City Attorney

CHARLES PARKIN'S EXPERIENCE

Long Beach City Attorney’s Office                               
Long Beach, California                                                
1995-Present
 
Present

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.

Acting City Attorney

June 2013-August 2013 

Assistant City Attorney
2012-2013

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.

Principal Deputy City Attorney
2006-2011

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.

Deputy City Attorney, Departmental Counsel
1999-2006

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.

Deputy City Attorney, Litigation
1995-1999

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.

 

City of Long Beach Department of Oil Properties
Long Beach California
1984-1995
 
Petroleum Engineering Associate
1991-1995
 
Petroleum Engineering Assistant
1986-1991
 
Petroleum Engineering Field Technician
1984-1986
Professional Drilling Fluids, Inc.
1981-1984

  

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.

 

VOLUNTEER WORK

Movement for a Better World

Pathways to Independence

Law Day

Mock Trial Advisor

 

EDUCATION

Pacific Coast University, School of Law, J.D. 1991, cum laude

California State University, Long Beach, B.S. in Business Administration, 1980

 

PERSONAL

Married to Terese Parkin (Schneeweis) for 36 years.  Father of 3 adult children.  Lifelong resident of Long Beach.

 

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