Ruben Duran


Tel: (213) 787-2569


At a Glance

Ruben is managing partner of the firm’s Ontario office.
He serves as city attorney for the cities of Ontario and Fontana, general counsel to the Oxnard Harbor District and board counsel to SCAG.

Ruben is vice chair of the State Bar of California Board of Trustees.

Managing Partner of the firm’s Ontario office, Ruben Duran represents exclusively public agencies in the Municipal Law and Government Policy & Public Integrity practice groups of Best Best & Krieger LLP. He brings a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to the practice of public law. With an emphasis on open government and transparency and complex conflicts of interest issues, as well as elections law, land use and planning issues, Ruben also provides special counsel to many of the firm’s clients. These include cities, school districts, public health plans and special districts.

He serves as city attorney for the cities of Ontario and Fontana and general counsel for the Oxnard Harbor District, which owns and operates the commercial Port of Hueneme in Ventura County. Ruben also serves as Board Counsel to the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the state’s largest Metropolitan Planning Organization representing over 190 jurisdictions across six counties.  As general counsel of these public entities, Ruben is responsible for all legal services, including advising the elected boards and staff at public meetings and day-to-day transactional and advisory services on issues such as public bidding and contracting, environmental laws and regulations, land use and planning, labor and employment matters, as well as oversight and management of litigation.

He has experience with public-private partnerships and is instrumental in assisting his public agency clients partner with large financial institutions and nonprofit organizations to finance and construct public projects. These include the use of New Markets Tax Credits for the development of shore-side power infrastructure and an intermodal transportation facility for the Oxnard Harbor District, where he serves as general counsel (completed 2015), and a state-of-the art health and wellness facility in the City of Desert Hot Springs, where he was city attorney (completed 2013).

Ruben previously served as city attorney of Adelanto (2017-2018) and Desert Hot Springs (2006-2012) and general counsel of the Fontana Unified School District (2011-2012).

While attending the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Ruben was a two-time national moot court champion in the Hispanic National Bar Association’s moot court competition. Prior to attending law school, Ruben served a year as a Public Affairs Fellow in the prestigious Coro Fellowship Program in public affairs.

A frequent speaker and presenter on ethics and open government, Ruben enjoys meeting and interacting with public officials and employees from throughout the State, sharing a common goal of efficient, effective and ethical public service. He was appointed to the California State Bar Board of Trustees in 2018 by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and serves as vice chair of the Board. He is past president of the City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County and a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Ruben serves as a volunteer trainer for the Institute for Local Government, providing AB 1234 and ethics training for cities throughout California, and has presented on the New Markets Tax Credits program at the American Association of Port Authorities and the Association of Pacific Ports.

Ruben is married with two adult sons. He enjoys reading, playing horseshoes and cooking. Ruben is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Central and Northern districts of California and the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
  • University of California, San Diego, B.S., political science


  • California
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

Authored Articles & Publications Apr 26, 2018

Staff & Board: Defining Roles, Staying Inside the Lines

Partners Ruben Duran and Christopher Pisano Write for PublicCEO

Legal Alerts Apr 05, 2018

A District Attorney May Employ Outside Counsel on a Contingent Fee Basis

Ninth Circuit Opinion in Unfair Competition Suit Seeking Civil Penalties

Legal Alerts Apr 04, 2018

The First Self-Driving Death

Mitigating Risks, Regulatory Update and a Tale of Two States

Legal Alerts Oct 31, 2017

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update

Recent White House and Federal Court Action Impacting Future UAS Regulations

Legal Alerts Sep 20, 2017

The Smoke Clears? AB 133 Passes

Bill Makes Numerous Changes to California Cannabis Laws — Effective Immediately

Legal Alerts Sep 11, 2017

Ban on Officers Discussing K9 Program Violated First Amendment

Ninth Circuit Decision on Nevada State Highway Patrol Prior Restraint Case

Authored Articles & Publications Jun 05, 2017

The People's Business: A Guide to the California Public Records Act

BB&K Attorneys Contributed to LCC Publication

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 03, 2017

Officials’ Top 10 Things to Remember About Public Participation in Local Government

By Ruben Duran

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 01, 2017

New Markets Tax Credits – the Best Kept Secret in Financing Public Projects

By Ruben Duran

Authored Articles & Publications Jan 06, 2017

Understanding the Basics of Public Service Ethics Laws

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

Legal Alerts Dec 09, 2016

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

Decision Expected Soon from California Supreme Court

Authored Articles & Publications Sep 14, 2016

The Ethics Advisor: The Details Matter — Recusing Yourself Due to Conflict of Interest

By Ruben Duran

Authored Articles & Publications May 04, 2016

The Ethics Advisor: Bad Stuff Sometimes Happens, Even to Good People

By Ruben Duran

Legal Alerts Apr 21, 2016

Municipalities May Not Grant Preferential Parking to Residents Based on Dwelling Type

California Attorney General Addresses Local Preferential Parking Regulations

Legal Alerts Apr 06, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Holds States and Localities May Continue to Draw Voting Districts Based on Total Population

Total Population, However, May Not Be the Only Standard Upon Which Voting Areas Can Be Based


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