Comprehensive Code Enforcement

City budget constraints are making code enforcement particularly challenging, requiring creative strategies and cost-recovery 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. We draft ordinances with an eye toward prosecution and, whenever possible, our lawyers integrate cost-recovery efforts into enforcement efforts to ease budgeting concerns. 

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
  • Cost recovery programs 
  • 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 recover costs and assure the continued viability of enforcement programs and availability of sufficient funds to enforce laws and pursue violators.

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: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
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
Samuel L. Emerson

Samuel L. Emerson

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2824

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
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
Victoria Hester

Victoria 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

Armeen Komeili

Associate

(949) 263-2617

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Jessica K. Lomakin

Jessica K. Lomakin

Associate

(909) 483-6643

Areas of Focus: 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
Isaac Rosen

Isaac Rosen

Associate

(213) 787-2564

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Safety
Ann M. Siprelle

Ann M. Siprelle

Partner

(916) 551-2834

Areas of Focus: 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
Dana Vessey

Dana Vessey

Associate

(213) 787-2568

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Safety
Natalie R. Wright

Natalie R. Wright

Paralegal*

(949) 263-6583

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Charlene J. Wynder

Charlene J. Wynder

Prosecution Counsel

(909) 466-4911

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