General & Special Counsel

Special districts are facing greater regulation and enforcement, making it more important than ever to understand the rules and assure strict compliance. Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys have extensive experience advising boards of directors as they navigate through high-profile, complex decisions — and the contentious public meetings and hearings that can be a part of that process.
 
Regarded as a leading law firm in advising special districts, BB&K regularly serves as general and special counsel to public entities throughout California. We apply deep regulatory knowledge and legal acumen to help clients optimize opportunities, overcome challenges and reduce their legal exposure.
 
Serving as general and special counsel to all levels of public entities, we advise municipalities, utilities, planning commissions, local agency formation commissions, transportation commissions, water agencies and a wide variety of other public entities. We offer comprehensive guidance on all matters involving special district services, day-to-day operations, governance and regulation. These include interpretation and application of the Ralph M. Brown Act (open meeting law), Public Records Act requirements, notices, agendas, rules regarding conducting meetings and other governance and procedural matters. We advise on everything from the introduction and adoption of minute orders, resolutions and ordinances through the timing and structure of public hearings and presentations to the public and election laws.
 
Our lawyers work with clients to assure their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations. We advise on district formation, prepare and review documentation, negotiate transactions, secure necessary regulatory approvals and permits and advocate for clients before regulatory agencies, administrative authorities and courts, resolving disputes and defending our client’s interests.

  • Our role as general counsel includes providing advice on the following matters:
  • Political Reform Act (Government Code § 81000 et seq.)
  • Contractual conflicts of interest  (Government Code § 1090)
  • Incompatibility of public offices

 
We are also often retained by special districts to handle individual matters that require an in-depth knowledge of legal and regulatory issues, such as employment and labor issues, environmental regulatory compliance, state and local regulations and litigation.
 
BB&K lawyers closely monitor statutory and common law changes, stay current regarding Fair Political Practices Commission decisions and keep our clients informed of changes.
 

Russell G. Behrens

Russell G. Behrens

Partner

(949) 263-6569

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | General & Special Counsel | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Water
Joseph P. Byrne

Joseph P. Byrne

Partner

(213) 617-7496

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
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
Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Partner

(949) 263-2603

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal | Public Contracts & Construction
Janet E. Coleson

Janet E. Coleson

Partner

(925) 977-3319

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Piero C. Dallarda

Piero C. Dallarda

Partner

(951) 826-8338

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Special Districts
Paula C. P. de Sousa Mills

Paula C. P. de Sousa Mills

Partner

(619) 525-1328

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Warren B. Diven

Warren B. Diven

Partner

(619) 525-1337

Areas of Focus: Fees, Taxes & Assessments | General & Special Counsel | Municipal Law | Public Finance
Jeffrey V. Dunn

Jeffrey V. Dunn

Partner

(949) 263-2616

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Water
Ruben Duran

Ruben Duran

Partner

(213) 787-2569

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Jeffry F. Ferre

Jeffry F. Ferre

Partner

(951) 826-8271

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Paeter E. Garcia

Paeter E. Garcia

Partner

(213) 787-2543

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | General & Special Counsel | Special Districts | Water
Robert Hargreaves

Robert Hargreaves

Partner

(760) 837-1604

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Renewable Energy | Water
Elizabeth W. Hull

Elizabeth W. Hull

Partner

(949) 263-2608

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public-Private Partnerships
Todd R. Leishman

Todd R. Leishman

Of Counsel

(949) 263-6576

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Public Agency Litigation
Steven G. Martin

Steven G. Martin

Associate

(619) 525-1314

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Special Districts | Water
Michael J. Maurer

Michael J. Maurer

Associate

(213) 787-2557

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
HongDao Nguyen

HongDao Nguyen

Associate

(949) 263-2614

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Victor Ponto

Victor Ponto

Associate

(909) 483-6658

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Glen W. Price

Glen W. Price

Partner

(951) 826-8314

Areas of Focus: Business | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Intellectual Property | Real Estate | Renewable Energy | Special Districts
Thomas A. Rice

Thomas A. Rice

Associate

(909) 466-4913

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Labor & Employment | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Ward H. Simmons

Ward H. Simmons

Of Counsel

(951) 826-8366

Areas of Focus: Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Ann M. Siprelle

Ann M. Siprelle

Partner

(916) 551-2834

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Scott C. Smith

Scott C. Smith

Partner

(949) 263-6561

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law
Malathy Subramanian

Malathy Subramanian

Partner

(925) 977-3303

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Transportation
Ethan J. Walsh

Ethan J. Walsh

Partner

(916) 551-2825

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction
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