Comprehensive Code Enforcement

City budget constraints are making code enforcement particularly challenging, requiring creative strategies and solutions. 

Best Best & Krieger LLP is a leader in advising municipalities throughout California, offering the necessary guidance to address all the issues they face. Working closely with city enforcement teams, our Comprehensive Code Enforcement attorneys help clients utilize all of the tools available to meet their code enforcement needs. We assist in identifying and selecting effective yet cost-efficient options to achieve compliance, enhance public health and safety, rehabilitate properties, and maintain safer, cleaner neighborhoods. 

Unrivaled Experience 
As a full-service law firm, we offer unrivaled experience in addressing all of our clients’ needs. Our team provides pre-litigation general counsel advice, serves as city prosecutor in misdemeanor prosecutions, obtains civil remedies, such as injunctions and receiver appointments, and represents clients in administrative hearings and in courts at all levels.  

Comprehensive Service
BB&K lawyers assist municipalities and public agencies with all aspects of code compliance and enforcement, including:

  • Administrative citations, fines and proceedings 
  • Civil litigation, writ proceedings, criminal prosecutions and appeals
  • Drafting, interpretation and enforcement of ordinances, policies and regulations 
  • Graffiti abatement 
  • Medical marijuana-related issues
  • Massage parlor abatements
  • Nuisance abatement liens and assessments
  • Permitting and inspection warrant issues
  • Receiverships


As a leader in the abatement of substandard housing under the California housing law and in the creative use of civil code enforcement remedies, BB&K not only helps clients with compliance efforts, we help them assure the continued viability of enforcement programs to enforce laws and pursue violators.

Jane F. Abzug

Jane F. Abzug

Associate

(310) 220-2170

Areas of Focus: Charters & Internal Organizations | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Jeffrey S. Ballinger

Jeffrey S. Ballinger

Partner

(619) 525-1343

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Safety | Special Districts
John E. Brown

John E. Brown

Partner

(909) 483-6640

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Education Law | Eminent Domain | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Carlos L. Campos

Carlos L. Campos

Partner

(760) 837-1602

Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Samantha Chen

Samantha Chen

Associate

(925) 977-3315

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Mark A. Easter

Mark A. Easter

Partner

(951) 826-8237

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Real Estate | Special Districts
James B. Gilpin

James B. Gilpin

Partner

(619) 525-1341

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Denise M. Grimes

Denise M. Grimes

Prosecution Counsel

(949) 263-2607

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Public Safety
Victoria

Victoria "Tori" Hester

Associate

(619) 525-1365

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Christina A. Hickey

Christina A. Hickey

Of Counsel

(925) 977-3310

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Trusts & Estates
Jessica K. Lomakin

Jessica K. Lomakin

Associate

(909) 483-6643

Areas of Focus: Business | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Christy Marie Lopez

Christy Marie Lopez

Of Counsel

(949) 263-2602

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Telecommunications
John M. Natalizio

John M. Natalizio

Associate

(213) 542-3862

Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Public Agency Litigation
Daniel Richards

Daniel Richards

Associate

(949) 263-2619

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Isaac Rosen

Isaac Rosen

Associate

(213) 787-2564

Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Safety
Brandon A. Sanchez

Brandon A. Sanchez

Prosecution Counsel

(213) 542-3863

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Public Safety
Kathy Shin

Kathy Shin

Associate

(213) 542-3866

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law
Ann Siprelle

Ann Siprelle

Partner

(916) 551-2834

Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Jill Tremblay

Jill Tremblay

Associate

(760) 200-3060

Areas of Focus: Business | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Trusts & Estates
Natalie R. Wright

Natalie R. Wright

Paralegal*

(949) 263-6583

Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
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BB&K Attorney Todd Leishman Testifies Before Congress on Sober Living Home Regulations

Expresses Need for Local Regulation of Recovery Businesses

Code Enforcement Changes in California
Legal Alerts Sep 12, 2018

Code Enforcement Changes in California

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Coming to Your Town Soon: Cannabis (Maybe)
Legal Alerts Aug 14, 2018

Coming to Your Town Soon: Cannabis (Maybe)

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Event Jun 26, 2018

Marijuana Policy Updates

IMLA Webinar

Event Jun 20, 2018

Short-Term Rental Task Force Meeting

South Bay Cities Council of Governments

Isabel Safie and Jill Tremblay Return to 2018 So. Cal. Super Lawyers Rising Stars List
Press Releases Jun 7, 2018

Isabel Safie and Jill Tremblay Return to 2018 So. Cal. Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

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Victoria Hester Earns Spot on Top 40 Under 40 List
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Victoria Hester Earns Spot on Top 40 Under 40 List

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Event May 8, 2018

Impact of Cannabis Business to State and Local Governments

Impact of Cannabis Business to State and Local Governments

Jenkins & Hogin Joins Forces with Best Best & Krieger
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Jenkins & Hogin Joins Forces with Best Best & Krieger

Combination Creates Municipal Law Powerhouse Committed to Public Service

Event Mar 8, 2018

Sober Living Facilities

IMLA Webinar

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New Laws Part II: 2018 Ushers in Changes to Land-Use, Development Laws

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BB&K Webinar Feb 13, 2018

Free Municipal Law Webinar Series from BB&K

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Legal Alerts Jan 11, 2018

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part III

Cannabis, LAFCO Law and a Round Up of Other New Laws Impacting Public Agencies

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Legal Alerts Jan 11, 2018

New Fed Cannabis Policy Hits California Local Government

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2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part II
Legal Alerts Jan 10, 2018

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part II

Housing and Land Use, Environment, Public Property/Public Works and Economic Development

Event Oct 19-22, 2017

26th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite

State Bar of California Environmental Law Section

Event Oct 13, 2017

Cannabis Law Forum

2017 CMRTA Annual Conference

[WEBINAR] So You Want to Regulate Marijuana in Your Community
Videos Oct 5, 2017

[WEBINAR] So You Want to Regulate Marijuana in Your Community

BB&K Municipal Law Webinar Series

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Authored Articles & Publications Sep 28, 2017

Town vs. Gown

How Land Use and Environmental Laws Mediate Disputes Between Universities, Colleges and Communities

CEQA Compliance for Commercial Cannabis Business Licensing under MAUCRSA
Legal Alerts Sep 27, 2017

CEQA Compliance for Commercial Cannabis Business Licensing under MAUCRSA

Proposal Open to Comments

The Smoke Clears? AB 133 Passes
Legal Alerts Sep 20, 2017

The Smoke Clears? AB 133 Passes

Bill Makes Numerous Changes to California Cannabis Laws — Effective Immediately

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

Fire Protection Districts' Authority to Enforce State Fire Marshal Standards and Regulations Reiterated in California AG Opinion
Legal Alerts Aug 18, 2017

Fire Protection Districts' Authority to Enforce State Fire Marshal Standards and Regulations Reiterated in California AG Opinion

Local Agencies’ Broad Authority Emphasized

Why Some California Counties Are Saying No to Commercial Cannabis
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Why Some California Counties Are Saying No to Commercial Cannabis

Cities Have Options Under the Law, Partner Jeffrey Dunn Told The Recorder

Ninth Circuit Panel Rejects Challenges to a California City’s Misleading Commercial Speech Ordinance
Legal Alerts Jul 10, 2017

Ninth Circuit Panel Rejects Challenges to a California City’s Misleading Commercial Speech Ordinance

Local Governments’ Authority to Regulate for False Advertising Affirmed

New California Law Simplifies and Harmonizes Medical and Recreational Cannabis Regulations
Legal Alerts Jun 27, 2017

New California Law Simplifies and Harmonizes Medical and Recreational Cannabis Regulations

Bill Collapses Two into One Regulatory Scheme

CEQA Review of Cannabis Regulations
Legal Alerts Jun 21, 2017

CEQA Review of Cannabis Regulations

Comment Period Opens on Draft Program Environmental Impact Report of MCRSA and AUMA

Event May 4, 2017

Medical & Recreational Marijuana in California

County Counsels’ Association of California

Event May 3-5, 2017

City Attorneys' Spring Conference

League of California Cities

BB&K Event Apr 27, 2017

Short-Term Rentals: Burdens and Opportunities

BB&K Free Webinar

[WEBINAR] Short-Term Rentals: Burdens and Opportunities
Videos Apr 27, 2017

[WEBINAR] Short-Term Rentals: Burdens and Opportunities

BB&K Webinar on Short-Term Vacation Rentals Like Airbnb, VRBO, and Flipkey

Event Apr 5, 2017

Cannabis Economics and Regulations

2nd Annual Regional Mayor's Summit

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Injunctions, Receiverships and Other Remedies
Videos Feb 2, 2017

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Injunctions, Receiverships and Other Remedies

Third in a Three-Part BB&K Webinar Series

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Criminal Prosecution
Videos Jan 26, 2017

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Criminal Prosecution

Second in a Three-Part BB&K Webinar Series

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Administrative Remedies
Videos Jan 19, 2017

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Administrative Remedies

First in a Three-Part BB&K Webinar Series

BB&K Event Jan 19 - Feb 2, 2017

From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire-Traps: How to Deal with Dangerous Dwellings in Your City

Free Three-Part Webinar Series: Jan. 19., Jan. 26 and Feb. 2

[WEBINAR] Prop. 64: Taxing Marijuana Businesses
Videos Jan 12, 2017

[WEBINAR] Prop. 64: Taxing Marijuana Businesses

Third Webinar Jan. 12: Taxing Marijuana Businesses - Local Gov’t Authority, Limits and Possible Implications

Looking Forward: New California Laws for Public Agencies
Legal Alerts Dec 22, 2016

Looking Forward: New California Laws for Public Agencies

Laws Passed in 2016 That Will Impact Public Agency Work

Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Taxes May be Limited by Ruling
Legal Alerts Dec 14, 2016

Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Taxes May be Limited by Ruling

Online Booking Rates Addressed by California Supreme Court

[WEBINAR] Prop 64: The Basics
Videos Dec 1, 2016

[WEBINAR] Prop 64: The Basics

Cultivating New Regulations and Confronting New Challenges Presented By Marijuana Legalization

BB&K Event Nov 30, 2016

Free BB&K Webinar Series: Prop. 64 - Legalized Marijuana: Challenges and Choices

First in Series on Prop. 64: The Basics - Cultivating New Regulations and Confronting New Challenges Presented by Marijuana Legalization

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Videos Nov 22, 2016

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Videos Nov 18, 2016

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Marijuana Legalization Creates New Challenges and Choices for Local Governments in California
Legal Alerts Nov 17, 2016

Marijuana Legalization Creates New Challenges and Choices for Local Governments in California

Regulators Should Act to Ensure Communities are Prepared for Recreational Uses

Billboard Regulations: Cities and Counties
Legal Alerts Nov 8, 2016

Billboard Regulations: Cities and Counties

No State Preemption of Local Billboard Regulations, California Appellate Court Finds

Cities Mull Means to Smoke Out Tax Revenue from Recreational Weed
BB&K In the News Sep 12, 2016

Cities Mull Means to Smoke Out Tax Revenue from Recreational Weed

BB&K Partner Jeffrey Dunn Speaks with L.A. Business Journal on Prop. 64

Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban on Mobile Ads in Los Angeles, Other California Cities
BB&K In the News Aug 24, 2016

Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban on Mobile Ads in Los Angeles, Other California Cities

BB&K Attorney Victoria Hester Discusses Ruling with Legal Newsline

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

BB&K Attorney Todd Leishman Honored by IMLA for Amicus Brief in Billboard Ban Case
Press Releases Apr 26, 2016

BB&K Attorney Todd Leishman Honored by IMLA for Amicus Brief in Billboard Ban Case

California Appellate Court Sided with City in Victory for Local Governments

City Ordinance Banning New Outdoor Billboards, but Authorizing Relocated Ones, Upheld by California Court
Legal Alerts Feb 1, 2016

City Ordinance Banning New Outdoor Billboards, but Authorizing Relocated Ones, Upheld by California Court

Authorizing Relocated Ones Upheld by Court; Constitutional Challenges Rejected; Injunction Order to Remove Billboard Affirmed

Arizona Town’s Content-Based Sign Rules Struck Down by U.S. Supreme Court
Legal Alerts Jul 2, 2015

Arizona Town’s Content-Based Sign Rules Struck Down by U.S. Supreme Court

Local Agencies Urged to Review Sign Codes in Favor of Content-Neutral Rules

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

Legal Alerts Sep 29, 2014

New Law Expands Local Control Over Massage Industry

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