City attorney’s law firm expands
by PI Staff
Jan 31, 2013 | 1102 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The law firm that contracts with the city of Patterson will change names and expand with a focus on lobbying efforts, but its services to Patterson will not change, Deputy City Attorney Doug White said Monday, Jan. 28.

White’s firm provides services the cities of Patterson, Newman, Riverbank and Oakdale and nine other governmental special districts.

The law firm will change from the D.L. White Law Group to Churchwell-White LLP and will move from 428 J St. in Sacramento to 1201 K St. near the State Capitol. City Attorney Tom Hallinan would continue to contract with the firm, which will expand a lobbying practice and focus on municipal, water and land use law.

White said all of the same professionals in his firm would be working with the city.

His partner will be Steve Churchwell, former general counsel to the California Fair Political Practices Commission, the state’s ethics and campaign finance agency for elected officials.

Councilwoman Deborah Novelli said Wednesday, Jan. 30 that she’d gotten to meet and learn from Churchwell at an ethics training White and Churchwell held for city employees and council members Monday, Jan. 28.

“(Churchwell’s) knowledge is expansive,” she said. “I think (White and Churchwell) are a dynamite team and I think they’ll be a big benefit to the city.”

White said the firm will be able to bring more to the table for the city.

“There will be a whole new layer of services for the city,” he said, adding that he hoped the firm could add a labor law specialist to help municipalities with human resource issues.

The firm is also adding another partner, Barbara Brewer, to help with groundwater issues, which could help Patterson with water usage, he said.

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