Telephone: 760-743-1226 x108
Municipal Law, Eminent Domain, Land Acquisition, Use, and Development, CEQA/Environmental Compliance and Defense
Helen Holmes Peak practices in the area of municipal law and government relations. She has represented numerous public agencies in transactional and litigation matters in a variety of practice areas, including general municipal, land use, environmental, eminent domain, real estate transactional, elections, public contracting, and employment and personnel matters. In connection with her representation, Ms. Peak has participated in negotiations with, and hearings before, various local and state regulatory and permitting agencies. She served as Corporation Counsel of Centre City Development Corporation in San Diego (now Civic San Diego) from 2001 to 2008. Ms. Peak currently serves as the contract City Attorney for San Marcos, a position she has held since 1997.
Ms. Peak received an undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford University in 1979 and received her Juris Doctor degree in 1983 from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. Lounsbery Ferguson Altona & Peak was formed in 1996. She was previously a partner at Higgs, Fletcher & Mack and manager of its North County office in Escondido.
She is a member of the City Attorneys Association of San Diego (past President, 2004-2005 and 2017-2018). Ms. Peak has served on the Legal Advocacy Committee of the League of California Cities (2007-2009, Chair 2008-2009), and the City Attorney Department Post-Redevelopment Working Group. She is currently a member of the City Attorney Department Attorney Development and Succession Committee (2017 – present). Ms. Peak served for many years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA (1985-2019), twice having served as Board Chair. She is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.