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September 20, 2021

From Cynic to Public Servant: Meet Keith F. Collins

Jones Mayer partner Keith F. Collins grew up the son of a lawyer. His father’s firm in Lancaster, California, handled wills and personal injury cases, helping victims of on-the-job injuries get the financial security they needed. As kids, Mr. Collins and his siblings would help their father take good care of his clients by leaving…

September 14, 2021

Jones Mayer Welcomes New Partners

Jones Mayer is pleased to announce the elevation of six attorneys to the Firm’s partnership, effective August 1. Each of the professionals listed below has demonstrated a commitment to serving the public with hard work, diligence, and integrity. Their leadership and dedication to our clients will be welcome additions to the partnership. Baron Bettenhausen Mr….

August 24, 2021

Lessons for Cities from the Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is no longer a new idea, but the constant development of novel business models centered on the sharing concept creates interesting challenges for local regulatory agencies. Each type of sharing economy business, from rideshares and micromobility to short-term rentals, brings its own complex challenges for local regulators. Addressing them requires careful deliberation….

June 29, 2021

Meet Our Lead Legal Secretary, Wendy Gardea

Jones Mayer’s lead legal secretary, Wendy Gardea, brings a runner’s mindset to her work. She draws on the disciplines built over the miles to bring the focus, drive, and commitment needed to keep the firm’s gears turning. In this article, we sit down with Wendy to learn a bit about how she does it. A…

June 25, 2021

Local Government Relief Under the American Rescue Plan Act

On March 10, 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “Act”), which created a fund to assist state and local governments that have suffered financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act places certain restrictions on the uses to which eligible agencies can put their relief funds.  This article provides a…

May 26, 2021

Effective Use of Statistics in Fair Housing Act Litigation

The Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. § 3604, broadly prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin in transactions related to residential properties. The statute’s scope captures not only rental and sale transactions, but also “the provision of services or facilities in connection therewith,” advertising, lending, and…

April 13, 2021

Serving Those Who Serve: Meet James Touchstone

For decades, service to our state’s law enforcement agencies has been central to Jones & Mayer’s mission. Partner James Touchstone carries on the tradition today. We asked him to offer his reflections on his work and career, and the changes he sees on the horizon for his practice. Roots in public service Mr. Touchstone grew…

April 6, 2021

California Law Enforcement and Body-Worn Cameras in 2021

The widespread adoption of body-worn cameras (BWCs) by law enforcement agencies throughout the United States has transformed public expectations of transparency and accountability in policing. While much of the transparency brought by BWCs has had a positive influence on policing, it has also created complex challenges. This article summarizes important elements of California law that…