Practices

Practice Group Details

Public Law Litigation

Though much of the firm’s representation of cities, counties, districts, and other California public entities necessarily involves legal advice and transactional representation, many of our public law attorneys handle litigation matters, through pretrial proceedings, trial, and on appeal. Burke lawyers have extensive experience in virtually every manner of litigation affecting public entities. They include: eminent domain and inverse condemnation, elections, False Claims Act cases, Brown Act “open meetings” disputes, compliance with California’s Public Records Act, environmental and land use proceedings under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), zoning and code enforcement litigation, defense of police power and excessive force cases, employment litigation, including Skelly hearings, construction claims, public works contract disputes, claims over utility franchises, and litigation involving Government Code section 1090 conflicts of interest. Our litigators have recently been at the center of disputes arising from dissolution of the state’s redevelopment agencies, representing local public entities in disputes with the California Department of Finance.