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D. Dennis La

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D. Dennis La

Dennis represents cities and special districts regarding a wide range of public law matters including land use and planning, eminent domain and inverse condemnation, contracts and torts, labor and employment, water rights, real property claims, and due process and other issues of constitutional law.  Dennis is a partner practicing in the firm’s Westlake Village office and represents municipalities in all phases of litigation in California federal and state courts through appeal. 

Dennis is a seasoned litigator and has tried numerous bench and jury trials to verdict.  He is well-versed in administrative proceedings and advising municipalities prior to litigation or the filing of writs of mandate.  Dennis has substantial experience with prejudgment remedies having obtained and opposed countless restraining orders, writs of attachment, and appointments of receivership.  His diverse representations include:

  • Serving as labor and employment counsel for the cities of South Gate and Carson, defending against Department of Fair Housing and Employment complaints and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints, and private union grievances;
  • Defending fair housing and discrimination claims brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and Housing and Urban Development;
  • Representing the cities of Irwindale and Grand Terrace in litigation of public works and real estate matters including land development contracts, purchase and sales agreements, and construction projects including involving former landfill quarries;
  • Responding to petitions for writ of mandates on a local agency’s determinations on code enforcement,  planning and zoning ordinances, and building municipal codes;
  • Successfully arguing and prevailing on an appeal based on a challenge under the Brown Act in Bradley Couey v. City of Lompoc, et al., Court of Appeal of California, Second Appellate District, No. B305317;
  • Successfully arguing and obtaining a published decision from the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit involving alleged constitutional rights violations in Phillip Killgore, DBA Lavender  Massage v. City of South El Monte, et al., No. 20-55666.

Prior to joining the firm, Dennis was a partner with Anglin Flewelling & Rasmussen LLP where he specialized in commercial litigation and intellectual property.  He started his professional career as an Information Technology Consultant with Deloitte Consulting in New York.