Nick Papajohn is an associate in the Irvine office. Nick advises public agency clients on a wide variety of legal issues. Nick’s legal expertise includes open government and ethics (including the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, and the Political Reform Act); public contracting; public works; litigation; ordinances and resolutions; code enforcement; land use and zoning; eminent domain; election law; and code interpretation.
Nick also assists cities on various day-to-day needs including legal research and drafting of legal opinions; preparation of staff reports; advising planning departments; document review and preparation; contract drafting; and analysis and drafting of proposed ordinances and resolutions.
Nick has been appointed to the City Attorneys Department’s 2021 California Public Records Act Committee for the League of California Cities. The officers, staff, and committees of the City Attorneys’ Department work to achieve the Department’s goals including advancing the interests of cities by helping to improve, shape, and develop municipal law and fostering the professional development of city attorneys, including assistant and deputy city attorneys. The California Public Records Act Committee reviews new bills, cases, and AG opinions and updates the Public Records Act section of the Municipal Law Handbook and the “People’s Business” publication when needed."
Nick received his J.D. from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. While at Southwestern, Nick gained legal experience externing in the Orange County District Attorney Major Fraud Unit and for the Honorable Barry Russel in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Nick developed negotiation skills competing in nationwide negotiation competitions as a member of the Negotiation Honors Program and was ultimately appointed Chair of the program for his last year of law school. Nick was also a student editor for the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law as well as a Legal Writing Teaching Assistant during law school.
Nick received his B.A. degree in History from the University of California, Irvine.