CHARLES PARKIN'S EXPERIENCE
Serves as the sole and exclusive legal counsel to the City of Long Beach, the Long Beach City Council, all Council Committees, all City Commissions, and all City officers and employees. Supervises and manages the Long Beach City Attorney’s Office which includes 21 attorneys and 64 total employees. Oversees all aspects of office management and administration.
June 2013-August 2013
Assisted with office budget, management and administration. Supervised and managed the Litigation and Departmental Counsel Divisions. Advised the City Council, Council Committees, the City of Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners, the Water Department, the Department of Gas & Oil and the City Clerk’s Department. Advised on assessment and improvement districts, bond issuances, the Brown Act, conflicts of interest and ethics, election law, and tidelands trust issues. Provided legal advice to various City boards and commissions. Reviewed and prepared contracts, leases, MOUs, resolutions, ordinances and legal opinions.
Supervised and managed the Departmental Counsel Division. Advised the City Council, Council Committees, the City of Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners, the Water Department, and the Department of Gas & Oil. Reviewed and prepared contracts, leases, MOUs, resolutions, ordinances and opinions. Significant projects included the Queen Mary bankruptcy, Measure D drafting and implementation, State of California oil abandonment fund litigation, tidelands land exchange, local write-in election issues and amendments to the Central Basin Ground Water Judgment.
Advised the Department of Oil Properties, Police Department, Fire Department, Parks, Recreation & Marine Department, Health & Human Services Department, Financial Management, Public Works, Community Development, Workforce Development and Special Events and Filming. Reviewed and prepared contracts, leases, MOUs, resolutions, ordinances and opinions. Researched and analyzed a wide range of municipal law issues.
Maintained a full caseload representing the City in various litigation matters. Performed discovery, depositions, arbitration, mediation, bench trials and jury trials. Cases included alleged civil rights violations, first amendment issues, dangerous condition of public property, breach of contract and general liability.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND HONORS
Member of the California State Bar Association (Public Law Section), the City Attorney’s Association of Los Angeles County, and the Long Beach Bar Association.
Elected to the Board of Governors of the Long Beach Bar Association for 2002-2004 and 2011-2013. Served as Vice President and President of the Long Beach City Attorneys’ Association and served on the City’s Insurance Advisory Committee. Elected President of the Board of Directors of the Long Beach City Employees Federal Credit Union in 2011, after having served as an elected Director since 1998.
Movement for a Better World
Pathways to Independence
Mock Trial Advisor
Pacific Coast University, School of Law, J.D. 1991, cum laude
California State University, Long Beach, B.S. in Business Administration, 1980
Married to Terese Parkin (Schneeweis) for 36 years. Father of 3 adult children. Lifelong resident of Long Beach.