Public Agency Litigation

Litigation involving municipalities and public agencies presents unique challenges. Cities and agencies not only want to win the case, but they must serve the public interest, communicate with their constituents and work with the media, legislators, community groups and other public agencies.
 
With its long history and extensive experience in all aspects of municipal and special districts law and litigation, Best Best & Krieger LLP’s attorneys understand the many dimensions of litigation. We approach a lawsuit mindful of all of these perspectives. Accordingly, BB&K has in-house litigators to fight the lawsuit, former members of the media to help communicate the public agencies’ messages and goals and legislative advocates in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., to meet with legislators and agency officials.
 
Proactive Guidance
Prevention is less expensive and usually more effective in achieving a city’s or public agency’s goals. Therefore, our attorneys take a proactive approach, identifying potential areas of liability, advising on contract terms, reviewing policies and practices, and offering strategies to anticipate litigation. Because we are the city attorney to more than 35 cities and general counsel for more than 100 public agencies, our public law attorneys all have experience working with clients to avoid lawsuits and to minimize adverse consequences if prevention does not stop the lawsuit.
 
Extensive Experience
Consistent with our size and experience representing public agencies, our team of attorneys litigate a broad range of matters, including:


We have represented clients in all California state courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, and federal courts, including the United State Supreme Court. We also regularly appear for clients before regulatory bodies and testify before legislatures to assist our litigation strategy. Finally, we have extensive experience resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration and informal negotiated settlement.

Cost-Efficient & Effective Service
We are mindful that we are spending the public’s money when we litigate. Therefore, we provide budgets of litigation costs and reports of the attorney’s fees and costs incurred to date. We will also provide estimates of the likelihood of success. While the chances of success are difficult to predict and change over the course of a case, we believe we owe our clients our best sense of the merits of the case. Taken together, these allow the client to evaluate the cost effectiveness of our services and make better strategic decisions on how to handle the case.

Alexandra Andreen

Alexandra Andreen

Associate

(951) 826-8347

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Elizabeth R. Balloue

Elizabeth R. Balloue

Paralegal*

(925) 977-3307

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Peggy L. Barnes

Peggy L. Barnes

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8357

Areas of Focus: Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Bruce Beach

Bruce Beach

Partner

(619) 525-1335

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Municipal | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
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
Whitney Blackhurst

Whitney Blackhurst

Associate

(619) 525-1303

Areas of Focus: Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Scott H. Campbell

Scott H. Campbell

Partner

(213) 617-7489

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | 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
Marilyn Chandler

Marilyn Chandler

Paralegal*

(909) 466-4906

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Rebecca Chaparro

Rebecca Chaparro

Associate

(619) 525-1310

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Anthony Chavez

Anthony Chavez

Associate

(949) 263-2615

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Mary Beth Coburn, P.E.

Mary Beth Coburn, P.E.

Partner

(619) 525-1369

Areas of Focus: Business Services & School Facilities | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction | School Finances, Developer Fees & Mitigation | Special Districts
Marvin I. Cohen

Marvin I. Cohen

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8440

Areas of Focus: Bankruptcy | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Piero C. Dallarda

Piero C. Dallarda

Partner

(951) 826-8338

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Special Districts
Scott Ditfurth

Scott Ditfurth

Partner

(951) 826-8209

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Transportation
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
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
Thomas J. Eastmond

Thomas J. Eastmond

Of Counsel

(949) 263-2601

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment | Public Contracts & Construction | Real Estate
Richard T. Egger

Richard T. Egger

Partner

(909) 466-4915

Areas of Focus: Bankruptcy | Business | Business Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Trusts & Estates
Samuel L. Emerson

Samuel L. Emerson

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2824

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
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
Guillermo A. Frias

Guillermo A. Frias

Of Counsel

(213) 787-2575

Areas of Focus: Eminent Domain | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Finance | 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
Howard B. Golds

Howard B. Golds

Partner

(951) 826-8339

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Public Agency Labor & Employment
Matthew L. Green

Matthew L. Green

Of Counsel

(619) 525-1370

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Public Agency Litigation
Ryan Guiboa

Ryan Guiboa

Associate

(213) 787-2549

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Hazardous Waste | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
T. Brent Hawkins

T. Brent Hawkins

Partner

(916) 551-2086

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Environmental Litigation | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
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
John H. Holloway

John H. Holloway

Partner

(213) 617-7495

Areas of Focus: Eminent Domain | Environmental Litigation | Hazardous Waste | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Nowland C. Hong

Nowland C. Hong

Of Counsel

(213) 787-2565

Areas of Focus: Eminent Domain | 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
Tammy L. Ingram

Tammy L. Ingram

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8343

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Public Agency Litigation
Armeen Komeili

Armeen Komeili

Associate

(949) 263-2617

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Todd R. Leishman

Todd R. Leishman

Of Counsel

(949) 263-6576

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Public Agency Litigation
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
Kendall H. MacVey

Kendall H. MacVey

Partner

(951) 826-8226

Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
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 | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Thomas M. O'Connell

Thomas M. O'Connell

Associate

(951) 826-8337

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Christopher Pisano

Christopher Pisano

Partner

(213) 617-7492

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Eminent Domain | Municipal | Public Agency Litigation
Marnie A. Prock

Marnie A. Prock

Paralegal*

(916) 551-2089

Areas of Focus: Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Ashley E. Ratliff

Ashley E. Ratliff

Associate

(916) 551-2836

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Municipal | Public Agency Litigation | Public Safety
Brittany Reese

Brittany Reese

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8234

Areas of Focus: Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | 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
Danielle G. Sakai

Danielle G. Sakai

Partner

(951) 826-8328

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Hazardous Waste | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Carol Sanchez

Carol Sanchez

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8371

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
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
Ann Taylor Schwing

Ann Taylor Schwing

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2098

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Daniel S. Shimell

Daniel S. Shimell

Associate

(949) 263-2612

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Gregory G. Snarr

Gregory G. Snarr

Associate

(951) 826-8202

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Eminent Domain | Labor & Employment | Municipal Law | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Special Districts
Krysten Steele

Krysten Steele

Paralegal*

(909) 483-6653

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Harriet A. Steiner

Harriet A. Steiner

Partner

(916) 551-2821

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Telecommunications
Nancy G. Stubbs

Nancy G. Stubbs

Paralegal*

(909) 483-6649

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

Gene Tanaka

Partner

(925) 977-3301

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Hazardous Waste | Public Agency Litigation | Water
Pamela Thompson

Pamela Thompson

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2832

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law
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
Karen L. Van Dijk

Karen L. Van Dijk

Partner

(949) 263-6563

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Eminent Domain | Public Agency Litigation | Special Education | Student Affairs
Dana Vessey

Dana Vessey

Associate

(213) 787-2568

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Safety
Donald Wagner

Donald Wagner

Of Counsel

(949) 263-6585

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Roderick E. Walston

Roderick E. Walston

Of Counsel

(925) 977-3304

Areas of Focus: Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Water
Kevin Wang

Kevin Wang

Associate

(916) 551-2095

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Katherine L. Wisinski

Katherine L. Wisinski

Of Counsel

(925) 977-3320

Areas of Focus: Environmental Litigation | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Victor L. Wolf

Victor L. Wolf

Partner

(951) 826-8231

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | 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
Iris P. Yang

Iris P. Yang

Partner

(916) 551-2826

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public-Private Partnerships
Shelby M. Young

Shelby M. Young

Paralegal*

(213) 617-7493

Areas of Focus: Eminent Domain | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Eight BB&K Attorneys Recognized by Sacramento Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers List
Press Releases Aug 31, 2017

Eight BB&K Attorneys Recognized by Sacramento Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers List

Selected by Their Peers

Automated License Plate Scans Data May Be Disclosed
Legal Alerts Aug 31, 2017

Automated License Plate Scans Data May Be Disclosed

California Supreme Court Finds Public Record Exemptions Do Not Apply

Taxes By Voter Initiative Not Restricted By Article XIII C of the California Constitution
Legal Alerts Aug 29, 2017

Taxes By Voter Initiative Not Restricted By Article XIII C of the California Constitution

California Supreme Court Holds That Article XIII C Does Not Restrict Initiative Power To Impose Taxes

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

6th Circuit Vacates and Remands FCC Rules
BB&K In the News Aug 22, 2017

6th Circuit Vacates and Remands FCC Rules

Law360 Interviews Partner Joseph Van Eaton who Rep’d Local Communities

PRA Request Compliance May Not Shield from Attorney's Fees
Legal Alerts Aug 21, 2017

PRA Request Compliance May Not Shield from Attorney's Fees

California Appellate Court Orders City to Pay

Property Owner to Maintain Public Beach Access Over Coastal Property
Legal Alerts Aug 17, 2017

Property Owner to Maintain Public Beach Access Over Coastal Property

California Court of Appeal Weighs in on California Coastal Act

Cable Operators Reduced Franchise Fee to Municipalities Not Permitted
Client Successes Aug 16, 2017

Cable Operators Reduced Franchise Fee to Municipalities Not Permitted

BB&K Attorneys Win in California Federal Court

22 BB&K Attorneys  Earn Spot on Best Lawyers in America 2018 List
Press Releases Aug 15, 2017

22 BB&K Attorneys Earn Spot on Best Lawyers in America 2018 List

Two Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Trail Immunity Does Not Shield from Liability Simply Because an Injury Occurs on a Trail
Legal Alerts Aug 14, 2017

Trail Immunity Does Not Shield from Liability Simply Because an Injury Occurs on a Trail

Appellate Court Ruling Means Less Protections for California Public Agencies

Sixth Circuit Overturns FCC Cable Order
Client Successes Jul 20, 2017

Sixth Circuit Overturns FCC Cable Order

Partner Joseph Van Eaton Represented a Coalition of Communities

Surcharge on Utility Users Imposed Under a Franchise Agreement is Not a Tax
Legal Alerts Jul 5, 2017

Surcharge on Utility Users Imposed Under a Franchise Agreement is Not a Tax

California Supreme Court Holds Surcharge for Franchise Rights Not Subject to Voter Approval if Reasonably Related to Value of Franchise

30-Day Vehicle Impoundment is a Seizure Requiring Fourth Amendment Compliance
Legal Alerts Jun 29, 2017

30-Day Vehicle Impoundment is a Seizure Requiring Fourth Amendment Compliance

Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Class Action Against LAPD

Gregory Snarr Video Bio
Videos Jun 28, 2017

Gregory Snarr Video Bio

Associate

Event Jun 26, 2017

Crisis Mode: Practical Advice for Special District Leaders for Handling Board Disputes

CSDA's 2017 General Manager Leadership Summit

Local Taxes on Non-Indian Possessory Interests in Indian Country OK’d by Court
Client Successes Jun 22, 2017

Local Taxes on Non-Indian Possessory Interests in Indian Country OK’d by Court

BB&K Wins Major Victory for Local Agencies Confirming Authority for Taxation

BB&K In the News Jun 22, 2017

Calif. County Tax On Leased Tribal Lands Gets Judge's OK

Law360 Interviews Partner Rod Walston on Ruling

No Mandatory Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies for Proposition 218 Challenge
Legal Alerts Jun 19, 2017

No Mandatory Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies for Proposition 218 Challenge

California Court of Appeal Allows Challenge to Prop. 218 Without Public Protest

Non-Property Owners in Cities and Counties May Now Sue for Wasteful Government Spending
Legal Alerts Jun 16, 2017

Non-Property Owners in Cities and Counties May Now Sue for Wasteful Government Spending

California Supreme Court Decision Widens Potential Claimant Pool

Howard Golds Video Bio
Videos Jun 13, 2017

Howard Golds Video Bio

Partner

Scott Ditfurth Video Bio
Videos Jun 8, 2017

Scott Ditfurth Video Bio

Partner

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review a Legal Challenge to Mello-Roos Special Taxes
Legal Alerts May 31, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review a Legal Challenge to Mello-Roos Special Taxes

Funding Mechanism for “Additional Services” for New Development Remains

Appellate Court Rejects CEQA Challenges to Development in Santa Ana
Client Successes May 25, 2017

Appellate Court Rejects CEQA Challenges to Development in Santa Ana

BB&K Team Represented City

California’s Ambiguous Day of Rest Requirements Clarified by State Supreme Court
Legal Alerts May 23, 2017

California’s Ambiguous Day of Rest Requirements Clarified by State Supreme Court

Employers Need to Schedule Accordingly

Trail Immunity for Public Agencies Stops At the Edge of Adjacent Public Golf Course
Legal Alerts May 18, 2017

Trail Immunity for Public Agencies Stops At the Edge of Adjacent Public Golf Course

Appellate Court Says Pasadena Can be Liable for Child’s Injury

Press Releases May 16, 2017

Veteran Lawmaker Donald Wagner Joins BB&K

Litigator Joins Municipal Law Practice Group

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Cities, Allowing Lawsuits Against Banks for Fair Housing Act Violations
Legal Alerts May 9, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Cities, Allowing Lawsuits Against Banks for Fair Housing Act Violations

Bank of America v. City of Miami (Consolidated with Wells Fargo & Co. v. City of Miami)

Event May 3-5, 2017

City Attorneys' Spring Conference

League of California Cities

Event Apr 20, 2017

2017 Federal Civil Practice Seminar

Federal Bar Association Inland Empire Chapter

City and Police Officer Victorious in Malicious Prosecution and Seizure Case
Client Successes Apr 19, 2017

City and Police Officer Victorious in Malicious Prosecution and Seizure Case

BB&K Attorneys Christopher Pisano and Dana Vessey Prevail on Motion for Summary Judgment

Client Successes Apr 6, 2017

12 Orange County Cities Beat Monopoly Claims Over Ambulance Services

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit After Argument by BB&K Partner Kendall MacVey

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Against 12 Orange County Cities Over Alleged Ambulance Monopolies
BB&K In the News Mar 30, 2017

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Against 12 Orange County Cities Over Alleged Ambulance Monopolies

BB&K Represented Several Cities

Press Releases Mar 23, 2017

Sacramento Business Journal Again Ranks BB&K as a Top Litigation Firm

Based on Number of Attorneys

BB&K Breaks on to Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top Law Firms List
Press Releases Mar 23, 2017

BB&K Breaks on to Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top Law Firms List

Firm’s Los Angeles Office Makes Debut at No. 173

Civil Discovery Act Applies to Public Records Act Proceedings, California Appellate Court Concludes
Legal Alerts Mar 9, 2017

Civil Discovery Act Applies to Public Records Act Proceedings, California Appellate Court Concludes

May Impose Increased Burdens on Public Agencies

Press Releases Jan 20, 2017

San Diego Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017

Congratulations to the BB&K Attorneys Recognized for their Work

Press Releases Jan 20, 2017

Southern California Super Lawyers 2017

Five BB&K Partners Receive Honor

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

Hillsborough Residents File Suit Over Water Rates
BB&K In the News Dec 2, 2016

Hillsborough Residents File Suit Over Water Rates

Rates Comply with Law, BB&K Partner Kelly Salt Tells East Bay Times

John Holloway Video Bio
Videos Nov 30, 2016

John Holloway Video Bio

Partner

Deborah Wordham Video Bio
Videos Nov 30, 2016

Deborah Wordham Video Bio

Of Counsel

Ontario Goes to Court to Remove Abandoned Shipping Containers
BB&K In the News Nov 29, 2016

Ontario Goes to Court to Remove Abandoned Shipping Containers

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Discusses Legal Update with BB&K Partner Richard Egger

Drought Policies, Price of Water Lands in Court
BB&K In the News Nov 17, 2016

Drought Policies, Price of Water Lands in Court

Hillsborough, Represented by BB&K Attorney Kimberly Hood, Faces Suit from Residents

Evaluating a Project’s “Exacerbation” on Existing Environmental Hazards
Legal Alerts Nov 10, 2016

Evaluating a Project’s “Exacerbation” on Existing Environmental Hazards

Substantial Evidence Proving “Exacerbation” Required, California Appellate Court Says

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

Press Releases Nov 1, 2016

BB&K Earns “Metropolitan Tier 1” Best Law Firm Rankings

U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America 2017 Best Law Firms List

Financing Increased Demand On Pre-Existing Services Constitutes “Additional Services”
Legal Alerts Oct 24, 2016

Financing Increased Demand On Pre-Existing Services Constitutes “Additional Services”

California Court Decision Rules on Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982

Event Sep 29, 2016

Agua Caliente v. Coachella Valley Water District, et al.

Tribal Water Law's 5th Annual Conference

Client Successes Sep 28, 2016

BB&K Successful in Post-Redevelopment Case for City Client

Partners Victor L. Wolf, Iris P. Yang and Danielle G. Sakai Represent City of Fontana

County Counsel Teamwork: The Exide Story
BB&K In the News Sep 23, 2016

County Counsel Teamwork: The Exide Story

BB&K Part of Team Supporting Clean Up of Former Battery Recycling Site

Client Successes Sep 19, 2016

BB&K Represents City in Successful Recovery of Redevelopment Loans

Partner Iris Yang Litigated Against Department of Finance

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

Public Agency Not Subject to 60-Day Limit
Legal Alerts Aug 22, 2016

Public Agency Not Subject to 60-Day Limit

California Appellate Court Finds Contract Void Under Government Code Section 1090

Press Releases Aug 15, 2016

20 BB&K Attorneys Make Best Lawyers in America 2017 List

Two Named Lawyers of the Year

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 Supreme Court Curbs Responses to Anti-SLAPP Motions
Legal Alerts Aug 10, 2016

California Supreme Court Curbs Responses to Anti-SLAPP Motions

Elected Officials’ Free Speech Rights Analyzed

Client Successes Jul 26, 2016

California Supreme Court Sides with Public Agencies on Precondemnation Access Issue

BB&K Partner Kendall MacVey Filed Amicus Curiae Brief

Client Successes Jul 14, 2016

Appellate Court Again Sides with BB&K Client in Groundwater Rights Dispute

City of Santa Maria’s Groundwater Rights Upheld

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

Press Releases Jul 6, 2016

Three BB&K Attorneys Listed as Top Lawyers in Coachella Valley

Palm Springs Life Magazine’s Annual List Includes Partners Robert Hargreaves, Douglas Phillips and G. Henry Welles

City Slapped Down on anti-SLAPP Claim
Legal Alerts Jun 3, 2016

City Slapped Down on anti-SLAPP Claim

Details of a Potential NFL Deal for Carson Not of Public Interest, Court Says

Court Clarifies the “Cease & Desist” Requirement Prior to Initiating Brown Act Litigation
Legal Alerts Jun 2, 2016

Court Clarifies the “Cease & Desist” Requirement Prior to Initiating Brown Act Litigation

City’s Loss Illustrates Risks of Litigating Open Meeting Law Violation Claims

Client Successes May 13, 2016

BB&K Secures CEQA Appellate Victory in Water Project

Six Challenges to Public-Private Partnership Effort Overcome

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

Press Releases Apr 21, 2016

BB&K Partners Shawn Hagerty and Andre Monette Honored by IMLA

They Received an Amicus Service Award for Their Work on a Maui Water Quality Matter

Nowland Hong Earns Lifetime Achievement Award from Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
Press Releases Apr 13, 2016

Nowland Hong Earns Lifetime Achievement Award from Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association

The BB&K Attorney is a Founder and Twice Served as President of the SCCLA

Press Releases Mar 24, 2016

BB&K Named a Top Litigation Firm in Sacramento

The Sacramento Business Journal Ranked the Firm 24th of the Top 30

Statute Authorizing Transfer of Local Taxes as Penalty is Unconstitutional
Legal Alerts Mar 7, 2016

Statute Authorizing Transfer of Local Taxes as Penalty is Unconstitutional

California Appellate Court Ruling on Proposition 22

Partner Kendall H. MacVey and BB&K Honored by Federal Bar Association, Inland Empire Chapter
Press Releases Feb 29, 2016

Partner Kendall H. MacVey and BB&K Honored by Federal Bar Association, Inland Empire Chapter

A Founding Member and Past President, MacVey Hailed for Dedication and Leadership

Client Successes Feb 26, 2016

BB&K Team Helps L.A. County Get State Funding for Exide Contamination

Board of Supervisors gives commendation to attorneys John Holloway and Gene Tanaka

Client Successes Feb 26, 2016

BB&K Successful in Appellate Court in Post-Redevelopment Case for City Client

Partners Victor L. Wolf and Danielle G. Sakai represent City of Fontana

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

Press Releases Jan 22, 2016

2016 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine Recognizes Six BB&K Partners

Honored Attorneys Represent Municipal Law, Environmental & Natural Resources and Litigation Services

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

California Appellate Court Holds Unruh Act Does Not Apply to Legislative Action
Legal Alerts Dec 23, 2015

California Appellate Court Holds Unruh Act Does Not Apply to Legislative Action

Decision Comes in Short-Term Rental Ordinance Litigation

California Appellate Court Clarifies Proper Amount of Evidence Required to Support Restitution Order
Legal Alerts Dec 22, 2015

California Appellate Court Clarifies Proper Amount of Evidence Required to Support Restitution Order

Question Considered in Graffiti Abatement Case

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Public Agency Liability for Flood Control
Authored Articles & Publications Dec 21, 2015

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Public Agency Liability for Flood Control

BB&K Partner Gene Tanaka Discusses in Municipal Lawyer Magazine How Local Agencies May Be Liable for Flood Damage — Just in Time for the Expected Rainy Season

Design Immunity for Public Agencies Clarified by California Supreme Court
Legal Alerts Dec 21, 2015

Design Immunity for Public Agencies Clarified by California Supreme Court

Decision touches on a crucial issue in public agency tort defense

Tensions, Threats as California’s New Groundwater Law Takes Shape
BB&K In the News Nov 21, 2015

Tensions, Threats as California’s New Groundwater Law Takes Shape

BB&K Partner Jeffrey Dunn Discusses Groundwater Pumping Laws With the Sacramento Bee

Press Releases Nov 2, 2015

BB&K Receives Best Law Firms Rankings from U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America

Three Practice Areas in Two Cities Selected as "Top Tier”

BB&K Partner Jack B. Clarke, Jr. Honored by Riverside African-American Historical Society
Press Releases Oct 23, 2015

BB&K Partner Jack B. Clarke, Jr. Honored by Riverside African-American Historical Society

The Long-Serving Education Attorney and Prominent Figure in the Riverside Area was Selected for His Impact on the Community

Press Releases Oct 22, 2015

Delegation of Judges from China Visit Best Best & Krieger

Through the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Program, Judges from the Hunan High People’s Court Learned About Expert Testimony and Scientific Evidence

Client Successes Oct 2, 2015

Appellate Court Dismisses Challenge to Cities’ Assessments

BB&K Attorneys Richard Egger and Thomas Rice Successfully Defend the Cities

BB&K In the News Sep 24, 2015

BB&K Files Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in Threatened Santa Ana Sucker Case

A Team of BB&K Attorneys, Working pro Bono, Garnered Headlines This Week for Case of First Impression

Client Successes Sep 15, 2015

Attorney Fees Awarded Following Successful CEQA Lawsuit

BB&K Attorneys Jason Ackerman, Fernando Avila and Jennifer Lynch Represented the City of Shafter

Sacramento Business Journal Names Five BB&K Attorneys to 2015 Best of the Bar List
Press Releases Aug 28, 2015

Sacramento Business Journal Names Five BB&K Attorneys to 2015 Best of the Bar List

Congratulations to Each of These Attorneys for Their Recognition

Press Releases Aug 17, 2015

19 BB&K Attorneys Included on the 2016 Best Lawyers in America List

Partner Iris Yang and Of Counsel Joseph Coomes Selected as Lawyers of the Year

California Indian Tribe Pursues Rights to Groundwater
BB&K In the News Jul 29, 2015

California Indian Tribe Pursues Rights to Groundwater

BB&K Attorney Roderick Walston Represents a Water Supplier in a Case That Has Potentially Vast Impacts on Groundwater Rights. He Is Interviewed by Circle of Blue

Texas Specialty License Plates Ruled to be Government Speech by U.S. Supreme Court
Legal Alerts Jun 30, 2015

Texas Specialty License Plates Ruled to be Government Speech by U.S. Supreme Court

No First Amendment Violation

Press Releases Jun 12, 2015

Four BB&K Attorneys Named to 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

A Variety of Practice Areas Represented In This Year’s Selections

Client Successes May 26, 2015

BB&K Files Successful Amicus Brief in Eminent Domain Case

Partner Kendall H. MacVey argued that the Mello-Roos Act can be used to finance acquisitions by eminent domain

BB&K Attorney Roderick Walston Recognized with IMLA’s Amicus Service Award
Press Releases Apr 28, 2015

BB&K Attorney Roderick Walston Recognized with IMLA’s Amicus Service Award

Roderick Walston was Recognized for His Work on a Clean Water Act Case in the U.S. Supreme Court

California Tribe Seeks to Drop Claims Against Utility in Tax Fight
BB&K In the News Apr 9, 2015

California Tribe Seeks to Drop Claims Against Utility in Tax Fight

BB&K Partner Roderick Walston Discusses in Law360 Desert Water Agency Role in Tribal Land Groundwater Tax and Fee Case

BB&K Partner Charity Schiller Honored as a Woman of Distinction
Press Releases Mar 27, 2015

BB&K Partner Charity Schiller Honored as a Woman of Distinction

Assemblymember Jose Medina Recognized Women for Their Successes and Contributions

Losing Bidders Can Sue When Winners Don't Pay Prevailing Wages
Authored Articles & Publications Mar 13, 2015

Losing Bidders Can Sue When Winners Don't Pay Prevailing Wages

BB&K Attorney Michael Maurer Analyzes Recent California Appellate Case on Prevailing Wage Laws in Public Works Contracts in the Daily Journal

San Juan Capistrano Case Challenges Legality of Tiered Water Rates
BB&K In the News Feb 27, 2015

San Juan Capistrano Case Challenges Legality of Tiered Water Rates

Partner Kelly Salt Quoted by the L.A. Times on Proposition 218's Role in Water Rate Setting

Press Releases Feb 18, 2015

BB&K Attorneys Garner Top Verdict Recognition

Jeff Dunn, Thomas Eastmond and Steven DeBaun Recognized by the Daily Journal for WRCOG v. Beaumont

BB&K In the News Jan 27, 2015

The List: Law Firms

BB&K Ranks 9th on List of Largest Sacramento Law Firms, Plus 6th For Most Female Attorneys

Press Releases Jan 22, 2015

Five BB&K Attorneys Named to the 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers List

A Diverse Selection of Attorneys Represented on the Prestigious List

Press Releases Jan 22, 2015

Six BB&K Attorneys in San Diego Included on the 2015 List of San Diego Super Lawyers or Super Lawyer

Congratulations to These Attorneys

Client Successes Dec 12, 2014

BB&K Attorneys Successfully Defend City Client from Brown Act and Other Claims

Appellate Court Upholds City of Ontario’s Lower Court Victory

Cities Can Offset Cracked Sidewalk Liability
Authored Articles & Publications Oct 14, 2014

Cities Can Offset Cracked Sidewalk Liability

BB&K Attorney Jessica Lomakin Writes in the Daily Journal About Options Municipalities Have in Defending Against Costly “Trip and Fall” Accidents on Public Sidewalks

BB&K Partner Named to Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2014 List
Press Releases Sep 2, 2014

BB&K Partner Named to Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2014 List

Join Us in Congratulating Best Best & Krieger Partner Kara Ueda, Who Was Selected by the Sacramento Business Journal for Inclusion on the Best of the Bar 2014 List

Press Releases Aug 19, 2014

Thirteen BB&K Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 List

The Included Attorneys Practice in BB&K Offices throughout California

Press Releases Jul 4, 2014

BB&K Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Congratulations to These Attorneys

Client Successes Jun 23, 2014

San Jacinto Defeats Constitutional Challenge by Subsequent Property Owner

BB&K Attorneys Win Dismissal for City Before Trial

Client Successes Jun 10, 2014

BB&K Attorneys Win $57 Million in Transportation Fee Dispute on Behalf of WRCOG

Judge Finds City of Beaumont Wrongly Used Fees to Build Its Own Roads

BB&K Attorneys Among Top 70 in Coachella Valley
Press Releases Jun 4, 2014

BB&K Attorneys Among Top 70 in Coachella Valley

Four BB&K Attorneys Make Palm Springs Life’s Top Lawyer List

The Daily Journal Honors BB&K Attorney With Top 20 Defense Result in California
Press Releases Feb 12, 2014

The Daily Journal Honors BB&K Attorney With Top 20 Defense Result in California

Attorney Recognized for Major Case Involving Corrupt Settlement

Client Successes Nov 13, 2013

BB&K Successfully Defends CEQA Challenge to City of Riverside Power Project

Attorneys Michelle Ouellette, Charity Schiller and Alisha Winterswyk garner victory in California

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