Michael Jenkins

Mr. Jenkins currently serves as City Attorney for the cities of Hermosa Beach, Rolling Hills and West Hollywood, as General Counsel to the Los Angeles County West Vector Control District and the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District, as General Counsel to the South Bay Cities Council of Governments, and as special counsel for numerous municipalities around the State, including Torrance, Oceanside, Fresno and Palo Alto.  Mr. Jenkins has previously served as city attorney for the cities of Avalon, Hidden Hills, La Habra Heights, Malibu, Solvang and Westlake Village.  Mr. Jenkins was named among California’s Top 25 Municipal Lawyers in a special insert of the Daily Journal, the largest newspaper serving the legal profession and covering the California courts. He was profiled in a special Municipal Law supplement edition of the paper. Mr. Jenkins has also each been named a SuperLawyer® by his peers seven times, including for 2012.

Prior to establishing the firm with Ms. Hogin, Mr. Jenkins was a senior shareholder at Richards, Watson & Gershon, where he specialized in the practice of municipal law since joining the firm in 1978.   During his tenure at the firm, he served for many years on its Management Committee and as Chair of its Public Law Department.

In the course of his career, Mr. Jenkins has developed expertise in many facets of public law, including municipal incorporation, constitutional law, land use regulation, public works construction, open meetings law, elections law and municipal litigation.  Mr. Jenkins has been responsible for the legal affairs of a diverse array of Southern California municipalities.

Mr. Jenkins’ statewide stature in the field of municipal law is evidenced by his service as President of the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities (1993), his leadership in co-authoring the original version of the League’s Municipal Law Handbook and chairing the League’s Brown Act Committee, in which capacity he negotiated on behalf of California cities major changes to the State’s open meeting laws, which took effect in 1994.  Most recently, he served as Editor for Open & Public III, the League’s manual on the Brown Act.  Mr. Jenkins also served as President of the City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County and Member of the Executive Committee of the Public Law Section of the State Bar (and Editor of the Section Newsletter).

Mr. Jenkins is also a devoted educator in his field.  For the past sixteen years he has taught local government law at the University of Southern California Law Center.  He is a frequent lecturer on municipal law subjects and has authored numerous published articles in the field.  During 1994-1996, he advised the California Constitutional Revision Commission on behalf of the League of Cities with respect to home rule issues affecting both charter and general law cities.  Mr. Jenkins is the author of numerous training programs and exercises for lawyers in his field.