Brendan B. Kearns advises municipalities and public agencies on a variety of public law issues with a particular focus on land use, elections, affordable housing, and economic development.
Work for Clients
Brendan serves as Deputy City Attorney for the Cities of Calimesa, Jurupa Valley, and Manhattan Beach.
Prior to joining Richards, Watson & Gershon in 2015, Brendan spent nearly four years with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Presidential Management Fellow. In this appointed position, he worked extensively on federal efforts to improve the safety and energy efficiency of the nation’s housing stock. He also performed pro bono work on behalf of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program — a non-profit law firm that provides free legal services to low-income residents of the District of Columbia.
While in law school, Brendan served as editor-in-chief of the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy.
- Alert // Governor Signs Executive Order Generally Suspending the Application of AB 361 until October 1, 202109.22.2021
- Alert // Cities Can Consider Aesthetics When Regulating Wireless Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way09.22.2016
- Event // The Brown Act After COVID-19: Recent Developments, Enduring ChallengesCAALAC (City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County), 02.17.2022
- Presentation // Virtual Public Meetings under AB 361: New Law, Familiar ChallengesIndependent Special Districts of Orange County Quarterly Meeting, 10.28.2021
- Presentation // Meeting Management: Tips for Efficient and Effective Public Meetings2020 League of California Cities Planning Commissioners Academy, 03.05.2020
- Down for the Count: Overcoming the Census Bureau’s Neglect of the Homeless04.2012Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Vol. 8
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles