Experience

As a City Attorney:

  • Served a community of more than 75,000 residents per 2010 census (City of Indio)
  • Worked as General Counsel to City’s Redevelopment Agency and Water Authority
  • Created and acted as legal counsel for regional inter-operable communications authority (joint powers agency for police and other public safety communication)
  • Provided limited deputy city attorney and/or prosecutor services to the Cities of Garden Grove, Hawaiian Gardens, Palm Springs, San Juan Capistrano, and Tustin
  • Assisted City of La Verne as special counsel re land use matter
  • Special counsel to City of Azusa re public integrity allegation re incompatibility of offices, city council position vs. statutory regional light rail authority

Responsibilities

  • Drafted ordinances, resolutions, reports to public officials, policies
  • Served as member of management team
  • Negotiated and drafted agreements, documents and reports for development projects, real estate transactions, public works (infrastructure) projects, professional services, water service
  • Managed all litigation for City, Redevelopment Agency and Water Authority
  • Participated in all public meetings (City Council, Redevelopment Agency, Water Authority)
  • Provided extensive training for public officials
  • Served as member of California League of Cities, City Attorneys Division, Committee re Fair Political Practices Commission

Representative Transactions

  • Negotiated and Drafted Disposition and Development Agreement, Redevelopment Agency of the City of Indio and Desert Community College District, January 2011
  • Negotiated and Drafted Annual special event agreements and permits for Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, multiple years, most recent approval December 2010
  • Negotiated and Drafted Solid Waste Hauling and Recycling Franchise Agreement with Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services, LLC,  June 2010
  • Drafted New Parks Ordinance and Regulations, December 2009
  • Adjusted Utility User Tax via City initiated ballot initiative, three percent (3%) increase, November 2010
  • Drafted Indio Ticket Distribution Policy, April 2009
  • Created Eastern Riverside County Interoperable Communications Authority per Joint Exercise of Powers Act, five (5) member cities, July 2008
  • Drafted and Implemented Registration and Maintenance of Abandoned Properties Ordinance, March 2008
  • Negotiated and Drafted Regency Realty Group “Indio Towne Center Development Agreement,” Home Depot, Winco, Petco, etc.January 2007
  • Established Indio Performing Arts Center, June 2006

Representative Litigation

  • Reduced unjustified pass-through payments to local school district by fifty percent (50%) via settlement of litigation, January 2008
  • Allowed continued construction, and eventual completion and opening of Super Target store via settlement of environmental challenge, August 2007
  • Acquired land for soccer park via condemnation settlement, November 2004

As a Deputy District Attorney:

  • Coordinated investigation and prosecuted high-profile fraud cases, from intake through trial, in the following practice areas:Litigated all phases of consumer protection, environmental enforcement and occupational safety casesCoordinated investigations by local, state and national law enforcement agencies
    • banking
    • conservatorship and probate matters
    • commercial
    • consumer and government guaranteed loans
    • corporate embezzlement
    • counterfeiting
    • fiduciary elder abuse
    • identity theft
    • insurance (automobile, workers’ compensation, unemployment, and property/casualty)
    • mortgage lending
    • police matters
    • political/public integrity
    • pyramid (endless chain) schemes
    • real estate (including foreclosure and mortgage fraud)
    • securities
    • student loans
  • Created and administered educational programs for real estate and insurance industry professionals regarding fraud detection, investigation, and prevention
  • Trained and supervised new prosecutors
  • Wrote and reviewed prospective legislation
  • Awards:  Outstanding Achievement Award, 2000 (Riverside County District Attorney’s Office) Runner-Up Prosecutor of the Year, 2001 (International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators)
  • Served as Co-Chair of Real Estate Fraud Committee of California District Attorneys Association

Representing Other Parties:

  • Referred significant corporate embezzlement to and coordinated interaction with  local District Attorney’s office
  • Led and coordinated long-term multiple firm transactional and litigation representation of franchise solid waste collector/hauler re conflict of interest matter and assignment of franchise agreement in City of South Gate
  • Disposed of corporate assets of solid waste collection & hauling company
  • Advocated for supermarket chain in proposed condemnation by the Redevelopment Agency of Lake Elsinore
  • Represented multiple retired city managers re deposition testimony
  • Represented a retired city manager re controversial retirement issues
  • Served as special counsel for multi-state real estate investment company re multiple transactions and litigation re ownership and operation of apartment buildings
  • Served as special counsel for real estate development company Served as general counsel for solid waste hauling collection, hauling and recycling companies
  • Served as special counsel and interim general counsel for technology start-up company
  • Served as general counsel for real estate investment company
  • Served as general counsel for licensed assisted living facility
  • Served as special counsel, government real estate owned properties for real estate investment company