Municipal and Special District Law
- What Can Municipalities Do About Drones?December 18, 2015In an extremely short amount of time, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) have transitioned from their initial military applications to a wide range of uses by civilian government agencies, businesses, and individuals. Both the uses and owners/operators of drones will continue to proliferate as mass production improves affordability, and technological advancements make them more ... read more
Writs and Appeals
- Build the Arena, and Lawsuits Will ComeAugust 22, 2016The most valuable player in the competition to retain and recruit professional sports teams is the promise of a new arena -- multi-million dollar projects that are often controversial, particularly when public funding is involved. The critical question is how to turn the promise into reality, and the answer sheds light on strategies that can be used to help move forward all types of major ... read more
Trial and Litigation
- Guide to Defending Against Excessive Force ClaimsMay 15, 2015Peace officer conduct is under increasing scrutiny throughout the country and related litigation is rising. The fundamental principle is that the end game for each case must be determined immediately and it will both direct and drive the respective litigation plan.
In peace officer civil rights cases where the prevailing party is entitled to attorney fees, many early and critical decisions ... read more
- CEQA: New Player in Sports Stadium WarsMarch 5, 2015Ever since the Dodgers left Brooklyn for Los Angeles, cities have competed to keep or attract professional sports teams. Recent activity in the cities of Sacramento, Inglewood and Carson prove that a new state-of-the-art stadium is the most influential factor in convincing a team to stay or luring a team to move. The cities’ playbooks also reveal that an unexpected prominent player is the ... read more