Victoria "Tori" Hester


Tel: (619) 525-1365


At a Glance

Tori focuses on municipal and public entity representation with a focus on ethics, housing and election law.

She serves as a pro bono attorney with the Casa Cornelia Law Center.

Tori serves as assistant city attorney for the City of Santee.

Victoria "Tori" Hester focuses on municipal representation, assisting public agency clients in transactional matters, with a focus on ethics, housing and elections law. She is a member of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group out of the firm’s San Diego office. Tori serves as assistant city attorney for the City of Santee, and handles the day-to-day advisory work, including the City Council agenda review and contract review. A member of BB&K’s Housing Group, Tori also assists public agency clients in ensuring compliance with state housing law, including navigating the rapidly changing requirements of affordable housing and density bonus law.

Tori was a summer associate at BB&K before joining the firm in 2014.

Tori graduated summa cum laude from Point Loma Nazarene University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in Spanish. Tori received her law degree from University of California, Irvine School of Law, where she was lead article editor on the UC Irvine Law Review, and participated in the UC Irvine Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. As a clinical student, Tori co-authored a report on juvenile deportation titled “Second Chances for All.” Throughout her law school career, Tori engaged in pro bono work, including assisting on a guardianship case and conducting preliminary screenings for the California Innocence Project.

Tori grew up in San Diego, where she now lives with her husband, Jeff, an underwater cameraman, and her son Ashton. As a member of the Point Loma Nazarene University Track & Field Team, Tori earned eight All-American titles. She enjoys running, playing volleyball, scuba diving and traveling.


  • University of California, Irvine School of Law, J.D.
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, B.A., history, summa cum laude


  • California


  • Top 40 Under 40, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2018
  • La Mancha Pro Bono Publico Award, Casa Cornelia Law Center, 2017


Legal Alerts Oct 27, 2020

Mobile Billboard Ordinance that Exempts Certain Vehicles is a Content-Based Regulation

Such Regulations are Subject to Strict Scrutiny, Ninth Circuit Rules

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 Oct 17, 2019

Housing Density Bonus and Reporting Changes for Local Agencies

Part 6: New California Housing Laws

Authored Articles & Publications Nov 30, 2018

Speech is Speech and It’s Protected

Tori Hester Analyzes Ninth Circuit First Amendment Ruling for Public Agencies in PublicCEO

Legal Alerts Oct 10, 2018

Public Bus Ad Gets a Free Ride

County Cannot Prohibit Ad Content Solely Because it’s Disparaging or Potentially Disruptive, Ninth Circuit Holds

Legal Alerts Sep 17, 2018

City Can’t Restrain Employee’s Critical Comments

Ninth Circuit Holds It Is OK to Speak on Matters of Public Concern as a Private Citizen

Legal Alerts Apr 16, 2018

District Attorneys Can Deputize City Attorneys to Prosecute Misdemeanors

Appeals Court Decision Good for California Cities and Counties

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

Legal Alerts Jun 29, 2017

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

Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Class Action Against LAPD

Legal Alerts Jun 14, 2017

New Filing Deadline for JPAs Approaches

JPAs Providing Municipal Services Must File with LAFCOs by July 1

Legal Alerts Mar 09, 2017

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

May Impose Increased Burdens on Public Agencies

Legal Alerts Oct 13, 2016

SB 1266’s New Filing Requirements Apply Only to JPAs Providing Municipal Services

Failure to File may Preclude JPAs from Issuing Bonds or Incurring Indebtedness

Legal Alerts Sep 28, 2016

Regulation of Antennas In Rights of Way Based on Aesthetic Concerns Upheld

Court Allows City’s Ordinance

Legal Alerts Jul 13, 2016

Ninth Circuit Upholds Cities’ Regulation of Mobile Billboards

Ordinances Declared Content-Neutral

Legal Alerts Nov 12, 2015

Limitations of Labor Negotiations Exception to Brown Act

Does Not Include Negotiation of a Project Labor Agreement When the Workers are Not Employees

Authored Articles & Publications May 28, 2015

How to Avoid Brown Act Violations When Discussing Litigation Issues

BB&K Attorney Tori Hester Writes in PublicCEO About How Discussion of Sensitive Topics by Public Agencies Can Lead to Challenges

  • “How to Avoid Brown Act Violations When Discussing Litigation Issues,” PublicCEO, May 28, 2015


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