Gary Bell joins CH&W in our Grass Valley office working in both our municipal advisory and litigation practice groups.
He previously served as the City Attorney for the City of Firebaugh and as General Counsel to the Sierra Cedars Community Services District. His practice covers a range of public law issues, including constitutional law, public works contracting, conflicts of interest, code enforcement, land use, open meetings and records laws, and post-redevelopment issues. He serves as Assistant City Attorney of Grass Valley and Assistant General Counsel of the Successor Agency to the Grass Valley Redevelopment Agency and supports the work of our other Northern California general counsel clients. His current litigation projects include defense of a water agency’s connection charge against a challenge under Proposition 218.
Gary graduated with highest honors from UC Santa Cruz in 2008 with a B.A. in psychology. He received his J.D. in 2012 from the UC Davis School of Law, where he was staff editor of the UC Davis Business Law Journal, a research assistant in constitutional law, and a representative on the Student Services and Fees Administrative Advisory Committee. While at Davis, Gary worked as a law clerk in the Governor’s Office of Legal Affairs and as a legal extern at the Placer County Superior Court.
Before law school, Gary served as a Senate Fellow for the California State Senate in Sacramento, where he staffed the Senate Local Government Committee and worked on legislation of interest to California’s local governments.
Before joining CH&W, Gary advised municipal clients throughout California on a wide range of issues, including counties, cities, school districts, and special districts. His full profile is available here.