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Kimberly Hall Barlow

Kimberly Hall Barlow


Kimberly Hall Barlow is a partner at Jones & Mayer. Graduating third in her class from UCLA Law School, Ms. Barlow joined the Law Office of Jones & Mayer in 1993. Her practice is devoted almost exclusively to municipal law and litigation. In that capacity, Ms. Barlow has served in the capacity of Assistant City Attorney and City Attorney for over 25 years. Ms. Barlow handles specialized litigation on behalf of the firm's public entity clients, including first amendment, voting rights, and civil rights litigation, adult use ordinances, tax matters and administrative and traditional petitions for writ of mandate.

She has successfully defended numerous complex writ cases involving alleged violations of the Brown Act and Conflict of Interest laws, Public Records Act, CEQA claims, licensing and permit decisions, including revocations of conditional use permits, and inverse condemnation claims. She also regularly prepares ordinances, resolutions, complex transactional documents such as for purchase and lease of public property, development agreements and memoranda of understanding.

Ms. Barlow is currently the City Attorney for the City of Costa Mesa and the Assistant City Attorney to a number of the firm's other city clients. She also serves as Successor Agency Counsel for seven cities. In addition to providing the full range of legal services for these clients, Ms. Barlow conducts citywide training in discrimination and harassment prevention, ethics, Brown Act and conflicts, and HIPAA compliance. She also investigates personnel complaints, particularly involving harassment claims. Further, she serves as counsel to civilian personnel boards hearing employee grievances. She previously served as City Attorney for the Cities of West Covina, Stanton and Upland.

Ms. Barlow was previously on the League of California Cities Legal Advocacy Committee, and an officer of the Orange County City Attorney's Association. She also served for seven years on the Executive Committee of the Utility Users Tax Technical Task Force, which was a sub-committee of the California League of Cities Revenue and Taxation Committee. She has presented at the League of California Cities on the California Voting Rights Act, and was recently a member of the League’s Charter City Toolbox Committee. She previously served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Ferdinand F. Fernandez, Circuit Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Early in her career, Ms. Barlow practiced with the law firm of Irell & Manella as a litigation associate focusing on insurance, construction, environmental and real estate litigation. She was a full time Lecturer in the Clinical Program at UCLA School of Law from 1999 to 2001. Ms. Barlow also has served on several local community non-profit boards, including WTLC, a domestic violence shelter and transitional housing provider.


  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, , J.D. (1990)
  • Order of the Coif, Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year
  • California State University, Fullerton, B.A., with honors (1986)


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

Practice Areas

  • Municipal Law
  • Employment and First Amendment
  • Writs and Appeals
  • Land Use and Zoning

Professional Affiliations

  • Orange County City Attorneys Association
  • Los Angeles County City Attorneys Association
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association