John C. Cotti

Mr. Cotti’s practice includes both advisory work and litigation. Mr. Cotti serves as the Assistant City Attorney in the city of Santa Paula and regularly assists the Firm’s other cities with land use and public law matters, including the Public Records Act, Permit Streamlining Act, the Brown Act, planning and zoning law and CEQA. Mr. Cotti also advises the city of Santa Paula’s Planning Commission.

Mr. Cotti’s practice is primarily dedicated to defending the Firm’s cities from first amendment, environmental, land use, election and mobile home regulation challenges, including cases involving the California Environmental Quality Act, California Elections Code, and California Mobile Home Residency law. Mr. Cotti’s reported decisions include Regency Outdoor Advertising v. City of West Hollywood (2007) 153 Cal.App.4th 825; We Care - Santa Paula v. Herrera (2006) 139 Cal.App.4th 387; and Eller Media v. City of Los Angeles (2001) 87 Cal.App.4th 1217.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Cotti served as a Deputy City Attorney for the city of Los Angeles, Land Use Division, where he represented the Department of City Planning and the Department of Building and Safety in the state, federal and appellate courts. Mr. Cotti also prosecuted criminal violations for Los Angeles and obtained guilty verdicts in cases involving assault, battery, domestic violence, drug and weapons-related offenses, and DUI.

Mr. Cotti graduated from San Jose State University in 1994 and Southwestern University School of Law in 1997. Mr. Cotti is admitted to practice in all California courts, the Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.