Michael Huston is an associate with the firm. Michael focuses his practice on Land Use & Zoning, Code Enforcement, Environmental Law & Natural Resources, Public Agencies & Municipal Organization, and Labor Law. He has assisted the firm’s municipal clients on matters including land use and planning laws, code enforcement, and Public Records Act laws. He has advised clients on labor issues under the MMBA and on the California Public Employees’ Retirement Law (PERL) and the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA).
Mr. Huston was the lead associate representing the City of Bell in the following matters on appeal stemming from the California Attorney General’s claims against the “Bell 8”:
- People ex rel. Harris v. Rizzo (2013) 214 Cal.App.4th 921 (allowing recovery against former city officials after Attorney General’s lawsuit was dismissed by the trial court)
- City of Bell v. Superior Court (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 236 (holding that Robert Rizzo was not entitled under the terms his employment contract with the City to payment of his legal fees for his defense in the criminal and civil cases against him).
Michael currently serves as the Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of Fillmore and Lawndale, and as the City Prosecutor for the City of Lompoc. Prior to joining the firm, Michael worked as a research attorney at Lassen County Superior Court and provided assistance to self-represented litigants through the Court's “Access to Justice” Center.
Mr. Huston received his B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from UCLA where he majored in International Economics/ East Asia area studies. He received his J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA. While pursuing his planning degree, he externed with the land use divisions of the Fresno City Attorney's Office and the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.