Elena Gerli has over a decade experience representing public entities. Her areas of expertise include zoning and land use, CEQA, ordinance drafting, general plan amendments, First Amendment, constitutional law, marijuana regulation and control, fair housing and group home regulation, and guiding local governments through complex quality of life issues such as homelessness and public nuisance abatement. Ms. Gerli regularly assists the firm’s client cities on various day-to-day needs including legal research and drafting of legal opinions; preparation of staff reports; advising planning and public works departments; document review and preparation; and contract drafting and negotiations.
Currently, Ms. Gerli is Assistant City Attorney for the City of Carson and the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.
Ms. Gerli obtained her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 2003, and was admitted to the California Bar on December 7, 2003. Ms. Gerli obtained her undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1990, for which she is an active alumni leader. She is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, the Central District of California, and Ninth Circuit.