Emily Webb specializes in land use and regulatory issues. Emily provides strategic counsel to, and litigates on behalf of, public agencies and private clients, including numerous California cities, property owners, and developers. Emily is currently the City Attorney for the City of La Palma and the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Yorba Linda. In addition, Emily serves as deputy City Attorney to Laguna Beach, Irvine, and Dana Point.
Emily has advised a wide variety of public agency clients on issues relating to both federal and state laws concerning municipal government, land use, redevelopment, housing, water, environmental protection and labor/employment. Her practice regularly involves advising clients on the Planning and Zoning Law, the California Environmental Quality Act, the Brown Act, the California Public Records Act, the Political Reform Act, and labor and employment matters.
In addition to her land use and general municipal work, Emily has specialized in public sector employment and personnel law and litigation during her time at Rutan. She has litigation experience in most areas involving employment law, including the representation of cities, police departments, and other public agencies. She has represented school districts at administrative hearings relating to suspensions and terminations, and advised a wide variety of public sector clients on their personnel policies and procedures.
Additionally, she has represented city clients at city council meetings, planning commission meetings, administrative hearings and code enforcement proceedings. She has also assisted city clients by providing guidance concerning Constitutional matters.
Areas of Expertise
- Civil Litigation
- California Environmental Quality Act
- Municipal & Government Agency Law
- Education Law
- Drafted Solar Permitting Ordinances for various of southern California cities
- Drafted various land use agreements for cities, including Density Bonus Agreements and Transfers of Development Rights
- Reviewing and commenting on the legal sufficiency of environmental documents (e.g., EIR for Concordia University Major Modification and Conditional Use Permit)
- Ongoing representation of Palomar Community College District in employment and education law matters, including Skelly hearings
- Successful defense of projects from CEQA challenges (e.g., Citizens About Responsible Planning v. City of Long Beach)
- Successful defense of developer against the imposition of fees (Award Homes v. County of San Benito)
- Ongoing representation of the City of Irvine in First Amendment litigation
- Ongoing representation of the City of Newport Beach in inverse condemnation litigation