Adrian R. Guerra is a partner at Aleshire & Wynder with more than 14 years of experience in representing public agencies. In his practice, Mr. Guerra counsels cities on all aspects of local government. He advises housing authorities with respect to the operation and implementation of federal housing programs, including the Section 8 and Housing Management programs. Mr. Guerra also represents public agencies in general civil litigation matters, writ of mandamus proceedings, and unlawful detainer actions. Currently, Mr. Guerra serves as Special Counsel to the Housing Authority and Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles and also serves as Assistant City Attorney to the cities of Bell, La Cañada Flintridge, and Irwindale. Mr. Guerra has previously served as Assistant City Attorney to the cities of Cerritos, Huntington Park, and Monterey Park, Deputy City Attorney to the City of San Dimas, and Assistant General Counsel to the Independent Cities Risk Management Authority.
Mr. Guerra received a B.S. magna cum laude in Business Administration (Entrepreneur Program) from the University of Southern California in 1996. He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2000, where he served as President of the Latino Law Students Association. Later that year, Mr. Guerra joined the Los Angeles firm of Brown, Winfield & Canzoneri, Inc., where he began his public law career. In 2009, he continued his practice at the firm of McKenna, Long, & Aldridge. In 2013, Mr. Guerra joined Aleshire & Wynder in its Los Angeles office.
During his entire career, Mr. Guerra has advised cities on all aspects municipal law. Mr. Guerra regularly advises city councils, planning commissions, and City staff on ordinance, resolution and contract preparation and interpretation, the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, CEQA, administrative law and all land use matters.
Mr. Guerra advises housing authorities with respect to the operation and implementation of federal housing programs. He has guided these clients in the development, interpretation, and enforcement of Administrative Plans for the Section 8 Program and Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policies for Conventional Housing Programs. Mr. Guerra also represents these public agencies in response to complaints filed under the U.S. Fair Housing Act and California Federal Employment and Housing Act. He has also provided guidance to ensure compliance with state and federal relocation requirements.
Mr. Guerra also regularly represents public agencies in litigation matters. Mr. Guerra has defended writ of mandamus actions that challenge land use decisions, Section 8 Program terminations, and other administrative hearing officer decisions. He has defended actions alleging violations of 42 U.S.C. §1983 and other equal protection laws and general civil litigation matters, including breach of contract. Mr. Guerra has also prosecuted unlawful detainer actions on behalf of the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.