Municipal Law

Under increasing pressure posed by state and federal government mandates and insufficient available funding, cities and public agencies must balance budgets, manage competing interests and serve their constituencies. Meeting all these needs requires a high level of regulatory and legal knowledge and experience, as well as public relations and political finesse. 

Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice is regarded as a leader in the field, ranked “Tier One” by U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America. Our attorneys are consistently recognized on various top attorney rankings lists, including Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. The practice, established at the firm’s inception in 1891, currently represents close to 250 cities and counties.

Our highly skilled, diverse team of lawyers offers comprehensive, cost-effective counsel to cities, housing authorities, successor agencies and joint powers authorities. We help these clients successfully maneuver through legal complexities and governmental directives, enabling them to focus on providing superior service to their communities. 

Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Service 
BB&K Municipal Law attorneys advise on all matters involving city services, operations, administration and regulation. These include:

City Attorney Services

Public Finance

Government Relations

Labor & Employment, including Employee Benefits

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Public Contracts, Public Works, Utilities & Infrastructure

Public Safety

Planning, Development & Real Estate Issues

Advocacy & Litigation
Unlike other firms, which focus on either lobby and advocacy or city services guidance, BB&K has extensive experience assisting clients in both areas. Working closely with our government relations and litigation teams, we advocate for clients before legislative and regulatory bodies, and assert and defend their interests in courts at all levels. This integrated approach enables clients to rely on just one firm to meet all of their city services and advocacy needs. 

How Can Government Relations Help You?

Environmental, water, telecommunications and transportation projects by both public agencies and businesses can benefit from our advocacy services. Let us help you be heard!

Learn more about BB&K's Government Relations services.

Election Law Resource Center

Election Law Resource Center

BB&K’s Election Law Resource Center gives California cities the Vote of Confidence they need to ensure legal compliance with all aspects of local elections. This unique service includes:

  • A digital copy of BB&K’s Election Law Toolkit
  • ​Email and telephone hotline

Areas of Focus: Charters & Internal Organizations | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Municipal Law | Wage & Hour Law | Workplace Safety
Areas of Focus: Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: Business | Labor & Employment
Areas of Focus: Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | General & Special Counsel | Special Districts | Water
Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Water Quality
Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Business Services & School Facilities | California Public Records Act | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Police & Public Safety | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Event Apr 29, 2021

Emerging Issues Relevant to City Attorneys

League of California Cities 2021 City Attorneys' Conference

Event Apr 19, 2021

Water, Cable Franchising and Federal Communications Updates

International Municipal Lawyers Association 2021 Mid-Year Seminar

Legal Alerts Apr 12, 2021

AB 537 Creates a “Deemed Granted” Remedy for all Wireless Applications, Including Small Cells

Assembly Local Government Committee Hearing Set for Wednesday, April 14

Legal Alerts Apr 08, 2021

California Small Cell Bill to Severely Limit Local Government Control of Street Lights and Traffic Signal Poles

Oppose SB 556: Hearing Set for April 19

Event Apr 08, 2021

Public Records, Social Media, Redistricting and More

City Clerks Association of California's 2021 Annual Conference

Press Releases Apr 01, 2021

JD Supra Recognizes BB&K Attorneys With 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards

Construction Law Top Author and a Top-Read Tax Article

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 31, 2021

Dockless Scooters, Data & Privacy

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

Press Releases Mar 30, 2021

Latino Leader Worth Watching: BB&K Partner Ruben Duran

Municipal Law Attorney Recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal

Legal Alerts Mar 25, 2021

Appellate Decisions Limiting Groundwater Pumping in an Overdrafted Basin

Antelope Valley Groundwater Basin Adjudication

Legal Alerts Mar 19, 2021

Disclosing Law Enforcement Personnel Records

The Intersection Between Brady Lists, Pitchess Statutes and SB 1421

Legal Alerts Mar 18, 2021

Calif. Cities Can Still Impose Commercial Eviction Moratoriums

Executive Order Extends Authorization

Legal Alerts Mar 11, 2021

COVID-19 Relief Package Provides Substantial Aid to States, Counties and Cities

$1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Federal Relief Package – American Rescue Plan Act

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 08, 2021

Sidewalk Vending Laws: Three Lessons Learned

BB&K Attorney Albert Maldonado Shares Insights from Helping Cities with Sidewalk Vendor Laws

Free Webinar Mar 04, 2021

Regulating OTARDS: The Other Small Cells

BB&K Free Webinar

Client Successes Mar 01, 2021

Grocer Pandemic Pay Ordinance Upheld

BB&K Team Defends City’s Ordinance from Injunction Action in Federal Court

Free Webinar Feb 18, 2021

2021 Public Records Act Legislative Update

BB&K Free Webinar

Press Releases Feb 10, 2021

BB&K Announces Election Law Practice Expansion and New Client Services

A “Toolkit” and Hotline Among New Offerings

Press Releases Feb 03, 2021

BB&K Office Makes Sacramento Top 10 Law Firm

Sacramento Business Journal’s Annual Law Firm Rankings

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 Feb 03, 2021

FCC Continues to Undercut Local Authority on OTARD

Oversight of Satellite Dishes and Certain Antennas Curtailed

Legal Alerts Feb 01, 2021

Cities are Not Liable for Lessees’ Exercise of Choice in Speakers

Ninth Circuit Affirms Limits on Private and Municipal Liability for First Amendment Violations

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 01, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions About New Social Media and Open Meeting Laws

BB&K’s HongDao Nguyen and Albert Maldonado Answer Public Officials’ Questions on AB 992 on the CSDA Blog

Press Releases Jan 28, 2021

ARC: Advanced Records Center’s Christine Wood Named a Top Minority Attorney by L.A. Business Journal

A Trusted Advisor in the Business of Public Service

Press Releases Jan 26, 2021

Six BB&K Attorneys Make Southern California Super Lawyers List

BB&K Attorneys Spanning Across Los Angeles and Irvine Receive 2021 Honor

Legal Alerts Jan 25, 2021

Redistricting in California

What Public Agencies Must Know Ahead of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Data Release

Authored Articles & Publications Jan 20, 2021

Public Record Costs

Director of PRA Services and e-Discovery Counsel Christine Wood Discusses National Lawyers Guild v. City of Hayward in Sacramento Magazine

Legal Alerts Jan 19, 2021

Elected Officials Entitled to Some, Not All, Public Agency Records

Access Depends on if Record Request is from “Elected Official” or “Member of the Public”

Legal Alerts Jan 14, 2021

Wage & Hour, Leave and Other New Laws for California Employers

Part 2: New Labor & Employment Laws for Businesses and Public Agencies in 2021

Legal Alerts Jan 13, 2021

COVID-19 Laws Impacting California Employers

Part 1: New Labor & Employment Laws for Businesses and Public Agencies in 2021

Authored Articles & Publications Jan 08, 2021

Best in Law: Protecting Privacy on COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps

Glen Price Discusses Privacy Issues Around COVID-19 CA Notify App and Others

Event Jan 08, 2021

Planning, Zoning and Development Law: What's New from California's Judicial and Legislative Branches

UCLA Extension Public Policy Program's 35th Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference

Legal Alerts Jan 07, 2021

California Public Records Act Update

New CPRA Case Law and Legislation for 2021

Legal Alerts Jan 06, 2021

Court Confirms FPPC's Authority to Punish Public Agencies That Spend Undisclosed Public Money to Influence Voters at Elections

California Trial Court Rules on Campaign-Related Public Spending

Legal Alerts Jan 06, 2021

Housing and Environmental New Laws

Part 2: New Laws Impacting California Public Agencies for 2021

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

Press Releases Jan 04, 2021

New Partner, Leaders and Diversity Committee

BB&K Announces Changes for 2021

Authored Articles & Publications Dec 28, 2020

Partner Jack Clarke Honors Colleague John Brown

Riverside Lawyer Magazine Feature on Brown, the Krieger Meritorious Service Award Winner

Legal Alerts Dec 21, 2020

Special Taxes by Voter Initiative Only Require Majority Voter Approval

For the Second Time This Year, California Appellate Court Upholds Voting Requirement

Legal Alerts Dec 17, 2020

Taxpayer Actions Can be Used to Challenge Government Contracts Even After Contract Completion

California Court of Appeal Decision in School District Case Applies to Public Agencies

Legal Alerts Dec 16, 2020

New Surplus Land Act Requirements to Take Effect Jan. 1

California Public Agencies Impacted by AB 1486 Mandates

Legal Alerts Dec 14, 2020

New Tribal Consultation Process for Multi-Family Housing

California’s AB 168 Adds Requirements to Approval Process

Legal Alerts Dec 10, 2020

EPA Issues Guidance on Groundwater Releases in Wake of Maui v. Hawai’i Wildlife Fund

Clarity Provided for New “Functional Equivalent” Test

BB&K In the News Dec 08, 2020

BB&K Attorney and Barrett, The Honors College at ASU Alum Christina Morgan Profiled

The Business Practice Group Member Featured in Alumni Newsletter

Legal Alerts Dec 04, 2020

California Issues Regional Stay Home Order

New Restrictions for Regions Lacking ICU Availability

BB&K In the News Dec 03, 2020

BB&K Partner Ryan Baron Advising Calif. Cities on CCA Energy Path

Orange County Cities Seeking Guidance, According to News Reports

Press Releases Dec 02, 2020

BB&K Partners Named Coachella Valley Top Lawyers for 2020

Palm Springs Life Magazine Recognizes Henry Welles and Robert Hargreaves

Legal Alerts Dec 02, 2020

During a Pandemic, is a Grocery Store Run the Same as a Baptism Under the 1st Amendment?

SCOTUS Sets Aside New York Limits on Religious Gatherings

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 Nov 30, 2020

FPPC Finds Potential Conflict of Interest Based on Elected Officials’ Spouses’ Positions

The Spouses Work at Health Care Facilities that Compete with Project Under City Council Consideration

Event Nov 20, 2020

California Land Use Law & Policy Conference 2020

Argent Communications Group

BB&K Webinar Nov 18, 2020

Comments, Likes and Emojis, Oh My! An Update on Evolving Social Media Law for Public Officials and Agencies

BB&K Free Webinar

Legal Alerts Nov 17, 2020

Cell Site Landlords: Expect Increase in Requests to Install Generators

Don’t Surrender Your Property Rights

Legal Alerts Nov 16, 2020

CPRA Requesters Could Pay Agency Costs to Store Emails

Requesters Must Post an Undertaking if Public Agency Will Suffer Certain Damages During Injunction Proceedings

Legal Alerts Nov 10, 2020

California Clears the Path for Rentals in Residential Common Interest Developments

However, AB 3182 Creates Ambiguity for Rental Restrictions in CIDs

BB&K Event Nov 09, 2020

AEP 2020 Virtual Conference

Association of Environmental Professionals

BB&K Webinar Nov 05, 2020

Be Aware of Hot Telecommunications Issues in 2020-2021

BB&K Free Webinar

Press Releases Nov 05, 2020

BB&K’s 2021 Best Law Firms Rankings Include New Tier 1 Recognitions

Annual U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers List

Press Releases Nov 04, 2020

Labor & Employment Partner Alison Alpert Named a Woman of Influence

SD Metro Magazine Recognizes San Diego Women for their Professional Achievements

BB&K Event Oct 29, 2020

MMASC Annual Virtual Conference

Municipal Management Association of Southern California

Legal Alerts Oct 27, 2020

Calif. Housing Laws Amended by 2020 Bills

Limited Local Control, Affordable Housing Incentives and More

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

Authored Articles & Publications Oct 20, 2020

Public Officials' New Social Media Open Meeting Law

California's AB 992 Analyzed in PublicCEO by BB&K's HongDao Nguyen and Albert Maldonado

Free Webinar Oct 15, 2020

AB 1234 Ethics Training (Oct. 15, 2020)

BB&K Workshop via Webinar

BB&K Webinar Oct 08, 2020

Demonstrations and the Changing Face of Public Speech in the United States: A View from the End of Apartheid in South Africa

BB&K Free Webinar

Event Oct 07, 2020

LCC 2020 Annual Conference & Expo

League of California Cities

Press Releases Oct 01, 2020

BB&K Attorney Nowland Hong a 2020 Person of the Year

Metropolitan-News Enterprise Honors Litigator for Work on New Book “Lawyers of Los Angeles”

BB&K Webinar Sep 30, 2020

Disclosure Obligations of Issuers in Public Offerings

BB&K Free Webinar

Legal Alerts Sep 30, 2020

DOL Clarified the Federal Family First Coronavirus Response Act

New Rules and a Court Decision Followed the FFCRA’s Passage

Legal Alerts Sep 29, 2020

SB 1383 Expands Calif. Family Rights Act

New Law Takes Effect Jan. 1

Press Releases Sep 28, 2020

Partner John E. Brown Receives James H. Krieger Meritorious Service Award

Riverside County Bar Association Honors Long-Term Community Service

Legal Alerts Sep 24, 2020

Western Joshua Trees Receive Temporary Protection Under the California Endangered Species Act

Designation Impacts Local Ordinances and Developments Involving the Tree

Press Releases Sep 23, 2020

BB&K Partner Nancy Park is a Woman Worth Watching

Profiles in Diversity Journal Named the Business Practice Leader to its Annual List

Legal Alerts Sep 23, 2020

Two Courts Offer Election Guidance: Slow-Walking Ballots is Unconstitutional

Mail-In and Absentee Ballots Debated in COVID-19 Pandemic and Election Day Overlap

Client Successes Sep 22, 2020

Nevada Water Rights Victory

BB&K Attorney Rod Walston Successful in Public Trust Doctrine Dispute in Nevada Supreme Court

Press Releases Sep 22, 2020

Partner Gerry Lederer Received IMLA Outstanding Associate Member Award

Recognized for Going “Above and Beyond” in Achievements and Contributions to Organization

Legal Alerts Sep 21, 2020

AB 992: Open Meeting Laws and Social Media

New California Law Addresses Prohibition on Serial Meetings on Social Media

Event Sep 21, 2020

IMLA 2020 Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Legal Alerts Sep 17, 2020

An Extraordinary Smackdown of an Ordinary Sign Ordinance

Court Invalidates Common Sign Ordinance on First Amendment Grounds

Press Releases Sep 15, 2020

BB&K Receives High Ranks for Law Firm Diversity

Firm Leadership Renews Commitment to Supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Press Releases Sep 15, 2020

D.C. Litigator Lisa A. Bell Joins BB&K Labor & Employment Practice

Former Senior Counsel and Trial Attorney in the D.C. AG's Office

Press Releases Sep 11, 2020

BB&K Attorney Nicholaus Norvell Named a Top 40 Under 40 in San Diego

San Diego Daily Transcript Recognizes Young Professionals

Legal Alerts Sep 10, 2020

Critical Habitat Designation Regulation Change Proposed

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Proposes New Rule Regarding Exclusion of Lands from Critical Habitat for Federally Listed Species

Press Releases Sep 09, 2020

Rio Plaza Elementary Students Received Donated Backpacks Filled with Supplies

BB&K’s Annual Operation Backpack Help Students Learn at Home

BB&K Webinar Sep 08, 2020

Clearing the Haze: Demystifying Cannabis Code Enforcement

BB&K Free Webinar

Legal Alerts Sep 08, 2020

DWR Releases Draft Guidebook for 2020 Urban Water Management Plans

Stakeholders Have Until Sept. 21 to Review and Comment

Legal Alerts Sep 03, 2020

AB 3088: California Eviction Protections

The Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020

Legal Alerts Sep 02, 2020

New Filing Requirements for CEQA Documents

Significant Changes begin Nov. 3

Legal Alerts Sep 01, 2020

California Supreme Court Clarifies Ministerial vs. Discretionary Actions Under CEQA for Well Construction Permits

Decision in Protecting Our Water and Environmental Resources v. County of Stanislaus Case

BB&K In the News Sep 01, 2020

BB&K Partner Appointed to the Bench

Kara Ueda Will Serve on the Sacramento Superior Court

Authored Articles & Publications Sep 01, 2020

City Officials Must Be Neutral & Unbiased

PublicCEO Article Examines California Precedent-Setting Bias Tainting Decision

Event Aug 31, 2020

NATOA Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Event Aug 27, 2020

WRCOG Webinar: Navigating Virtual Governance and the Brown Act in a COVID-19 Climate

Western Riverside Council of Governments

Press Releases Aug 20, 2020

36 BB&K Attorneys Recognized on The Best Lawyers in America List for 2021

Three Named “Lawyers of the Year” and One Included on “Ones to Watch” List

Legal Alerts Aug 17, 2020

5G Infrastructure Decision Mixed for Local Governments

Ninth Circuit Takes on FCC Small Cell Orders

BB&K In the News Aug 14, 2020

Two BB&K Attorneys Teach Law Students in Ukraine

San Diego Lawyer Features Scott Smith’s and Elizabeth Hull’s Journey to Bring Western-Style Law Principals to Ukraine

Legal Alerts Aug 13, 2020

Challenge to Prop 15: Courts Don’t Mess with Initiatives (or AGs Who Summarize Them)

Swift Decision Rejects Ballot Language Opposition

Press Releases Aug 11, 2020

BB&K Attorneys Named to 2020 Top Lawyers in Sacramento List

Sacramento Magazine Annual List Based on Peer Votes

Authored Articles & Publications Aug 10, 2020

COVID-19 and Face Masks: Local Enforcement Tools

In PublicCEO, BB&K's Lauren Langer and Kathy Shin Discuss Ways California Cities Are Enforcing Face Covering Requirements

BB&K In the News Aug 06, 2020

BB&K Returns to Ontario as City Attorney

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Reports on Unanimous Vote by City Council

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