Albert J. Maldonado


Tel: (909) 466-4901


At a Glance

Albert’s practice includes advising public clients on transparency and ethics laws, public contracts, First Amendment issues and sidewalk vending.

He serves as assistant general counsel for the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.

Albert serves on multiple boards that advocate for achieving higher education and for increased diversity in higher education and the legal profession.

Albert J. Maldonado is an attorney in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group. He provides legal services to cities, school districts and special districts by handling land use, constitutional and ethics issues, and drafting and negotiating various types of contracts. He advises clients on the application of California’s transparency and ethics laws, including the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, the Political Reform Act and conflict of interest laws. He is well-versed in dealing with sidewalk vendor issues in the wake of Senate Bill 946’s passage, and has drafted sidewalk vending ordinances for several California cities.
Albert serves as assistant general counsel for the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District. He reviews and helps negotiate public contracts, including those for which the State or the United States government has provided grant funding. He also assists in preparing bid packages and reviewing bids received.
Albert assisted drafting a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Ontario and nine community partners, forming a “collaborative stakeholder structure” necessary to apply for the State of California’s Transformative Climate Communities Program grant. In January 2018, the City was awarded $35 million from the State’s Transformative Climate Communities Program. After the money was awarded, Albert assisted drafting pass-through agreements with each of the nine partners. These agreements set up ways to govern the money’s distribution and the proper administration of the programming in accordance with the Master Agreement between the City and the State. The money will help fund new projects regarding housing, transportation, workforce development, small business development and environmental sustainability initiatives, focusing especially in the City’s downtown commercial areas.
During law school at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Albert participated in the school’s U.S. Supreme Court Clinic, where he helped draft petitions for certiorari and amicus and merits briefs. He was an associate editor of the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy. He also was a recipient of the Federal Bar Association Chicago Chapter’s Lefkow Fellowship and interned for the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Children’s Protection Project.
Albert was intimately involved with the National Latina/o Law Student Association, culminating in serving as the organization’s director of public relations from 2016-2017.
Prior to law school, Albert received his master’s degree of theological studies at Harvard Divinity School. He concentrated on studying religion, ethics, and politics and completed half his coursework at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.
While attending Pitzer College, Albert interned for then-Congressman David Dreier and then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Albert is passionate about community engagement and about increasing diversity in higher education and in the legal profession. He is a founding Board Member of the Hispanic Bar Association of the Inland Empire and serves on the National Board of Directors of the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance as the vice president of finance. He is also president of the Board of Directors for the Ontario-Montclair School District Foundation, which fundraises for and institutes the Promise Scholars Program — a program that works to ensure students have post-secondary education opportunities. Albert grew up in Alta Loma, Calif. He enjoys dancing, especially salsa and bachata, and also plays the piano.


  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D.
  • Harvard Divinity School, MTS
  • Pitzer College, B.A., political studies, with honors


  • California


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