Chris F. Neumeyer is City Attorney for the City of Laguna Niguel and the City of Morro Bay, and he is a partner in the Irvine Office. Mr. Neumeyer provides legal counsel on a broad range of issues, including contract formation and negotiation, constitutional law, drafting and amending ordinances and resolutions, election law, First Amendment law, public works projects, the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act, land use and zoning, conflicts of interest, the Public Records Act, and cannabis law. Mr. Neumeyer also specializes in civil litigation, with a focus on business disputes, tort liability, injunctive relief and appeals.
A graduate from Georgetown Law School and UC Berkeley, Mr. Neumeyer represents clients in both transactional matters as well as litigation. He provides legal guidance to elected officials and public agency staff on a wide array of matters. He advises clients on both citizen and agency sponsored ballot measures, special and regular elections, and the federal and California Voting Rights Acts. His expertise in First Amendment law includes forum analysis, commercial speech, the Establishment Clause, and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). He counsels clients on the intersection between the law and technology, such as use of social media and retention of electronic documents. Mr. Neumeyer is an expert in cannabis law, in both enforcing prohibitions as well as the regulation and taxation of cannabis, with a comprehensive background in state law, local ordinances, and the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Litigation successes include two published appellate decisions which in collaboration with his associates were victories for his client: Costa Mesa v. D'Alessio Investments, LLC, 214 Cal. App. 4th 358 (2013); and Maddox v. Costa Mesa, 193 Cal. App. 4th 1098 (2011).