Taylor M. Anderson

 (626) 219-2768
tanderson@chwlaw.us

Taylor is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s municipal advisory practice group and resident in our Pasadena office. She has dedicated her practice to representing cities and government agencies since 2017. She serves as the Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of Calabasas and Ojai, and as Planning Commission Counsel for the City of Ojai. She also serves as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Barstow.

Her general counsel practice covers the full range of public law issues, including: elections, public works and public contracting, cannabis regulation and permitting, conflicts of interest, government ethics, open meetings and public records laws, commission and public meeting management, land use, local emergencies, and other state and federal laws governing cities. 

 

Taylor has created and presented training programs on a wide array of governmental ethics topics such as:

  • The Public Records Act 
  • The Brown Act
  • Rosenberg’s and Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Conflicts of interest, including the Political Reform Act, Gov. Code section 1090, incompatible offices., and the Levine Act
  • Form 700 filings
  • Behested payments (Form 803)
  • Gifts
  • Lobbying
  • Revolving door
  • Election law, including legal restrictions during campaign season and legal restrictions on spending public funds regarding ballot measures
  • Due process, fair hearings, and ex parte contacts
  • AB 1234
  • Commission roles and responsibilities

Before joining CHW, Taylor served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Long Beach, advising its officials and departments on a wide array of municipal issues. While serving as legal counsel for the City of Long Beach, she advised city departments, the city council, and commissions on novel and challenging projects, such as regulating, implementing, and enforcing the cannabis business licensing program; advising the Police Department about the release of law enforcement use-of-force and officer-involving shooting records; acting as lead legal counsel on the COVID-19 emergency run by the Long Beach Health Department; advising the inaugural Independent Redistricting Commission and support staff; advising the inaugural Ethics Commission and support staff; supporting staff in building an ethics program; and local elections, including charter amendments. 

Taylor graduated from Vanguard University in 2006 with a B.A. in English. She received her J.D. in 2016 from Pacific Coast University School of Law, where she graduated as valedictorian.

Practice Areas:

  • Public Law
  • Elections Law
  • Government Ethics and Conflicts of Interest 
  • Brown Act
  • Public Records Act
  • Public Contracting Law
  • Cannabis Regulation and Permitting
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
  • Land Use
  • Redistricting