Christi Hogin
Christi Hogin currently serves as City Attorney for the cities of Lomita, Malibu and Palos Verdes Estates.  She also serves as Assistant City Attorney in West Hollywood and provides legal services to other firm clients. Before establishing the firm with Mike Jenkins, Christi viewed municipal law from a number of perspectives: two large firms, an in-house office and even a tour of duty as an Interim City Manager. She worked for Malibu from its incorporation in 1991 (and before that provided legal services to the city council-elect), including 5 years as in house city attorney from 1994 until June 1999. Christi has advised and represented many public agencies, including cities, redevelopment agencies and rent control boards. She specializes in land use, rent control, coastal and election law. She is active in the League of California Cities. She chairs the Coastal City Attorneys Caucus. She twice edited of the Environmental Protection section for this 2010 revisions to the Municipal Law Handbook and served as the Chair of the Municipal Law Handbook Editorial Committee for the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions. She also represented the City Attorneys Department on the League’s Environmental Quality Policy Committee. Christi is a past President of the City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County.   Christi was twice named (2011 and 2012) among California’s Top 25 Municipal Lawyers by the legal newspaper Daily Journal, the largest newspaper serving the legal profession, covering the California courts and has been recognized as among Los Angeles' Top Women Lawyers for several years including the current year. She was profiled in a special Municipal Law supplement edition of the paper and has been honored as among the Top Women Lawyers in California.  Christi has also each been named a SuperLawyer® by her peers twelve times, including for 2017.

Christi Hogin has an active mandamus and appellate litigation practice. Her published cases include the following:

City of Malibu v. California Coastal Commission (2012) 206 Cal.App.4th 549 (local control and Coastal Act case);

Chung v. City of Monterey Park (2012) 210 Cal.App.4th 394 (CEQA and ballot measure election case);

Santa Monica Baykeeper v. City of Malibu (2011) 193 Cal.App.4th 1538 (CEQA case); Ross v. California Coastal Com. (2011) 199 Cal.App.4th 900 (local coastal program amendment and CEQA);

Hoffman Street, LLC v. City of West Hollywood (2009) 179 Cal.App.4th 754 (statutory interpretation case re affordable housing and moratoria);

Save Tara v. City of West Hollywood (2008) 45 Cal.4th 116 (CEQA case involving environmental review of conditional agreement between city and non-profit affordable housing provider);

City of Port Hueneme v. Oxnard Harbor Dist. (2007) 146 Cal.App.4th 511 (statutory construction case);

Pope v. Superior Court (2006) 136 Cal.App.4th 871 (term limits initiative; challenge to candidate's name on the ballot);

Trancas Property Owners Assn. v. City of Malibu (2006) 138 Cal.App.4th 172 (Procedural issue);

Taxpayers for Liable Communities v. City of Malibu (2005) 126 Cal. App. 4th 1124 (Brown Act/Open Meeting Law case); Visher v. City of Malibu, 126 Cal.App.4th 364 (2005) (anti-SLAPP suit case);

City of Malibu v. California Coastal Com'n (2004) 121 Cal.App.4th 989 (special legislation referendum case);

City of Malibu v. Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (2002) 98 Cal.App.4th 1379 (state owned property subject to City zoning laws);

Trancas Property Owners Assn v. City of Malibu (1998) 61 Cal.App.4th 1058 (deference to local agency interpretation);

Las Tunas Geologic Hazard Abatement District v. City of Malibu (1996) 38 Cal.App.4th 1002 (statutory interpretation)

Re-Open Rambla Inc. v. Board of Supervisors, 39 Cal.App.4th 1499 (1995) (newly incorporated city's responsibility for county roads);

City of West Hollywood v. Beverly Towers (1992) 52 Cal.3d 1184 (vested rights in the condominium conversion context);

People v. Scott, 20 Cal.App.4th Supp. 5 (1993) (constitutionality of local no camping ordinance);

Getz v. City of West Hollywood, 233 Cal.App.3d 625 (1991) (rent control case);

West Hollywood Concerned Citizens v. City of West Hollywood, 232 Cal.App.3d 486 (1991) (rent control case);

Amicus Briefs: Marine Forests v. California Coastal Commission (2005) 36 Cal.4th 1104 (amicus brief case involving separation of powers); Del Oro Hills v. City of Oceanside (1995) 31 Cal.App.4th 1060 (amicus brief; damages in Atakings case); Consaul v. City of San Diego (1992) 6 Cal.App.4th 1781 (filed amicus brief; vested rights in land development context) 

Christi Hogin’s publications include the following:


  • Author, Public Policy U-Turn SB743’s Potential Significant (and Insignificant) Effects, Advanced CEQA Seminar LSI, 2014
  • Author, “Fair Share” Payment or Lip-Service Mitigation? Advanced CEQA Seminar LSI, 2013
  • Author, Sober Living Businesses in Residential Zones, Western City Magazine Oct 2014
  • Author, The Decline of the Social Model and the Rise of the Rehab Riviera: Regulating Sober Living Homes, League of California Cities Planners Institute (2013) and California Contract Cities (2014)
  • Author, "Because Property and Communities are Inextricably Linked, Bell 'Tolls for Thee:' A Look at the Impact of the Bell Scandal for Real Estate Professionals," USC 2011 Real Estate Law & Business Forum
  • Author, "Litigation Update: Recent Court Decisions that Affect Planning Decisions," League of California Cities Planners Institute, March 2011
  • Author, "eDiscovery, Electronic Records and Other Virtual Headaches for the Custodian or Records," California City Clerks Association, 2010
  • Author, "Public Access and the Coastal Act," Coastal Law CLE Seminar, 2010
  • Author, "Advising Cities on Green Strategies if You’re Not Mr. Science, Esq.," League Continuing Legal Education, February 2009
  • Author, "Building Green With Carrots & Sticks," Western Cities Magazine, May 2008
  • Author, "Building Green with Carrots & Sticks the City Attorney's Guide", League of California Cities, City Attorneys Department September 2007
  • Author, "LCP Amendments in Theory and in Practice," CLE International Seminars, December 2007
  • Author, "CEQA: Knowing the Environmental Impact & Managing the Lawyer Magnet," Planners Institute 2006
  • Author, "Planning for the Legal Challenge: Success in the Courtroom Begins in Council Chambers," Planners Institute, 2008
  • Author, "Making the CEQA Record," CLE International Seminars, 2007
  • Author, "The Struggle for Local Control: An Update from the Coastal Frontline The Public Law Journal" (Summer 2003);
  • Author, "Can Barbra Streisand Confer Governmental Immunities to the Father of the Bride? And other Modern Dilemmas of Governmental Immunities", League of California Cities, City Attorneys Department, 2002
  • Author, "The Impact of Cityhood on Land Use, Real Estate Section," Los Angeles County Bar Association, October 2002
  • Author, "The Building Permit Rule is Alive and Living in California: A Second Look at the Vested Rights Doctrine," Shepard's California Land Use Reporter, 1993
  • Author, "Things That Can Be Regulated Outside: Camping in Public Places and Street Vendors," League of California Cities, City Attorneys Department, 1992
  • Contributing Author, Municipal Law Handbook, California League of Cities, 1993 (authored section on Water Quality), 2010 (edited Environmental Protection chapter), 2011 (chaired committee of editors)
  • Contributing Author, A Municipal Law Practitioner's Directory, League of California Cities, 1995 (authored section on contracts with special counsel)
  • Co-Author, "The Rent Control Wars: An Update from the Front," California Land Use Institute, 1991

Christi received her B.A. degree in 1985 from the University of California at Los Angeles, in Political Science and Women's Studies and was elected to Phi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honor society. She received her J.D. 1988, Washington College of Law, American University, where she served as the Managing Editor, American University Law Review