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Joseph M. Montes

Joseph M. Montes

Partner - Los Angeles

213.236.0600 t
213.236.2736 d
213.236.2700 f

email jmontes@bwslaw.com
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Joseph Montes serves as the City Attorney for the City of Alhambra, General Counsel to the Successor Agency for the Alhambra Redevelopment Agency, City Attorney for the City of Santa Clarita, General Counsel to the Successor Agency for the Santa Clarita Redevelopment Agency, and Assistant City Attorney for the City of Rosemead.  In those capacities, Joseph has provided advice and opinions on issues involving public contracts, privatization, planning, zoning, redevelopment, elections, employment, constitutional rights, conflicts of interest, and telecommunications issues.  He has also assisted public entities with issues concerning the Brown Act, the Subdivision Map Act, Mello-Roos Community Facilities District and Improvement Bond Act of 1915 financing, the Government Tort Claims Act, the Public Records Act, Proposition 218, the Political Reform Act, the California Voting Rights Act, and CEQA.  He has drafted contracts, resolutions, ordinances, development agreements, and employee policies.

Joseph’s litigation experience has primarily involved representation of municipal entities in state and federal court.  He has  been involved in public works contract disputes, code enforcement, administrative writ proceedings, transient occupancy tax collection actions, Civil Rights abuse cases, police excessive force cases, California Government Tort Claims Act matters, assessment district foreclosures, and flood damage actions. 

In terms of land use and redevelopment, Joseph’s experience includes acquisition of land through eminent domain proceedings, negotiations for redevelopment projects and drafting of owner participation agreements and development agreements.

In law school, Joseph was a staff writer for the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Journal (1992-1993) and the Chief Note and Comment Editor (1993-1994), and received an American Juris Prudence Book Award for Trial Advocacy. 

Joseph ascribes to the philosophy, “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” (Arthur Ashe).

Presentations

  • Rules of Professional Conduct: Almost 70 New Ways to be More Ethical!, League of California Cities Annual Conference, September 2018
  • Brave New World: Preserving Client Confidentiality in a High-Tech Environment, League of California Cities Conference, October 2015
  • The California Voting Rights Act, California City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County Conference, March 2014
  • More...

Publications

Recognitions

Super Lawyers - Rising Star
  • Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers - 2012
  • Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers - 2011
  • Selected to Southern California Rising Stars - 2007
  • Selected to Southern California Rising Stars - 2006
  • Selected to Southern California Rising Stars - 2005