Michael J. Maurer



Tel: (213) 787-2557


At a Glance

Mike serves as city attorney or assistant city attorney to several California cities.
He has assisted public agencies in planning and carrying out major grant-funded capital facilities projects.
Mike has significant experience advising agencies on land use and development matters.

Michael Maurer practices Municipal Law as an attorney at Best Best & Krieger LLP. In addition to advising cities on the legalities of their day-to-day operations, Mike provides exceptional guidance to public agencies in the areas of land use, public infrastructure and construction, and open government and ethics laws.

Municipal Law
Mike serves as city attorney for the cities of La Habra Heights and San Jacinto, where he advises the city councils at each of their meetings. He also serves as assistant city attorney for the cities of Avalon and Arcadia. He is general counsel to the Pasadena Glen Community Services District and Apple Valley Fire Protection District, as well as assistant general counsel to Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency and Gold Coast Health Plan. As a municipal attorney, Mike works closely with local government boards, executives and staff members to find creative solutions to the challenges facing their communities.

Public Infrastructure and Facilities
Mike regularly guides clients through the process of constructing and improving public infrastructure and facilities. He advises on major construction and renovation projects involving tens of millions of dollars in public investment, and works with agencies to implement alternative options, such as design-build. Mike’s goal is to help clients deliver projects on-time and on-budget. To meet this challenge, he finds innovative approaches to resolve legal disputes that arise during construction, aiding clients in avoiding claims and negotiating settlements. Where necessary, Mike has also litigated construction disputes on behalf of public agency clients.
Land Use
Mike serves as counsel to the Arcadia Planning Commission and assists several planning departments in all facets of development and land use transactions. He regularly works with city planners to draft ordinances, negotiate agreements, prepare conditions of approval and take necessary steps to ensure that cities’ rights and interests are protected. He has advised on complex development matters, including negotiating development agreements, the creation of new subdivisions and entitlements for large-scale businesses.
Mike is also uniquely experienced with the Americans with Disabilities Act, having obtained a published decision in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that provides helpful guidance to agencies that own and operate facilities for public events. He has worked with agencies to resolve disputes and develop solutions for potential barriers to access in public facilities and rights of way.
As a law student at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Mike provided legal counsel to local community groups as part of the Community Economic Development Clinic. From this experience, he developed an understanding and passion for the important role that local government plays in serving in communities and bringing about positive change. He is grateful that he now has the opportunity to counsel the civic leaders who provide these services. 


  • University of California, Hastings, J.D., cum laude
  • Chapman University, B.A., magna cum laude


  • California



Legal Alerts Apr 16, 2021

U.S. Treasury Releases New Guidance on the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

Agencies Should Be Aware of Pre-Award Requirements

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 31, 2021

Dockless Scooters, Data & Privacy

Court Holds There is No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Rental Scooter Location Information

Legal Alerts Mar 22, 2021

Are Virtual Public Meetings Here to Stay?

Three New Bills Could Make Permanent Changes to Public Meetings

Legal Alerts Jan 05, 2021

New Public Agency Laws on Safety, Finance, Contracting and More

Part 1: New Laws Impacting California Public Agencies for 2021

Legal Alerts Dec 04, 2020

California Issues Regional Stay Home Order

New Restrictions for Regions Lacking ICU Availability

Legal Alerts May 20, 2020

Update: California COVID-19 Readiness Criteria for County Variance on Reopening

More Counties to Potentially Qualify for a County Variance Under New Requirements

Legal Alerts May 12, 2020

California Applicant’s Briefings for COVID-19 FEMA Public Assistance Scheduled

Cal OES Providing Information via Live Webinars

Legal Alerts May 08, 2020

COVID-19: California to Begin Reopening Businesses

Resilience Roadmap Charts Course for Workplaces and Counties

Legal Alerts Apr 01, 2020

Preparing for COVID-19 Pandemic FEMA Public Assistance Reimbursement

Public Agencies Should Take Steps Now to be Eligible for Cost Recovery

Legal Alerts Mar 23, 2020

California Governor Issues New COVID-19 Executive Order Impacting Local Government

Addresses Open Meetings, Delivery Ordinances, Working After Retirement and Government Claim Deadlines During Coronavirus Pandemic

Legal Alerts Mar 18, 2020

Update: Calif. Open Meeting Requirements Under COVID-19

Governor Issues New Executive Order Excusing Physical Location Requirements for Public Comment and Observation for Public Meetings

Legal Alerts Mar 12, 2020

COVID-19 and Open Meeting Laws

California Governor Issues Executive Order Cancelling Large Gatherings and Suspending Certain Portions of the Brown Act

Legal Alerts Jan 08, 2020

New Housing & Land Use, Local Government and Public Contracting Laws

Part 2: California Laws Impacting Public Agencies for 2020

Legal Alerts Jan 03, 2020

Only a Contracting Party May Sue Under Government Code Section 1092

Calif. Supreme Court: San Diegans for Open Government v. Public Facilities Financing Authority of the City of San Diego

Legal Alerts Dec 03, 2019

Single Contractor Not Precluded from Providing Both Design and Construction Services

Case Provides Valuable Guidance for Public Agencies Wanting One Contractor for Two Phases

Authored Articles & Publications Oct 23, 2019

Connecting Housing and Transportation for Livable Cities

Livability Discussion Part 2 by Partners Ruben Duran and Michael Maurer in PublicCEO

Authored Articles & Publications Oct 23, 2019

In Housing Crisis, Calif. Lawmakers Look for Ways to Increase Livability

Livability Discussion Part 1 by Partners Ruben Duran and Michael Maurer in PublicCEO

Legal Alerts Jan 10, 2019

New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part II

Housing and Land Use and Environmental Laws Saw Changes in 2019

Legal Alerts Jan 09, 2019

New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part I

2019 Brings Changes to Election, Revenue, Conflict of Interest, Property and Public Safety Laws… and More

Legal Alerts Jan 02, 2019

New Disability Access Informational Notices Required in California

AB 3002 Took Effect Jan. 1

Legal Alerts Mar 22, 2018

Government Contractor Recovers Bid Preparation Costs After Project Wrongly Awarded

California Appellate Court Expands Court’s Equitable Authority

Authored Articles & Publications Jul 26, 2017

Independent Contractors & Consultants Acting on Government Contracts May be Subject to Conflict of Interest Laws

By Gary W. Schons and Michael Maurer

Legal Alerts Jul 11, 2017

Independent Contractors & Consultants Can be Subject to Conflict of Interest Laws

California Supreme Court Sets New Precedent for GC Section 1090

Legal Alerts Jun 28, 2017

Failure to Register Public Works Projects with DIR Could Result in Penalties

New California Law Takes Effect Immediately

Legal Alerts May 09, 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)

Legal Alerts Jan 05, 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

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

Legal Alerts Sep 15, 2014

Ninth Circuit: Cities Must Have On-Street Disabled Parking

Cities Have an Obligation Under the ADA

Legal Alerts Jul 30, 2014

Public Bleachers Constructed Prior to the ADA Don’t Need Additional Improvements if a Viable Alternative is Offered

Published Case Provides Blueprint for Viable Alternative Seating

  • “Prevailing Wages: SB 96,” BBKnowledge, Nov. 16, 2017
  • “Cities Can Sue Banks for Predatory Lending, U.S. Supreme Court Says,” BBKnowledge, May 16, 2017
  • “2014 Legislative Highlights,” California Real Property Journal, April 29, 2015
  • “Losing Bidders Can Sue When Winners Don’t Pay Prevailing Wages,” Daily Journal, March 13, 2015
  • “New Law Changes Landscape for Public Projects,” Daily Journal, Jan. 30, 2015
  • “Legal and Ethical Framework for New Public Officials,” BBKnowledge, Jan. 22, 2015
  • “Guidance Lacking for On-Street Disabled Parking,” Daily Journal, Oct. 2, 2014


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