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Cerritos is largely a built-out community that measures approximately 9 square miles in area, with a population of 51,020, and is located in the heart of the Los Angeles/ Orange County metro center, midway between Downtown Los Angeles and the business centers of Orange County including the cities of Irvine, Santa Ana and Anaheim. As the geographic center for the Los Angeles Basin, the City of Cerritos has become one of Southern California’s premier commercial and business destinations as evidenced by the ongoing reuse of existing developed property as new mixed-use and residential infill development.
The City Attorney will be required to attend all meetings of the City Council. The City Council conducts regularly scheduled public meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Public meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Cerritos City Hall, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, while closed sessions are typically held by the City Council following the close of regular meetings. Additionally, the City Council on occasion will be required to conduct special meetings.
The City Attorney and/or the Assistant City Attorney serving in support of the City Attorney, will be required to attend Planning Commission meetings. The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.
The current Cerritos City Attorney had served as the Assistant City Attorney in support of the Planning Commission and the Community Development Department until his appointment to City Attorney by the City Council in 2007. After an illustrious legal career in local government, the Cerritos City Attorney retired with over 34 years of dedicated service to the City of Cerritos and its residents.
The City Attorney is responsible for the provision of general municipal legal services as well as managing special legal counsel retained by the City/Agency to aid in electric utility, litigation, real estate and personnel related matters. City appropriations for outside general municipal legal services for the last two fiscal years have been approximately $700,000 per year. City Council approved appropriations for fiscal year 2020/2021 includes a budget for legal services totaling $422,000. It is important to note that the City/Agency does not have any litigation matters pending.
Scope of Legal Services
The City Attorney shall be required to be responsible for, pursuant to the direction of the City Council, the following legal services for the City/Agency:
- Providing legal advice and consultation to members of the City Council, the City Manager and City staff on various topics;
- Advising the City Council, City officers, City commissions in matters of law pertaining to their duties and responsibilities; ɶ Preparing, reviewing, and approving, ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other legal documents;
- Representing the City/Agency in regulatory, transactional, finance and inter-governmental matters; ɶ Researching and providing legal opinions as requested by the City Council;
- Prosecuting and defending the City from litigation or administrative proceedings covering the entire spectrum of public law;
- Attending all public meetings of the City Council; and,
- Assigning an Assistant City Attorney to serve in support of the City Attorney, Planning Commission and City departments.
Statement of Qualifications
The City Council seeks a full-law service firm, which has expertise and experience in municipal law and the legal resources necessary to meet the needs of the City/Agency. Specifically, the preferred law firm must have attorneys with a proven track record and extensive experience in municipal law as specified in this RFP. The preferred law firm must also possess one attorney at the partner level with direct professional experience in municipal law. Accordingly, proposals should include a statement of qualifications that includes descriptions of the firm’s experience in all of the practice areas of law for which they wish to be considered.
Additionally, the proposal should establish that the law firm possesses the competence, experience, expertise, license, skill, equipment, personnel, financial wherewithal, and other legal resources necessary to perform the required services in a professional, ethical, dependable, timely, and competent manner.
The law firm representative (Proposer) submitting the proposal under this RFP must submit the following information:
- Proposer’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
- Names, qualifications, prior relevant work history, and resumes of the City Attorney and/or Assistant City Attorney who will be assigned to, or will be performing work for the City/Agency;
- Proposer shall provide the following information:
- Background on the law firm;
- Range of services to be provided; and,
- Experience, ability, and qualifications to provide legal services in the following practice areas:
- Municipal Law (General and Special);
- Land Use;
- Government Relations;
- Public Labor and Employment;
- Utility (Electric and Water);
- Affordable Housing;
- Economic Development;
- Real Estate;
- Municipal Elections; and,
- Legal and Regulatory Compliance.
- Proposer shall provide the following information in support of their proposal:
- Five (5) references from public sector clients that Proposer’s law firm has conducted business with over the past seven (7) consecutive years before the Proposal Deadline;
- A list of past and current public sector clients and the dates Proposer’s law firm provided services to those clients.
- A list of any malpractice, unsatisfactory performance, or nonperformance claims or lawsuits over the past five (5) consecutive years before the Proposal Deadline that named Proposer’s law firm or any of its current attorneys—regardless of whether the claims or lawsuits were (i) made informally or formally through any state bar association, mediation, arbitration, or court proceedings, or (ii) false, fraudulent, or groundless— and the claim’s or lawsuit’s disposition or outcome; and,
- Proposals should identify the attorney, and his/her qualifications, who will be assigned to serve as the Assistant City Attorney for the Planning Commission and expected to provide support to the City Attorney.
Questions regarding the RFP should be directed to: Arthur Gallucci, City Manager (562) 916-1301 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested firms should submit one unbound original of each proposal in a sealed envelope, marked on the outside as “response to request for proposals — attorney services” by February 19, 2021 at 5 p.m. to the Cerritos City Manager’s Office:
City of Cerritos
Office of the City Manager
Attorney Services, RFP
P.O. Box 3130
Cerritos, CA 90703