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About Me

I have 18 years of experience in municipal and redevelopment law, focusing on ethics, elections and land use/zoning law.  I currently serve as city attorney for the cities of Azusa and Claremont, acting as their legal advisor on a wide variety of issues.  I have recently successfully handled a number of matters for municipal clients seeking to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries within their jurisdiction.


Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 25%
    22 years
  2. Election Campaigns & Political Law: 25%
    22 years
  3. State, Local And Municipal Law: 25%
    22 years
  4. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 25%
    22 years


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Contact Info

Best Best & Krieger, Attorneys at Law

18101 Von Karman Ave
Suite 1000
Irvine, CA, 92612



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
20 Women to WatchOC Metro Magazine2010
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Orange County's Top LawyersOC Metro Magazine2009
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Public Policy & Ethics Practice Co-ChairBest Best & Krieger, Attorneys at Law2008 - Present
PartnerBest Best & Krieger, Attorneys at Law2000 - Present
AssociateBest Best & Krieger, Attorneys at Law1992 - 1999
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1992 - Present
State Bar of California, Public Law SectionMember1992 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Mexican American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of California - IrvineSocial EcologyBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
UCLA Extension Land Use Law & Planning ConferenceUnringing the Bell: When Land Use Decision Making and Ethics Collide2011
LCC Planners Institute ConferenceRegulating Medical Marijuana2011
Best Best & Krieger WebinarGift Law Land Mines for California Public Officials to Avoid2011
Association of California Cities - Orange CountyHow to Get Things Done on the Dias2011
State Bar of California Cyber InstituteIncongruities of Medical Marijuana: An Examination of the California Attorney General Guidelines and Municipal Land Use and Police Powers2010
LCC City Attorneys ConferenceThe Incongruities of Medical Marijuana: An Examination of the California Attorney General Guidelines and Municipal Land Use and Police Powers2010
Municipal Management Assoc. of Southern California ConferenceBeing Successful with Grace & Style2009