Government Policy & Public Integrity

Facing intense public scrutiny, media attention and regulatory oversight, government entities, public officials and those doing business with the government must do more than simply comply with public integrity standards, applicable laws and regulations. They must command public respect and build trust by promoting integrity, transparency and fairness in all of their dealings. 

Unrivaled Experience
With decades of experience advising on government relations and ethical considerations, Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Government Policy and Public Integrity group provides government policy guidance and compliance counsel to public entities, officials and agency managers, as well as charities, nonprofits and private businesses, including those in regulated industries.

The team includes former prosecutors, government attorneys and regulatory officials who not only possess an insider’s perspective of regulatory and legal nuances, but have also earned the respect of government decision makers, enabling us to offer unrivaled representation and advice. 

Comprehensive Service 
As all levels of government adopt, reexamine and strengthen ethical and accountability standards, aggressively pursuing and prosecuting violators, our attorneys offer timely, comprehensive and strategic advice, training and solutions, helping instill public confidence in our clients’ decision-making processes and assuring legal and regulatory compliance. Our services include: 

  • Establishing best practices and providing customized training programs for managers, staff and elected officials on their compliance efforts
  • Developing ethics codes and sustainable ethics and compliance processes 
  • Reviewing current policies, practices and procedures
  • Advising on anti-fraud programs and controls 
  • Detecting noncompliance, investigating alleged misconduct, assessing and managing ethical issues and compliance concerns 
  • Assuring ethical business conduct and compliance with public integrity statutes, including the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act, the Public Records Act and Government Code 1090, and federal, state and local election laws 
  • Representing clients before courts, government agencies and regulatory bodies, including the Fair Political Practices Commission, as well as asserting and defending their interests in government investigations, administrative hearings and litigation 
  • Handling internal reviews, compliance audits and providing crisis management
  • Reporting on significant statutory and regulatory developments
  • Advising on government relations issues, gifts to public officials, lobbying and candidate support and finance, as well as conflicts of interest matters
  • Monitoring corporate compliance with the terms of government settlements
Sigrid K. Asmundson

Sigrid K. Asmundson

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2853

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
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
Elizabeth R. Balloue

Elizabeth R. Balloue

Paralegal*

(925) 977-3307

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
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
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
Scott H. Campbell

Scott H. Campbell

Partner

(213) 617-7489

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Health Care | Labor & Employment | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
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
Amanda Charne

Amanda Charne

Associate

(925) 977-3324

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
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
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
Stephen P. Deitsch

Stephen P. Deitsch

Partner

(909) 483-6642

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Christopher J. Diaz

Christopher J. Diaz

Of Counsel

(925) 977-3309

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal | Special Districts
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
Robert Hargreaves

Robert Hargreaves

Partner

(760) 837-1604

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Renewable Energy | Water
Victoria Hester

Victoria Hester

Associate

(619) 525-1365

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Kimberly E. Hood

Kimberly E. Hood

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2087

Areas of Focus: Eminent Domain | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Labor & Employment | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
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
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 | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | 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
Marco A. Martinez, AICP

Marco A. Martinez, AICP

Partner

(949) 263-6582

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Public-Private Partnerships
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
Kylee O. Otto

Kylee O. Otto

Of Counsel

(949) 263-2606

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Victor Ponto

Victor Ponto

Associate

(909) 483-6658

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
William J. Priest

William J. Priest

Of Counsel

(909) 483-6648

Areas of Focus: Elections | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction
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
Matthew Richardson

Matthew Richardson

Partner

(949) 263-6562

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Michael T. Riddell

Michael T. Riddell

Partner

(951) 826-8210

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Gary W. Schons

Gary W. Schons

Of Counsel

(619) 525-1348

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Safety | Special Districts
A. Haviva Shane

A. Haviva Shane

Of Counsel

(951) 826-8289

Areas of Focus: Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts | Transportation | 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
Lynn M. Sleeper

Lynn M. Sleeper

Paralegal*

(916) 551-2820

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Real Estate
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
Krysten Steele

Krysten Steele

Paralegal*

(909) 483-6653

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Nancy G. Stubbs

Nancy G. Stubbs

Paralegal*

(909) 483-6649

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
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
Cristina Talley

Cristina Talley

Of Counsel

(949) 263-6588

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Labor & Employment | Municipal Law | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Public Agency Litigation | Public Safety
Marc Tran

Marc Tran

Associate

(909) 466-4912

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | 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
Kara K. Ueda

Kara K. Ueda

Partner

(916) 551-2822

Areas of Focus: Elections | Environmental Litigation | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Dianna Marie Valdez

Dianna Marie Valdez

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8252

Areas of Focus: Education | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
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
Katherine L. Wisinski

Katherine L. Wisinski

Of Counsel

(925) 977-3320

Areas of Focus: Environmental Litigation | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Deborah A. Wordham

Deborah A. Wordham

Of Counsel

(213) 787-2542

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Water
Natalie R. Wright

Natalie R. Wright

Paralegal*

(949) 263-6583

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Iris P. Yang

Iris P. Yang

Partner

(916) 551-2826

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Event Feb 28, 2017

Public Records Laws, Requests and Responses - What You Need to Know

Institute for Paralegal Education Webinar

Event Feb 23, 2017

Difficult Ethical Issues

City Attorneys’ Association of LA County

Event Feb 22, 2017

Who Does What? Best Practices in Board/Staff Relations

California Special Districts Association Webinar

Understanding the Basics of Public Service Ethics Laws
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 6, 2017

Understanding the Basics of Public Service Ethics Laws

BB&K Attorneys Contributed to Update of ILG’s Flagship Ethics Resource

Legal Invoices to Public Agencies in California May Be Exempt from Disclosure
Legal Alerts Dec 29, 2016

Legal Invoices to Public Agencies in California May Be Exempt from Disclosure

The California Supreme Court Tackles Public Records vs. Attorney-Client Privilege

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

Authored Articles & Publications Dec 22, 2016

Professionalism Manual

California District Attorneys Association

Event Dec 15, 2016

Promoting Personal and Organizational Ethics

California Association of Clerks & Election Officials

Are Private E-mails & Text Messages “Public Records?”
Legal Alerts Dec 9, 2016

Are Private E-mails & Text Messages “Public Records?”

Decision Expected Soon from California Supreme Court

Deborah Wordham Video Bio
Videos Nov 30, 2016

Deborah Wordham Video Bio

Of Counsel

Elizabeth Hull Video Bio
Videos Nov 30, 2016

Elizabeth Hull Video Bio

Partner

Joseph Byrne Video Bio
Videos Nov 22, 2016

Joseph Byrne Video Bio

Partner

Jeff Ballinger Video Bio
Videos Nov 22, 2016

Jeff Ballinger Video Bio

Partner

William J. Priest Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

William J. Priest Video Bio

Of Counsel

John Brown Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

John Brown Video Bio

Partner

Request to Hear Police Video Case Denied by California Supreme Court
Legal Alerts Nov 2, 2016

Request to Hear Police Video Case Denied by California Supreme Court

Ruling that Police Arrest Videos Are Not Confidential Personnel Records Will Stand

Appellate Court “SLAPP”s Residents in Culver City Upset Over Parking Restriction Changes
Legal Alerts Aug 11, 2016

Appellate Court “SLAPP”s Residents in Culver City Upset Over Parking Restriction Changes

City Did Not Violate Brown Act

California Appellate Court: Possession of Documents Requested Under Public Records Act Does Not Render Request Moot
Legal Alerts Jan 5, 2016

California Appellate Court: Possession of Documents Requested Under Public Records Act Does Not Render Request Moot

Decision in Case Arising from Wrongful Termination Claims Against a School District

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies
Legal Alerts Dec 18, 2015

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies

This comprehensive round-up includes new legislation that will impact cities, counties, special districts and schools.

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

Event Oct 9, 2015

Veterans Leadership Academy and Elected Officials Training Academy 2.0

California Latino Leadership Institute

BB&K Event Oct 6, 2015

What Every Business Should Know About California Public Integrity Law in Dealing with Government Entities

10- 11 a.m. PT | Webinar

Event Oct 1, 2015

Successfully Navigating Through the Statement of Economic Interest

League of California Cities

Attorney-Privileged Documents Mistakenly Released Under PRA Still Exempt
Legal Alerts Aug 5, 2015

Attorney-Privileged Documents Mistakenly Released Under PRA Still Exempt

California Appellate Court Rules in Case Likely to be Decided by State Supreme Court

Inconsistencies Between Practices, Brown Act Guidelines Highlighted During LBCCD Training
BB&K In the News Jun 24, 2015

Inconsistencies Between Practices, Brown Act Guidelines Highlighted During LBCCD Training

BB&K Partner Ruben Duran Gives Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees Refresher Course on Open Meeting Laws, as Reported by the Long Beach Post

Event Jun 19, 2015

2015 California Public Records & Open Meetings Conference

The State Bar of California Public Law Section

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 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

Attorney Billing Invoices Privileged From Disclosure Under PRA
Legal Alerts Apr 15, 2015

Attorney Billing Invoices Privileged From Disclosure Under PRA

California Court of Appeal Rules Attorney-Client Privilege Exemption Covers Billing Invoices

California Legislators Seek to Mandate More Transparency and Accountability in Government
Authored Articles & Publications Apr 15, 2015

California Legislators Seek to Mandate More Transparency and Accountability in Government

BB&K Attorney Deb Kollars Writes in PublicCEO About Three Pending Pieces of Legislation That Aim to Strengthen the Government Code and Political Reform Act

Event Apr 9, 2015

Webinar: Best Practices in Agenda Preparation and Minutes

California Special Districts Association

Ninth Circuit Draws Clear Distinction Between California’s Meeting Disruption Statutes
Legal Alerts Mar 23, 2015

Ninth Circuit Draws Clear Distinction Between California’s Meeting Disruption Statutes

Skid Row Demonstration Disrupts a Neighborhood “Walk,” But Police Make an Arrest for the Wrong Violation

California Supreme Court to Hear PRA Case on Inadvertent or Accidental Disclosure of Privileged Records
Legal Alerts Mar 16, 2015

California Supreme Court to Hear PRA Case on Inadvertent or Accidental Disclosure of Privileged Records

Case Involves Attorney-Client Privileged Documents Released During Litigation

Rowland Water District Renews Commitment to Highest Ethical Standards
BB&K In the News Mar 13, 2015

Rowland Water District Renews Commitment to Highest Ethical Standards

BB&K Attorney Joseph Byrne Lead Client in Annual Ethics Training

BB&K Event Feb 25, 2015

An Administrative Guide to Public Law: Applying California Law to Daily Procedure

Statements of Economic Interests, Conflict of Interests Codes, Public Meeting Agendas and Public Records Act requests

Local Agencies Face Suits Alleging Brown Act Violations for Failing to Release Closed Session Vote Details
Legal Alerts Feb 2, 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

No Time Restrictions on PRA Information from Police Agencies
Legal Alerts Jan 27, 2015

No Time Restrictions on PRA Information from Police Agencies

Court of Appeal Rules No Time Limit on Records, but Burden on Agency May be Considered

Accidental Disclosure Waives Privilege Under Public Records Act
Legal Alerts Dec 12, 2014

Accidental Disclosure Waives Privilege Under Public Records Act

Court of Appeal Says Privilege Removed Under PRA By Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Documents

Event Dec 11, 2014

Newly Elected Policy Briefing

Association of California Cities Orange County

It Is Now a Crime to Help a Public Official Make a Contract that Holds Personal Financial Interest
Legal Alerts Nov 20, 2014

It Is Now a Crime to Help a Public Official Make a Contract that Holds Personal Financial Interest

California Legislature Expands Government Code Section 1090 Liability to Those Who Aid and Abet

California Attorney General Offers Guidance on Scope of Government Code Section 1090
Legal Alerts Oct 28, 2014

California Attorney General Offers Guidance on Scope of Government Code Section 1090

Pair of Recent Opinions Clarifies Conflict-of-Interest Statute

Use of School Grounds for Campaign and Election Activities
Legal Alerts Oct 27, 2014

Use of School Grounds for Campaign and Election Activities

The Education Code and the Courts Have Established Rules and Regulations for Campuses

FPPC Goes on Offense to Identify and Fine Gift Reporting Failures
Legal Alerts Oct 20, 2014

FPPC Goes on Offense to Identify and Fine Gift Reporting Failures

"Pro-Active" Approach Already Resulted in Fines for Public Officials

Getting “Schooled” by the FPPC
Legal Alerts Sep 23, 2014

Getting “Schooled” by the FPPC

AB 1234 Ethics Training Can Safeguard School Officials from FPPC Reporting Violations

Event Aug 20, 2014

Ethics Training for State and Local Officials

California Association of Sanitation Agencies

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