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Rachel H. Richman

Rachel H. Richman

Partner - Los Angeles

213.236.0600 t
213.236.2828 d
213.236.2700 f

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Ms. Richman is a partner in the firm’s Public Law practice group.  Ms. Richman has provided contract city attorney and general counsel services to public agencies throughout California for nearly 20 years. 

Currently, Ms. Richman is the City Attorney for the City of Delano and the City of Rosemead; Commission Counsel to the Successor Agency of the Rosemead Community Development Commission; Assistant City Attorney for the City of Alhambra, Assistant General Counsel to the Successor Agency to the Alhambra Redevelopment Agency; and Assistant City Attorney for the City of Santa Clarita and Legal Counsel to the Santa Clarita Manufactured Home Rent Control Panel.  She is the former City Attorney to the City of Arvin, and former General Counsel to the Arvin Community Redevelopment Agency.

Ms. Richman has extensive experience providing legal and practical advice to city councils, agency boards, city managers, department heads, and staff on a broad range of issues including planning and zoning, CEQA, conflicts of interest, open meeting laws, public contracting, prevailing wages,  public records, first amendment issues, code enforcement, elections, ADA and mobile home regulations.  She drafts opinions, ordinances, resolutions, and negotiates and drafts agreements.  She attends as legal counsel, city council meetings, planning commission meetings, and mobile home rent control panel meetings. 

Ms. Richman is experienced working on behalf of cities with developers on commercial, residential, and mixed use projects.  She has negotiated and drafted development agreements, exclusive negotiating agreements, owner participation and disposition and development agreements, and affordable housing agreements.  She has worked on general plan updates, specific plans and amendments, first time home buyer agreements, facade improvement agreemetns, and reviewing and advising on CEQA documents.  

Ms. Richman handles various aspects of labor and employment matters.  These matters include responding to DFEH complaints, discipline and grievance matters, drafting personnel policies and working with the city’s team for labor negotiations. 

Ms. Richman regularly handles issues related to public works construction projects, including development of notices inviting bids, to reviewing bids and recommendation of award, she has dealt with challenges to the low bidder as well as advising on dealing with construction delays, stop notices, liquidated damages issues and prevailing wage issues.

Ms. Richman also has experience in eminent domain on behalf of cities, agencies, and for the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority involving pre-condemnation activities, initiation of condemnation actions, and drafting and negotiating settlement agreements.  She is also cognizant of the public concerns that exist with the use of eminent domain.

Ms. Richman provides training on ethics, municipal governance ADA inclusion requirements and transparency laws to firm clients as well as providing presentations at various municipal conferences.

While at law school, Ms. Richman was a member of Loyola's Moot Court Honors Board (1998-1999) and received "Top Ten Brief" recognition.  Ms. Richman was on the National Moot Court team and winner of the Regional National Moot Court competition.  During law school she was a law clerk for the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Counsel's Public Works Department.

Presentations

  • FPPC Update, League of California Cities City Attorney Conference, May 2017
  • Case Studies on Placement of Telecom Facilities in Cities' Public Rights-of-Way - "Can You Hear Me Now?", SCAN NATOA (Telecommunications Association), June 2016
  • Inclusion Services Under the ADA and Methods for Compliance, a Case by Case Approach, Inclusion Services Summit, CPRS District 14, 03.01.2015
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