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Thursday, September 3, 2009


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Best Best & Krieger’s Scott Campbell to Serve as Counsel for City of Avalon


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The City of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island has selected Best Best & Krieger LLP to serve as its contract city attorney, becoming the 33rd city in California to have hired the firm in such a capacity, the firm announced yesterday.

Attorney Scott Campbell, who once worked as a newspaper delivery boy and chose a trip to Catalina over Disneyland as a reward for selling a certain number of subscriptions and is now a partner based in BB&K’s Los Angeles office, will serve as the legal advisor to the city, the firm said.

Campbell, 47, is a partner in the firm’s Municipal and Litigation Law Practice Groups where his work primarily focuses on municipal law and litigation, with concentrated areas in municipal and public entity representation, construction management and litigation, business and commercial litigation.

He commented that he was “looking forward to providing legal advice to the city council to better their community and businesses, and to actually be able to see the immediate impact on people’s lives.“

Double Jeopardy

The Avalon City Council approved the terms of Campell’s contract Tuesday after voting in closed session to retain Best Best & Krieger on Aug. 18, according to the firm.

Bob Kennedy, Avalon’s mayor, said that city officials were “thrilled to have a law firm of such prestige coming to our island.”

Best Best & Krieger also handles legal affairs for the cities of Aliso Viejo, Apple Valley, Arcadia, Azusa, Bell, Big Bear Lake, Claremont, Clearlake, Coachella, Colma, Colton, Corona, Covina, Downey, Escalon, Fontana, Indian Wells, Jackson, Lafayette, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Maywood, Needles, Ontario, Palm Desert, San Jacinto, San Ramon, Santee, Shafter, Williams, Woodland and Yorba Linda.

Campbell also serves as general counsel to the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District. He posited that both Avalon and Lake Arrowhead are similar in that both “have to make sure their infrastructure can handle the influx of people, especially since their economy depends on tourists.”

As city attorney, he said he will work “providing assistance to city planners to draw visitors to Avalon and make sure everyone enjoys the services the city and businesses have to offer,“ disclosing plans to help the city apply for federal stimulus funding aimed at upgrading the city’s sewer system and wastewater systems.

No Interlocutory Review

The lawyer has also served as a deputy or assistant city attorney for Cerritos, La Canada Flintridge, Monterey Park, and San Dimas

Campbell is a member of the City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County and as a member of the Board of Directors for St. Anne’s Maternity Home. 

After graduating magna cum laude from UC Berkeley in 1984, Campbell received his law degree from UCLA in 1987. He gained admission to the State Bar that same year.


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