Joanna Gin


Tel: (916) 551-2857


At a Glance

Joanna handles a variety of transactional and litigation matters relating to municipal law.
Joanna focuses on elections, Proposition 218/26 compliance and solid waste.
She worked on state legislative affairs in Sacramento for a decade.

Joanna Gin is an attorney in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group. She serves as assistant city attorney for the City of Winters.
In addition to general public agency work, Joanna focuses on elections, compliance with Propositions 218 and 26, and solid waste, including the implementation of SB 1383 regulations.
Before joining BB&K, Joanna attended the University of California, Davis School of Law. Joanna clerked for the Sacramento City Attorney’s Office and assisted the civil litigation and advisory units on municipal affairs.
Prior to attending law school, Joanna worked in legislative affairs for nearly a decade in Sacramento. Joanna was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the position of assistant deputy director in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of General Services. While there, she helped oversee the office in the preparation of legislative analyses and policy recommendations relating to state contracts and property. During that time, she participated in the Leadership for Government Executives course at California State University, Sacramento, sponsored a Leadership for Government Supervisors cohort and spearheaded a department-wide food drive that raised a record 28,000 pounds of food for the Sacramento Food Bank. Before that, Joanna worked as a policy consultant with the Assembly Business and Professions Committee at the State Capitol. In that role, she provided guidance to legislators and their staff on legislation related to licensed professionals.

While earning her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, she served as senior class president. She is originally from San Francisco.

  • University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., political science & English (with honors)


  • California


  • Witkin Award for Scientific Evidence
Legal Alerts Feb 03, 2021

Court Provides Guidance in Applying “Racially Polarized Voting” Analysis to a California Voting Rights Act Challenge

Court of Appeal Decision in Yumori-Kaku et al. v. City of Santa Clara

Legal Alerts Dec 01, 2020

SB 1383 Regulations on Organic Waste are Finalized

Local Government Agencies Should Begin Preparing for Jan. 1, 2022 Effective Date

Legal Alerts Aug 06, 2020

Local Utility Charges Cannot Be Challenged by Referendum

Calif. Supreme Court Decision in Wilde v. City of Dunsmuir

Legal Alerts Jul 06, 2020

How to Track and Report Recyclables Landfilled Due to COVID-19

CalRecycle Issues Guidance to Local Agencies

Legal Alerts Feb 04, 2020

Organic Waste Regulation Cost Impacts

CalRecycle Study Makes Recommendations to Local Agencies

Legal Alerts Dec 20, 2019

FPPC Updates Materiality Standards

Amendments Adopted for Public Official Decisions Related to Nonprofit Gifts and Personal Financial Effects

Legal Alerts Oct 11, 2019

Another Set of Organic Waste Regulations Revisions Released by CalRecycle

Changes to Proposed Regulations Could Impact Local Agencies that Collect or Generate Organic Waste

Legal Alerts Jul 09, 2019

Cities May Record Special Assessment Liens for Delinquent Fees

Calif. Appellate Court Holds These Liens Not Subject to Prop. 218

Legal Alerts Jul 01, 2019

CalRecycle Releases Revisions to Organic Waste Regulations

Local Government Agencies Have Until July 17 to Comment

Legal Alerts Jan 28, 2019

Organic Waste Regulations Proposed

CalRecycle Taking Comments on Landfill Regulations Required By SB 1383

Legal Alerts Jan 02, 2019

New Disability Access Informational Notices Required in California

AB 3002 Took Effect Jan. 1

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