About

At Harper & Burns LLP,  we provide our public agency clients with the highest level of expertise on how to successfully navigate a complex and constantly changing field of regulations. We enjoy the highest peer reviewed Martindale-Hubbell rating (“AV”) for legal talent and ethics. We pride ourselves on our delivery of the highest quality legal services on a cost effective and timely basis.

Our expertise in public agency law allows us to represent a broad array of public agencies. In addition to cities, our lawyers represent the Orange County Vector Control District, Costa Mesa Sanitary District, Home Gardens Sanitary District, Rubidoux Community Services District, Trona Unified School District, and represented various water agencies over the past thirty years, most notably Apple Valley Water District, Big Bear Municipal Water District, Chino Basin Municipal Water District, Indian Wells County Water District, and Lake Arrowhead Community Services District as General Counsel and the Irvine Ranch Water District as Special Counsel.

Together with our clients we get the job done, and help develop a better future for the citizens and the community.

Harper & Burns LLP is peer review rated as having the highest level of professional excellence.

Municipal Legal Services

Decades of experience provide our attorneys with a unique understanding of municipal law. We have prepared countless legal documents, contracts, ordinances, and resolutions; vigorously defended public agencies in litigation; initiated litigation at the direction of the agency; implemented the legal aspects of policies set by the Council or Board; and minimize exposure to the agencies we represent through insurance and indemnity.

Our public agency lawyers are knowledgeable in all areas of municipal law, problem solvers able to identify and explain risk. We understand politics, but are not political, and provide fair, objective advice on all legal issues.

Our lawyers have successfully represented a prestigious roster of public agencies as general counsel or on a special project basis over the past three decades:

  • City of Adelanto
  • City of Anaheim
  • City of Big Bear
  • City of Brea
  • City of Carlsbad
  • City of Colton
  • City of Dinuba
  • City of El Cajon
  • City of Fountain Valley
  • City of Fresno
  • City of Fullerton
  • City of Garden Grove
  • City of Grand Terrace
  • City of Huntington Beach
  • City of Huntington Park
  • City of Imperial
  • City of Indian Wells
  • City of Irwindale
  • City of La Habra Heights
  • City of La Palma
  • City of Laguna Niguel
  • City of Lake Elsinore
  • City of Lake Forest
  • City of Los Alamitos
  • City of Los Angeles
  • City of Murrieta
  • National City
  • City of Newport Beach
  • City of Norco
  • City of Orange
  • City of Palm Desert
  • City of Pasadena
  • City of Placentia
  • City of Pomona
  • City of Redondo Beach
  • City of Rancho Santa Margarita
  • City of San Clemente
  • City of San Diego
  • City of San Marcos
  • City of Santa Monica
  • City of Seal Beach
  • City of Simi Valley
  • City of Stanton
  • City of Tustin
  • City of Winters
  • Big Bear Municipal Water District
  • Costa Mesa Sanitary District
  • Home Gardens Sanitary District
  • Indian Wells County Water District
  • Lake Arrowhead Community Services District
  • Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District
  • Orange County Sanitation District
  • Rubidoux Community Services District
  • Trona Unified School District