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Tarquin Preziosi

Tarquin Preziosi

Senior Associate

Mr. Preziosi is a Senior Associate with Jones & Mayer. His primary practice areas are general municipal law, advising elected officials and staff in a wide variety of matters, including personnel, contracts, land use, CEQA, the Coastal Act, the Community Services District Law, drafting municipal codes, etc., as well as defending cities in civil writs and appellate matters. Mr. Preziosi specializes advising and representing police and fire departments in personnel matters, including arbitration, internal investigations, POBRA/FPOBRA, and Pitchess motions in both civil and criminal cases. In addition, throughout his career, he has advised planning commissions and city councils at over 50 public hearings, including proceedings involving CUPs, CEQA, and coastal development permits. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts within the State of California.

Mr. Preziosi joined Jones & Mayer in 2015. He serves as General Counsel to the Rossmoor Community Services District, and Deputy City Attorney for the cities of Costa Mesa and Whittier. Prior to joining the firm, he was Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Malibu and Palos Verdes Estates while working for a municipal law firm in Los Angeles. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Preziosi was the Senior Deputy City Attorney for the City of Oceanside for over 10 years, where he was the legal advisor to both the Oceanside Police and Fire Departments, among many other responsibilities. Before Oceanside, he was a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Hawthorne, where he prosecuted criminal cases, including over 20 jury trials, and code enforcement matters. He graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1998 and was admitted to practice law in the State of California the same year. Mr. Preziosi was Senior Articles Editor of the Hastings Law Journal. He graduated with Departmental Honors from U.C.L.A in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.

Mr. Preziosi has been a member of the California Peace Officers Association since 2008, and was Chair of the Legal Advisors Section (southern division), 2013-14. He is currently a member of the Municipal Law Institute of the California League of Cities. Mr. Preziosi’s prior positions with the League include Chapter Chair for the 2010 and 2014 editions of the California Municipal Law Handbook and appointee to the Public Safety Policy Committee for the 2009-2011 sessions. Mr. Preziosi also served as a planning commissioner for the City of Dana Point Planning Commission from 2011-2013.


  • University of California, Hastings, J.D.
  • University of California, Los Angeles


  • California Supreme Court
  • US Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals

Practice Areas

  • Municipal Law
  • Personnel and Employment
  • Writs and Appeals
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Police Legal Advisor

Professional Affiliations

  • CA Police Officer's Assoc
  • Muni Law Institute - CALC