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Scott E. Porter

Scott E. Porter

Senior Associate

Mr. Porter has been with the law firm of Jones & Mayer since 2015. He has previously served as City Attorney to the City of West Covina. He currently serves as Assistant City Attorney to the City of Whittier, and Deputy City Attorney for Fullerton. His primary practice areas are municipal law, land use, public finance, and telecommunications. Mr. Porter routinely advises at City Council and Planning Commission meetings.

Mr.Porter advises elected officials and staff in all areas of municipal law, including general plans, zoning, the Coastal Act, housing, conflicts of interest, public finance, public contracting, public works, telecommunications, utilities and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Mr. Porter has advised on the comprehensive rewrite of three general plans, one Coastal Land Use Plan, and two development codes. He has advised and negotiated agreements collectively valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.

Mr. Porter has assisted multiple cities on public finance matters. He has assisted cities conduct elections on parcel taxes, business license taxes, utility users taxes, transient occupancy taxes, and transactions and use (sales) taxes. Mr. Porter has advised on special assessment proceedings, water and utility rate increases, development impact fees and fee studies.

Mr. Porter has been practicing law since 2000 when he graduated from UCLA School of Law. Mr. Porter graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1997 with a degree in history.

Mr. Porter has provided dozens of trainings on land use, telecommunications and CEQA. He has also served as a guest lecturer at California State University Northridge on state ethics laws and the planning process. Mr. Porter has published three articles in the California Real Estate reporter relating to real estate and telecommunications. In May 2021, he will be presenting a paper to the League of California Cities on SB 9 (Urban Lot Splits); he previously presented a paper on how to implement the Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act of 2006 (DIVCA).


  • UCLA School of Law, J.D.
    • Moot Court
  • UCLA, B.A., History, magna cum laude
    • Winner of Gold at National Debate Tournament
    • Center for American Politics and Public Policy


  • California Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California

Practice Areas

  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Municipal & Administrative Law
  • Telecommunications

Professional Affiliations

  • City Attorney Association of Los Angeles County
  • State Bar of California