The firm’s litigation attorneys have substantial experience in representing both public agencies and private clients in civil lawsuits in state and federal courts. Our attorneys work closely with clients and public agency risk managers to realistically evaluate claims, liability, damages and potential defense costs.

We develop strategies to prevent litigation, or to settle litigation when that serves the client’s best interests, and we are aggressive advocates for our clients in court when litigation is the best strategy. We strive to reduce the costs of litigation for our clients in every way possible, such as shifting costs to third parties. As municipal law specialists, we are uniquely qualified to defend public agencies in a wide variety of claims and lawsuits.

Our areas of litigation expertise include the following:

  • ADA
  • Ralph M. Brown Act
  • CEQA
  • Civil Rights
  • Construction Law
  • Contract Disputes
  • Dangerous Conditions of Public Property
  • Eminent Domain/Inverse Condemnation
  • Employment – Public and Private
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Records Act
  • Torts and Personal Injury
  • Trusts
  • Writs

Steven E. Boehmer is the firm’s lead attorney for litigation services.

Success Stories

Shames v. UCAN

Successfully obtained a plaintiff’s verdict for breach of employment contract and successfully defended the employee against a cross-complaint for breach of fiduciary duty.

Uremovic v. City of Coronado

Successfully defeated a petition for writ of mandate for the release of confidential transient occupancy tax records.

Tolbert v. City of El Cajon

Successfully obtained a defense verdict after jury trial for the City of El Cajon in a $15,000,000.00 lawsuit for inverse condemnation, dangerous condition, nuisance and trespass arising from a major landslide.

Galardi v. City of El Cajon

Successfully obtained a defense verdict after jury trial for the City of El Cajon in this lawsuit for loss of goodwill by a franchisor related to the City’s acquisition of property using eminent domain.

Adebayo v. Metropolitan Transit System

Successfully obtained a defense verdict after jury trial, affirmed on appeal, in a lawsuit involving civil rights violation and excessive force claims against MTS code compliance inspectors.

Gibbs v. City of Del Mar

Successfully defended city in a case involving a disability discrimination claim.

Swiney v. City of El Cajon

Successfully obtained defense verdict after jury trial in a case involving a gender discrimination claim.

Foley v. City of Coronado

Favorable settlement reached for City of Coronado in civil suit for negligence and excessive force related to shooting of former San Diego Charger Steve Foley by off duty Coronado police officer.