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Tarquin Preziosi

Tarquin Preziosi


Mr. Preziosi serves as City Attorney for the City of Encinitas, General Counsel to the Rossmoor Community Services District, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Costa Mesa and deputy city attorney for a number of other cities represented by the firm. His practice is exclusively devoted to the representation of cities, other public entities and the firm’s law enforcement clients. He is knowledgeable in most areas of municipal law, and regularly advises city councils, boards, commissions and department heads on a variety of matters. His particular areas of emphasis include land use, CEQA, the Coastal Act, federal fair housing laws, cannabis regulation, the Public Records Act, the Political Reform Act, elections, personnel matters and laws pertaining to special districts. As a litigator he defends public entities in CEQA, Public Records Act, land use, fair housing and other cases at the trial and appellate level, and represents the firm’s clients in HUD and DOJ discrimination complaints. Mr. Preziosi is the firm’s subject matter expert on the state and federal laws relating to group and sober living homes.

Mr. Preziosi currently serves on the Cannabis Regulation Committee of the California League of Cities. His prior service to the League includes the Municipal Law Institute (2014-2015), Chapter Chair of the Municipal Law Handbook (2010 and 2014 eds.) and as an appointee to the Public Safety Policy Committee (2009-2011). Mr. Preziosi also served as Chair of the Legal Advisors Section (southern division) of the California Peace Officers Association (2014 to 2018). In addition, Mr. Preziosi served as a planning commissioner for the City of Dana Point (2011 to 2013).

Mr. Preziosi graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1998 where he was Senior Articles Editor of the Hastings Law Journal. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with Departmental Honors.


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


  • 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
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Fair Housing Laws
  • Writs and Appeals

Professional Affiliations

  • California League of Cities