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Charles Parkin


Welcome to the Long Beach City Attorney's homepage. On June 3, 2014, I was elected as Long Beach City Attorney to a four year term. It is my honor to serve as the City Attorney with this outstanding staff of 65 employees, including 25 attorneys. This office is committed to serving the citizens of Long Beach by providing the City with proactive, timely and accurate legal services.

The City Attorney's Office is comprised of four divisions: Departmental Counsel, Litigation, Harbor, and Workers' Compensation and has an operating budget of approximately 11.7 million dollars for fiscal year 2020. The office is the sole and exclusive legal advisor of the City, City Council and all City commissions, committees, officers and employees.

You are encouraged to review this website, as it is designed with you, the citizen, in mind. Since this is your City Attorney's office, please feel free to comment on any aspect of our work or this website.

With best regards,
Charles Parkin

Press Releases

On March 1, 2019, the California Court of Appeal reversed a jury’s verdict that would have awarded former Long Beach Police Sergeant Timothy O’Hara over $1.6 Million, based on O’Hara’s claim that former Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell disciplined him because he was a whistle blower.
On July 17, 2018, the Honorable James C. Chalfant, Judge of the Superior Court, presiding over a trial regarding the Belmont Beach and Aquatics Center (Project), issued a ruling in favor of the City and determined that the Project approvals did not violate the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and that the City Council had properly granted the height variance for the proposed pool project. 
On July 13, 2018, a Long Beach jury rejected a claim by two sisters claiming serious injuries following an automobile accident with a Long Beach Police Officer, responding to an emergency.
On July 12, 2018, unanimous Jury verdict in Favor of Defendants City of Long Beach and Long Beach Police Officer Matthew Hernandez
On June 21, 2018, a Federal Judge rejected a claim by the parents of a man shot and killed by a Long Beach Police Officer, and entered judgement in favor of the City and its officer.
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California State Bar Names Assistant City Attorney Michael J. Mais 2017 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year

Michael J. Mais
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Ethics Handbook

The City Attorney Office has recently issued an updated version of the handbook, "Ethics Guide: Long Beach City Officials & Employees".

View the Ethics Handbook