Mauricio Salazar is an associate in the Los Angeles office and serves as the Assistant City Attorney for Lawndale. Mr. Salazar regularly provides advice to city councils, planning commissions, and city staff in a wide variety of practice areas including land use, zoning, contracts, public works, and elections. In addition to his general municipal law practice, Mr. Salazar also specializes in public finance law. Mr. Salazar has participated in bond financings, primarily serving as bond counsel, for public agencies such as cities, community facilities districts, successor agencies to redevelopment agencies, joint powers agencies and water districts. His practice focuses on local government financing, including general obligation bonds, municipal lease financing, Mello-Roos special tax bonds, revenue bonds, and refinancing. Mr. Salazar has experience in advising clients on complex issues arising from public finance transactions, as well as on the formation of community facilities districts, election procedures, federal and state tax issues, and contract negotiation
In his public finance practice, Mr. Salazar has represented local governments in financing community facilities, public facilities, including a city library, and water facilities. Mr. Salazar has structured, negotiated and drafted a variety of bond and security documents, including leases, trust indentures, fiscal agent agreements, and escrow agreements.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Salazar was in-house counsel for a boutique equipment leasing and finance company based in Los Angeles. He attended law school with the company’s support to transition from intern and law clerk to full time counsel. While in law school, Mr. Salazar gained considerable legal experience as an extern for the Honorable Richard M. Neiter in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, and as a legal summer associate for a private equity firm in Beverly Hills. Mr. Salazar served as a Lead Article Editor for the Journal of International Law, and his article titled “Swapping More than Regulations: Reexamining the Goals of Dodd-Frank and EMIR on Over-the-Counter Derivative Markets” was selected for publication.
Mr. Salazar received his B.S. from the University of Southern California in 2010, where he majored in Corporate Finance. He received his J.D. from Southwestern Law School in 2015.