Municipal Law

Under increasing pressure posed by state and federal government mandates and insufficient available funding, cities and public agencies must balance budgets, manage competing interests and serve their constituencies. Meeting all these needs requires a high level of regulatory and legal knowledge and experience, as well as public relations and political finesse. 

Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice is regarded as a leader in the field, ranked “Tier One” by U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America. Our attorneys are consistently recognized on various top attorney rankings lists, including Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. The practice, established at the firm’s inception in 1891, currently represents close to 250 cities and counties.

Our highly skilled, diverse team of lawyers offers comprehensive, cost-effective counsel to cities, housing authorities, successor agencies and joint powers authorities. We help these clients successfully maneuver through legal complexities and governmental directives, enabling them to focus on providing superior service to their communities. 

Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Service 
BB&K Municipal Law attorneys advise on all matters involving city services, operations, administration and regulation. These include:

City Attorney Services

Public Finance

Government Relations

Labor & Employment, including Employee Benefits

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Public Contracts, Public Works, Utilities & Infrastructure

Public Safety

Planning, Development & Real Estate Issues

Advocacy & Litigation
Unlike other firms, which focus on either lobby and advocacy or city services guidance, BB&K has extensive experience assisting clients in both areas. Working closely with our government relations and litigation teams, we advocate for clients before legislative and regulatory bodies, and assert and defend their interests in courts at all levels. This integrated approach enables clients to rely on just one firm to meet all of their city services and advocacy needs. 

How Can Government Relations Help You?

Environmental, water, telecommunications and transportation projects by both public agencies and businesses can benefit from our advocacy services. Let us help you be heard!

Learn more about BB&K's Government Relations services.

Election Law Resource Center

Election Law Resource Center

BB&K’s Election Law Resource Center gives California cities the Vote of Confidence they need to ensure legal compliance with all aspects of local elections. This unique service includes:

  • A digital copy of BB&K’s Election Law Toolkit
  • ​Email and telephone hotline

Areas of Focus: Charters & Internal Organizations | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Municipal Law | Wage & Hour Law | Workplace Safety
Areas of Focus: Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: Business | Labor & Employment
Areas of Focus: Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | General & Special Counsel | Special Districts | Water
Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Water Quality
Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Business Services & School Facilities | California Public Records Act | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Police & Public Safety | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Free Webinar Jul 15, 2021

Understanding and Integrating the Sixth Circuit’s Cable Order

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Free Webinar Jun 23, 2021

Now That You Have ARPA Funds – What’s Next?

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Legal Alerts Jun 18, 2021

Treasury Releases ARPA State and Local Recovery Funding Compliance and Reporting Requirements/Deadlines

Guidance Includes Four Key Principles to Know

Press Releases Jun 17, 2021

BB&K Completes Request for Review of FCC Small Cell Rules Before the Supreme Court

Communities Fighting for Local Control Over Public Right of Way

Legal Alerts Jun 17, 2021

CPUC Issues Funding Rule Change for Undergrounding Power Lines

Prohibitions and Other Requirements on Rule 20A Program

BB&K In the News Jun 11, 2021

The Journey of the Asian American Lawyer: An Interview with BB&K Attorney Nowland Hong [VIDEO]

Stories and Voices from L.A. Chinatown

Press Releases Jun 10, 2021

Paralegal Peggy Barnes Honored by International Right of Way Association

Two Professional of the Year Recognitions

Press Releases Jun 08, 2021

BB&K Attorneys Return to Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

Megan Garibaldi, Ryan Guiboa and Jennifer Misetich on 2021 List

Authored Articles & Publications Jun 04, 2021

Two-Time BB&K Summer Associate Shares His Experience in Bloomberg Law

Marco Ornelas Contributes to “Acing It as a Summer Associate” Series

Press Releases May 28, 2021

BB&K Ranked No. 12 in U.S. on Diversity Scorecard

The American Lawyer Gave Firm High Rankings for Minority Equity Partners and Hispanic Attorneys

Authored Articles & Publications May 26, 2021

Planning, Zoning and Development Legal Update

A Q&A With BB&K Of Counsel Todd Leishman and Partner Alisha Winterswyk

Legal Alerts May 25, 2021

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Guidance for NEUs

U.S. Treasury Provides Direction on Distribution to Non-Entitlement Units of Local Government

Press Releases May 20, 2021

Sonia Carvalho Named a Top Woman Lawyer 2021

Daily Journal Includes Municipal Law Partner on its Annual List

Press Releases May 18, 2021

Municipal Law Attorney Frank Splendorio Joins BB&K

Of Counsel Has Robust City Attorney and Public Agency Law Experience

BB&K In the News May 13, 2021

Public Finance Partner Mrunal Shah Discusses Climate Change Disclosures with The Bond Buyer

California Looks to Uniform Reporting Framework

Legal Alerts May 10, 2021

U.S. Treasury Releases Guidance on the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Six Ways the Funds Can be Used

Authored Articles & Publications May 07, 2021

Don’t Book That Flight Yet! California City Officials Have Voting District Deadlines

Election Law Partner Scott Smith Discusses Redistricting Requirements in Western City Magazine

Press Releases May 03, 2021

Telecommunications Law Attorney Cheryl Leanza Joins BB&K

Based in Washington, D.C., She Brings Extensive Litigation and Advocacy Experience

Event Apr 29, 2021

Emerging Issues Relevant to City Attorneys

League of California Cities 2021 City Attorneys' Conference

Press Releases Apr 26, 2021

Stephanie Smith Receives City Clerks Association of California’s Pat Hammers Spirit Award

Stephanie Now Serves as BB&K’s Director of Election Services

Authored Articles & Publications Apr 22, 2021

Earth Day: Municipal Bond Climate Change Disclosure Update

Climate Change Disclosures are Growing in Importance, Writes BB&K's Mrunal Shah in PublicCEO

Client Successes Apr 21, 2021

Citing Potential Water Waste, Court Sides with California Dam Operators

Federal Court Denies Injunction

Press Releases Apr 21, 2021

Shawn Hagerty Named a San Diego Best Attorney 2021

Annual San Diego Metro Magazine List Includes BB&K Partner

BB&K In the News Apr 20, 2021

Legal Analysis Reports Following Groundwater Pumping Decision

Daily Journal and Law360 Go In-Depth on BB&K Antelope Valley Groundwater Adjudication Success

Event Apr 19, 2021

Water, Cable Franchising and Federal Communications Updates

International Municipal Lawyers Association 2021 Mid-Year Seminar

Legal Alerts Apr 19, 2021

Beware of Coastal Act Violations: Court Upholds Coastal Commission’s Authority to Impose up to $20 Million Penalty

Property Owner’s Beach Access Case

Legal Alerts Apr 16, 2021

U.S. Treasury Releases New Guidance on the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

Agencies Should Be Aware of Pre-Award Requirements

Authored Articles & Publications Apr 13, 2021

Court Grants Attorneys' Fees Against City in Development Litigation

CEQA Appellate Court Decision Analyzed by BB&K's Amanda Daams in PublicCEO

Legal Alerts Apr 12, 2021

AB 537 Creates a “Deemed Granted” Remedy for all Wireless Applications, Including Small Cells

Assembly Local Government Committee Hearing Set for Wednesday, April 14

Event Apr 08, 2021

Public Records, Social Media, Redistricting and More

City Clerks Association of California's 2021 Annual Conference

Legal Alerts Apr 08, 2021

California Small Cell Bill to Severely Limit Local Government Control of Street Lights and Traffic Signal Poles

Oppose SB 556: Hearing Set for April 19

Press Releases Apr 01, 2021

JD Supra Recognizes BB&K Attorneys With 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards

Construction Law Top Author and a Top-Read Tax Article

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 31, 2021

Dockless Scooters, Data & Privacy

Court Holds There is No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Rental Scooter Location Information

Press Releases Mar 30, 2021

Latino Leader Worth Watching: BB&K Partner Ruben Duran

Municipal Law Attorney Recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal

Legal Alerts Mar 25, 2021

Appellate Decisions Limiting Groundwater Pumping in an Overdrafted Basin

Antelope Valley Groundwater Basin Adjudication

Legal Alerts Mar 19, 2021

Disclosing Law Enforcement Personnel Records

The Intersection Between Brady Lists, Pitchess Statutes and SB 1421

Legal Alerts Mar 18, 2021

Calif. Cities Can Still Impose Commercial Eviction Moratoriums

Executive Order Extends Authorization

Legal Alerts Mar 11, 2021

COVID-19 Relief Package Provides Substantial Aid to States, Counties and Cities

$1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Federal Relief Package – American Rescue Plan Act

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 08, 2021

Sidewalk Vending Laws: Three Lessons Learned

BB&K Attorney Albert Maldonado Shares Insights from Helping Cities with Sidewalk Vendor Laws

Free Webinar Mar 04, 2021

Regulating OTARDS: The Other Small Cells

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Client Successes Mar 01, 2021

Grocer Pandemic Pay Ordinance Upheld

BB&K Team Defends City’s Ordinance from Injunction Action in Federal Court

Free Webinar Feb 18, 2021

2021 Public Records Act Legislative Update

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Press Releases Feb 10, 2021

BB&K Announces Election Law Practice Expansion and New Client Services

A “Toolkit” and Hotline Among New Offerings

Press Releases Feb 03, 2021

BB&K Office Makes Sacramento Top 10 Law Firm

Sacramento Business Journal’s Annual Law Firm Rankings

Legal Alerts Feb 03, 2021

Court Provides Guidance in Applying “Racially Polarized Voting” Analysis to a California Voting Rights Act Challenge

Court of Appeal Decision in Yumori-Kaku et al. v. City of Santa Clara

Legal Alerts Feb 03, 2021

FCC Continues to Undercut Local Authority on OTARD

Oversight of Satellite Dishes and Certain Antennas Curtailed

Legal Alerts Feb 01, 2021

Cities are Not Liable for Lessees’ Exercise of Choice in Speakers

Ninth Circuit Affirms Limits on Private and Municipal Liability for First Amendment Violations

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 01, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions About New Social Media and Open Meeting Laws

BB&K’s HongDao Nguyen and Albert Maldonado Answer Public Officials’ Questions on AB 992 on the CSDA Blog

Press Releases Jan 28, 2021

ARC: Advanced Records Center’s Christine Wood Named a Top Minority Attorney by L.A. Business Journal

A Trusted Advisor in the Business of Public Service

Press Releases Jan 26, 2021

Six BB&K Attorneys Make Southern California Super Lawyers List

BB&K Attorneys Spanning Across Los Angeles and Irvine Receive 2021 Honor

Legal Alerts Jan 25, 2021

Redistricting in California

What Public Agencies Must Know Ahead of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Data Release

Authored Articles & Publications Jan 20, 2021

Public Record Costs

Director of PRA Services and e-Discovery Counsel Christine Wood Discusses National Lawyers Guild v. City of Hayward in Sacramento Magazine

Legal Alerts Jan 19, 2021

Elected Officials Entitled to Some, Not All, Public Agency Records

Access Depends on if Record Request is from “Elected Official” or “Member of the Public”

Legal Alerts Jan 14, 2021

Wage & Hour, Leave and Other New Laws for California Employers

Part 2: New Labor & Employment Laws for Businesses and Public Agencies in 2021

Legal Alerts Jan 13, 2021

COVID-19 Laws Impacting California Employers

Part 1: New Labor & Employment Laws for Businesses and Public Agencies in 2021

Event Jan 08, 2021

Planning, Zoning and Development Law: What's New from California's Judicial and Legislative Branches

UCLA Extension Public Policy Program's 35th Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference

Authored Articles & Publications Jan 08, 2021

Best in Law: Protecting Privacy on COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps

Glen Price Discusses Privacy Issues Around COVID-19 CA Notify App and Others

Legal Alerts Jan 07, 2021

California Public Records Act Update

New CPRA Case Law and Legislation for 2021

Legal Alerts Jan 06, 2021

Court Confirms FPPC's Authority to Punish Public Agencies That Spend Undisclosed Public Money to Influence Voters at Elections

California Trial Court Rules on Campaign-Related Public Spending

Legal Alerts Jan 06, 2021

Housing and Environmental New Laws

Part 2: New Laws Impacting California Public Agencies for 2021

Legal Alerts Jan 05, 2021

New Public Agency Laws on Safety, Finance, Contracting and More

Part 1: New Laws Impacting California Public Agencies for 2021

Press Releases Jan 04, 2021

New Partner, Leaders and Diversity Committee

BB&K Announces Changes for 2021

Authored Articles & Publications Dec 28, 2020

Partner Jack Clarke Honors Colleague John Brown

Riverside Lawyer Magazine Feature on Brown, the Krieger Meritorious Service Award Winner

Legal Alerts Dec 21, 2020

Special Taxes by Voter Initiative Only Require Majority Voter Approval

For the Second Time This Year, California Appellate Court Upholds Voting Requirement

Legal Alerts Dec 17, 2020

Taxpayer Actions Can be Used to Challenge Government Contracts Even After Contract Completion

California Court of Appeal Decision in School District Case Applies to Public Agencies

Legal Alerts Dec 16, 2020

New Surplus Land Act Requirements to Take Effect Jan. 1

California Public Agencies Impacted by AB 1486 Mandates

Legal Alerts Dec 14, 2020

New Tribal Consultation Process for Multi-Family Housing

California’s AB 168 Adds Requirements to Approval Process

Legal Alerts Dec 10, 2020

EPA Issues Guidance on Groundwater Releases in Wake of Maui v. Hawai’i Wildlife Fund

Clarity Provided for New “Functional Equivalent” Test

BB&K In the News Dec 08, 2020

BB&K Attorney and Barrett, The Honors College at ASU Alum Christina Morgan Profiled

The Business Practice Group Member Featured in Alumni Newsletter

Legal Alerts Dec 04, 2020

California Issues Regional Stay Home Order

New Restrictions for Regions Lacking ICU Availability

BB&K In the News Dec 03, 2020

BB&K Partner Ryan Baron Advising Calif. Cities on CCA Energy Path

Orange County Cities Seeking Guidance, According to News Reports

Press Releases Dec 02, 2020

BB&K Partners Named Coachella Valley Top Lawyers for 2020

Palm Springs Life Magazine Recognizes Henry Welles and Robert Hargreaves

Legal Alerts Dec 02, 2020

During a Pandemic, is a Grocery Store Run the Same as a Baptism Under the 1st Amendment?

SCOTUS Sets Aside New York Limits on Religious Gatherings

Legal Alerts Dec 01, 2020

SB 1383 Regulations on Organic Waste are Finalized

Local Government Agencies Should Begin Preparing for Jan. 1, 2022 Effective Date

Legal Alerts Nov 30, 2020

FPPC Finds Potential Conflict of Interest Based on Elected Officials’ Spouses’ Positions

The Spouses Work at Health Care Facilities that Compete with Project Under City Council Consideration

Event Nov 20, 2020

California Land Use Law & Policy Conference 2020

Argent Communications Group

BB&K Webinar Nov 18, 2020

Comments, Likes and Emojis, Oh My! An Update on Evolving Social Media Law for Public Officials and Agencies

BB&K Free Webinar

Legal Alerts Nov 17, 2020

Cell Site Landlords: Expect Increase in Requests to Install Generators

Don’t Surrender Your Property Rights

Legal Alerts Nov 16, 2020

CPRA Requesters Could Pay Agency Costs to Store Emails

Requesters Must Post an Undertaking if Public Agency Will Suffer Certain Damages During Injunction Proceedings

Legal Alerts Nov 10, 2020

California Clears the Path for Rentals in Residential Common Interest Developments

However, AB 3182 Creates Ambiguity for Rental Restrictions in CIDs

BB&K Event Nov 09, 2020

AEP 2020 Virtual Conference

Association of Environmental Professionals

BB&K Webinar Nov 05, 2020

Be Aware of Hot Telecommunications Issues in 2020-2021

BB&K Free Webinar

Press Releases Nov 05, 2020

BB&K’s 2021 Best Law Firms Rankings Include New Tier 1 Recognitions

Annual U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers List

Press Releases Nov 04, 2020

Labor & Employment Partner Alison Alpert Named a Woman of Influence

SD Metro Magazine Recognizes San Diego Women for their Professional Achievements

BB&K Event Oct 29, 2020

MMASC Annual Virtual Conference

Municipal Management Association of Southern California

Legal Alerts Oct 27, 2020

Calif. Housing Laws Amended by 2020 Bills

Limited Local Control, Affordable Housing Incentives and More

Legal Alerts Oct 27, 2020

Mobile Billboard Ordinance that Exempts Certain Vehicles is a Content-Based Regulation

Such Regulations are Subject to Strict Scrutiny, Ninth Circuit Rules

Authored Articles & Publications Oct 20, 2020

Public Officials' New Social Media Open Meeting Law

California's AB 992 Analyzed in PublicCEO by BB&K's HongDao Nguyen and Albert Maldonado

Free Webinar Oct 15, 2020

AB 1234 Ethics Training (Oct. 15, 2020)

BB&K Workshop via Webinar

BB&K Webinar Oct 08, 2020

Demonstrations and the Changing Face of Public Speech in the United States: A View from the End of Apartheid in South Africa

BB&K Free Webinar

Event Oct 07, 2020

LCC 2020 Annual Conference & Expo

League of California Cities

Press Releases Oct 01, 2020

BB&K Attorney Nowland Hong a 2020 Person of the Year

Metropolitan-News Enterprise Honors Litigator for Work on New Book “Lawyers of Los Angeles”

BB&K Webinar Sep 30, 2020

Disclosure Obligations of Issuers in Public Offerings

BB&K Free Webinar

Legal Alerts Sep 30, 2020

DOL Clarified the Federal Family First Coronavirus Response Act

New Rules and a Court Decision Followed the FFCRA’s Passage

Legal Alerts Sep 29, 2020

SB 1383 Expands Calif. Family Rights Act

New Law Takes Effect Jan. 1

Press Releases Sep 28, 2020

Partner John E. Brown Receives James H. Krieger Meritorious Service Award

Riverside County Bar Association Honors Long-Term Community Service

Legal Alerts Sep 24, 2020

Western Joshua Trees Receive Temporary Protection Under the California Endangered Species Act

Designation Impacts Local Ordinances and Developments Involving the Tree

Press Releases Sep 23, 2020

BB&K Partner Nancy Park is a Woman Worth Watching

Profiles in Diversity Journal Named the Business Practice Leader to its Annual List

Legal Alerts Sep 23, 2020

Two Courts Offer Election Guidance: Slow-Walking Ballots is Unconstitutional

Mail-In and Absentee Ballots Debated in COVID-19 Pandemic and Election Day Overlap

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