“I consider it an honor to become a part of the talented team of attorneys at RPLG,” said Jim. “I look forward to working alongside Louise, Jon, Art, and the other members of the RPLG team. RPLG has a passion for public law that shows in its service to its clients and its contributions to public law at the state and local levels. I am excited to share my experience with our clients and to support the important work that public agencies do.”
A recipient of the County Counsels Association of California’s Recognition Award for Outstanding Service, Jim has served as in-house counsel to counties throughout California for over 26 years. While in-house counsel, he advised more than 20 departments, including the County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, Planning Director, Public Works Director, Sheriff, Public Guardian/Conservator, and Health and Human Services Director. He also served as the City Attorney for Marysville and advised several special districts, including the Shasta County Water Agency, Shasta County Air Pollution Control Board, Ventura County Fire Protection District, and the Rancho Murrieta Community Services District.
Jim’s career highlights include participating in a statewide working group and negotiating group to resolve issues relating to distribution of funds from opioid litigation settlements; successfully resolving an Americans with Disabilities lawsuit against an aging correctional facility; advising on the formation of a Geological Hazard Abatement District which also included a FEMA property acquisition component; and participating in a trial team successfully defending a city against claims of inverse condemnation arising out of significant flood events.
“Jim’s extensive experience working with counties in municipal law aligns perfectly with RPLG’s values and mission,” said Managing Partner Jon Holtzman. “We’re excited to welcome him as Of Counsel and look forward to the valuable insights he’ll provide to our clients and our firm.”
Jim holds a B.S. in business administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis.
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