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Marvin Bonilla

Associate | Los Angeles


Marvin E. Bonilla represents clients in a variety of civil litigation matters.  Marvin's practice focuses on writ proceedings and appellate matters, including cases related to land use and zoning regulations and cases under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In addition, Marvin has experience representing public agencies in litigation involving governmental tort liability, inverse condemnation, and municipal code enforcement.

Work for Clients

Marvin has represented the Cities of Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, Covina, Manhattan Beach, San Marino, and Temecula.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Richards, Watson & Gershon in 2015, Marvin worked as a litigation associate at White & Case LLP.  During law school, he was a judicial extern for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Honors & Awards

Production Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

Professional and Community Affiliations

Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association



  • San Marino Heritage, et al. v. City of San Marino. Successful defense of city’s use of categorical exemption under CEQA and determination that no historic resource was present; no appeal filed.
  • The Inland Oversight Committee v. City of Covina. Successful defense of city’s use of mitigated negative declaration under CEQA; no appeal filed.
  • Armato v. City of Manhattan Beach. Successful defense of city’s issuance of coastal development permit and interpretation of height restriction ordinances.


Practice Areas


J.D., cum laude, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

B.A., cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles

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