Alena Shamos, Senior Counsel


760-743-1226 x109



New Rules on Demurring and Conferring in 2016,

Ruling Maintains Funding of Essential Services

Practice Areas:

Litigation and Dispute ResolutionEminent Domain/Inverse Condemnation, Employment, Municipal Law, Private Election Remedies, CEQA/Environmental Compliance and Defense[/

As Senior Counsel, Ms. Shamos’ practice focuses on Writs, Civil Appeals and Civil Litigation. Her Writ practice includes Election Law, Governmental Authority, Redevelopment Dissolution, California Public Records Act litigation, Land Use (including environmental litigation [CEQA and NEPA] and entitlement challenges), Constitutional Challenges as well as other complex public agency issues.  Her Civil Litigation practice encompasses a wide variety of matters including Business Disputes, Partition, Quiet Title, Unlawful Detainer, Contract Disputes, as well as Real Estate and Tort Disputes. Her Appellate practice encompasses all areas of her practice.

Ms. Shamos represents both governmental and private entities and has appeared before the California Superior Court, various California Appellate Districts and the California Supreme Court.

Ms. Shamos presently serves as a Deputy City Attorney for the cities of San Marcos and Lemon Grove and represents various other public entities in San Diego County in her capacity as Special Counsel. In addition, Ms. Shamos served on the City of Chula Vista’s Campaign Contribution Ordinance Enforcement Authority Panel for the 2018  election cycle and is currently serving on the 2020 Panel.

Ms. Shamos was acknowledged as an Attorney Reviewer for the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Editions of the California Municipal Law Handbook. Her recent publications include, “New Rules on Demurring and Conferring in 2016″ (San Diego Attorney Journal and Orange County Attorney Journal, May 2016).

In 1997 Ms. Shamos earned a Bachelor of the Arts from San Diego State University in International Business. She received her Juris Doctor degree from University of San Diego School of Law in 2001, was admitted to the California State Bar later that year and joined Lounsbery Ferguson Altona & Peak LLP in 2004.

Ms. Shamos is an active member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit as well as the District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of California.

She is a member of the San Diego Appellate American Inn of Court, the State Bar’s Public Law Section along with the Litigation, Environmental and Appellate Law Sections of the San Diego County Bar Association.