Amy is a Senior Attorney in the Public Law Department and Labor and Employment Department of RWG, with more than 35 years of experience representing public entities on advisory and litigation matters. Amy’s primary areas of focus include mobilehome park rent control and regulation, land use, zoning and CEQA matters, accommodating individuals with disabilities in employment and in the provision of governmental programs, services and activities under the Americans With Disabilities Act and California disability access laws, labor and employment matters, and all other aspects of municipal governance, including the interpretation and application of the Brown Act, Public Records Act, and Political Reform Act.
Work for Clients
Amy serves as the City Attorney for the City of Calimesa, Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of Laguna Niguel, Yucaipa and Seal Beach, and also advises a wide range of departments for other firm clients including Indio, Palmdale, and Santa Barbara.
Prior to joining RWG in 1999, Amy served as Litigation Specialist-Deputy City Attorney for the City of Anaheim, and also served as a partner with the law firm of Brunick, Alvarez & Battersby, where she was Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of Calimesa and Yucaipa, Deputy City Attorney for the City of Highland, and served as special counsel to the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, the San Bernardino Community College District, and several county water districts. Amy also previously served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Garden Grove, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Oceanside, and Deputy City Attorney for the Cities of Claremont and La Verne.
Professional and Community Affiliations
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
United States District Court, Central District
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1994.
- Robinson v. City of Yucaipa, 28 Cal.App.4th 1506 (1994) (Represented the City of Yucaipa in defending a challenge to capital improvement rent adjustment procedures under the city’s mobilehome park rent control ordinance.)
- City of Highland v. County of San Bernardino, 4 Cal.App.4th 1174 (1992) (Successfully prevailed in challenge to the county’s determination of the city’s property tax share following incorporation.)
Amy’s notable projects and experience include:
- Regularly serves as legal advisor to city councils and planning commissions on land use, zoning and CEQA matters.
- Regularly serves as legal counsel advising mobilehome park rent control administrative bodies or as staff advocate on rent increase applications.
- Regularly serves as legal advisor to personnel appeals boards on discipline and other civil service matters.
- Provides ongoing advice and drafting of mobilehome park rent control ordinances, guidelines and forms for several cities.
- Extensive experience drafting and updating ordinances addressing mobilehome park conversions for several cities.
- Extensive experience providing advice and assistance in developing policies and procedures to comply with disability access laws in programs, services and activities, with emphasis on recreational programs and service animals.
- Ongoing legal advice and assistance to public agencies in connection with personnel investigations into complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination and other workplace issues and related discipline issues.
- Ongoing legal advisory work in connection with employment-related disability accommodation issues, family medical leave and other leaves, and recruitment, training and other personnel issues, as well as collective bargaining, grievances and other representation matters.
- Served on the Ad Hoc Due Process Committee for the League of California Cities (2009-2011).
- Served on the Municipal Law Handbook Editorial Committee for the League of California Cities (2012-2014).
- Alert // The Model Notice Regarding Disability Access Laws Is Now Available in Six Languages on the Division of the State Architect Website03.07.2019
- Alert // The Model Notice Regarding Disability Access Laws Is Available on the Division of the State Architect Website01.02.2019
- Alert // Cities Must Provide Public Notice Regarding Disability Access Laws to Applicants for Commercial Construction Building Permits and Business Licenses12.19.2018
Amy has delivered presentations before public officials and employees, and public and private lawyers on a wide variety of topics ranging from due process in administrative proceedings, the Ralph M. Brown Act, the Public Records Act, Conflicts of Interest, AB 1234 Ethics Training, Fitness for Duty, to labor and personnel issues.
- “Public Records and Attorney Invoices Following LA County Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court” (Orange County City Attorney’s Association 2017)
- “Constructing Due Process Walls Following Sabey & Howitt” (League of California Cities Annual Conference, 2013)
- “Legal Nuts and Bolts of Mobile Home Acquisition and Relocation” (Chapter 67-IRWA 2011 Spring Seminar)
- “Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law 2009” (Tri-County Attorneys Association 2009)
- “AB 1234 Ethics Training” (Webinar, Richards, Watson & Gershon 2008)
- “The FMLA/CFRA Minefield” (Seminar, HR Teleconferences 2007)
- “Auditing Personnel Files” (CALPELRA Annual Conference, 2007)
- “Fitness for Duty: A Practical and Legal Approach” (Seminar, CALPELRA Annual Conference, 2004 and 2005)
- “The Ralph M. Brown Act: Open Meetings in California” (Seminar, Lorman Educational Seminars, 2004 and 2005)
- “Public Sector Labor and Employment Issues” (Seminar, 77th Annual California State Bar Conference, 2004)
- “HIPAA: An Employer’s Guide to Navigating the Requirements of the Privacy Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” (Seminar, Richards, Watson & Gershon 2003)
- “Discrimination and Harassment in Hiring, Promotions and Assignments” (Seminar, CALPELRA Annual Conference, 2003)
- “Security, Discipline and Privacy Issues in Public Schools” (Paper, CALPELRA Annual Conference, 2001)
- “Elder Abuse Issues Under California Law” (Paper, CALPELRA Annual Conference, 2000)
- ACC-OC (Association of California Cities Orange County) Lunch & Learn, 03.25.2020
- Due Process Walls in the City Attorney’s Office: Safeguarding Fair Hearings10.2013Western City Magazine
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz