment Compliance

Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Class Action Against LAPD

New Filing Deadline for JPAs Approaches
Legal Alerts Jun 14, 2017

New Filing Deadline for JPAs Approaches

JPAs Providing Municipal Services Must File with LAFCOs by July 1

Civil Discovery Act Applies to Public Records Act Proceedings, California Appellate Court Concludes
Legal Alerts Mar 09, 2017

Civil Discovery Act Applies to Public Records Act Proceedings, California Appellate Court Concludes

May Impose Increased Burdens on Public Agencies

SB 1266’s New Filing Requirements Apply Only to JPAs Providing Municipal Services
Legal Alerts Oct 13, 2016

SB 1266’s New Filing Requirements Apply Only to JPAs Providing Municipal Services

Failure to File may Preclude JPAs from Issuing Bonds or Incurring Indebtedness

Regulation of Antennas In Rights of Way Based on Aesthetic Concerns Upheld
Legal Alerts Sep 28, 2016

Regulation of Antennas In Rights of Way Based on Aesthetic Concerns Upheld

Court Allows City’s Ordinance

Ninth Circuit Upholds Cities’ Regulation of Mobile Billboards
Legal Alerts Jul 13, 2016

Ninth Circuit Upholds Cities’ Regulation of Mobile Billboards

Ordinances Declared Content-Neutral

Limitations of Labor Negotiations Exception to Brown Act
Legal Alerts Nov 12, 2015

Limitations of Labor Negotiations Exception to Brown Act

Does Not Include Negotiation of a Project Labor Agreement When the Workers are Not Employees

Texas Specialty License Plates Ruled to be Government Speech by U.S. Supreme Court
Legal Alerts Jun 30, 2015

Texas Specialty License Plates Ruled to be Government Speech by U.S. Supreme Court

No First Amendment Violation

How to Avoid Brown Act Violations When Discussing Litigation Issues
Authored Articles & Publications May 28, 2015

How to Avoid Brown Act Violations When Discussing Litigation Issues

BB&K Attorney Tori Hester Writes in PublicCEO About How Discussion of Sensitive Topics by Public Agencies Can Lead to Challenges

Authored Articles & Publications May 06, 2015

Pasadena Community College Ex-President’s $400,000 Severance Package Nullified Due to Brown Act Violations

By Victoria Hester

Authored Articles & Publications Apr 23, 2015

Closed Session Final Decision and Vote Details Must Be Publicly Reporter at the Same Public Meeting

BB&K Attorneys Gary Schons and Tori Hester Explore Open Meeting Laws in California Special District Magazine

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 19, 2015

Two California School Districts Do the Right Thing and Avoid Brown Act Violations by Rescheduling Meetings

By Victoria Hester

Local Agencies Face Suits Alleging Brown Act Violations for Failing to Release Closed Session Vote Details
Legal Alerts Feb 02, 2015

Local Agencies Face Suits Alleging Brown Act Violations for Failing to Release Closed Session Vote Details

Closed Session Decision and Vote Details Must be Publicly Reported Within 24 Hours

School District Case Clarifies PRA Copying Charges
Legal Alerts Dec 29, 2014

School District Case Clarifies PRA Copying Charges

A Government Agency Must Allow the Public to Inspect Records at No Cost, Judge Rules

  • “How to Avoid Brown Act Violations When Discussing Litigation Issues,” PublicCEO, May 28, 2015

 

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