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I am an Of Counsel attorney in the Municipal & Redevelopment Law practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP's Indian Wells office.  My practice areas include general municipal law, the Brown Act, conflict of interest, election law, land use and planning, initiatives and referenda, the Public Records Act, code enforcement, and Native American law issues.  I currently serve as the city attorney and redevelopment agency counsel for the City of Coachella, as assistant city attorney for the City of Needles, and as deputy city attorney for the cities of Palm Desert and Indian Wells.  I grew up in the Coachella Valley and proudly serve on several of the Valley's civic organizations.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. State & Local Law: 24%
    13 years
  2. Litigation: 24%
    13 years
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 24%
    13 years
  4. Native Peoples Law: 23%
    13 years
  5. Asylum: 5%


Payment types:

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  • John Oli Alvin Pinkney

    I endorse this lawyer. Carlos is a dedicated and well respected member of the local bar and an accomplished public lawyer. Carlos has the highest ethical standards and is a true gentleman.


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    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Stephen John Armstrong

    Carlos is a very talented attorney who will provide you with the highest quality of representation and he has an impressive education.


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    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Best Best & Krieger, Attorneys at Law

74-760 Highway 111
Suite 200
Indian Wells, CA, 92210


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 70 Lawyers in Coachella Valley,Palm Springs Life Magazine2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselBest Best & Krieger, Attorneys at Law2011 - Present
AssociateBest Best & Krieger, Attorneys at Law2002 - 2010
Research AssistantTomas Rivera Policy Institute2001 - 2002
Research AssistantInterlaw Foundation, San Jose, Costa Rica2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dr. Carreon FoundationBoard of Directors2008 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
Desert Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees2002 - Present
Inland Empire Latino Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - Present
Coachella Valley City Attorneys AssociationChair2006 - 2008
Coachella Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors2004 - 2006
Coachella Valley Mexican American Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors2002 - 2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Pitzer College (Claremont)PoliticsBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Pitzer College (Claremont)Labor StudiesBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A