Municipal Law

For four decades, the attorneys of Lounsbery Ferguson Altona & Peak have represented the interests of public agencies.  Firm attorneys are serving or have served as contract City Attorney and special counsel for many different agencies. Areas of representation include the following:


  • Public agency governance, including drafting legislation and accompanying documentation, conflict of interest reviews, ethics and regulatory reporting requirements, Brown Act requirements, Public Records Act requests
  • Land use regulations, including zoning, annexation, development agreements
  • Land use entitlements, exactions, mitigation fees
  • Environmental regulation, CEQA and NEPA compliance
  • Public works contracting
  • Affordable housing requirements
  • ADA and public safety compliance
  • Personnel matters, including disciplinary appeal hearings
  • Post-redevelopment matters as they relate to successor agencies, oversight boards and successor housing entities
  • Special projects

Election Law

  • Compliance with election laws
  • Assistance with the conduct of municipal elections
  • Investigations regarding campaign contributions or elections matters
  • Assistance with the initiative petition process, including the conduct of special elections


  • Prosecution and defense of writs of mandamus relating to legislative actions, elections proceedings and actions to enforce constitutional rights
  • Prosecution and defense of matters relating to development entitlements, mitigation requirements and environmental compliance documentation
  • Eminent domain, including initial preparation and project planning, and inverse condemnation matters
  • Prosecution of code enforcement matters
  • Pension reform
  • Special projects