Tiffany Israel specializes in the representation of public agencies and serves as City Attorney and General Counsel to special districts including a Park and Recreation District and several Successor Agencies and a Housing Authority. As one of the cities she serves is the sole water and wastewater purveyor within the city, Ms. Israel advises city staff on all legal matters necessary for the operation of these departments.
Ms. Israel devotes a substantial amount of time to drafting and reviewing legislation and contracts, and negotiating real estate, housing, and development transactions, including drafting agreements for property acquisition and the development of commercial, industrial, and housing projects as well as agreements relating to water mitigation and the use and sale of recycled water.
Ms. Israel has also advised cities, police departments, school districts and water districts on various matters including Government Tort Claims litigation, civil rights litigation, property acquisition (including eminent domain), land use, environmental compliance, school fees, the formation of community facility districts and construction and breach of contract litigation. Ms. Israel has substantial litigation experience, including extensive law and motion work, in both state and federal courts and administrative proceedings.
• Negotiating commercial and industrial developments including new hotels, auto dealers, strip malls, and expansions of an existing mall
• Negotiating agreements for large housing projects including developments with family, affordable, and senior housing components
• Negotiating water mitigation agreements
• Negotiating agreements for the joint use of public facilities
• City Attorney, Fillmore
• City Attorney, Murrieta
• General Counsel, Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District
• General Counsel, Fillmore Successor Agency
• General Counsel, Murrieta Housing Authority
• Special Counsel, Newport Beach
• Special Counsel, Bakersfield
• City Attorney, Lawndale (2007 – 2020)
• Assistant City Attorney, Lawndale (2003 – 2007)
• City Attorney, Palm Springs (2003-2005)
• State Bar of California
• United State Supreme Court
• US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
• US District Court, Central, CA
• Awarded a 2015 Amicus Service Award by the International Municipal Lawyers Association which is presented to attorneys who have done exemplary work to protect and advance local government interests.
• OCWLA Featured Member May 2022
• City Attorneys Department's 2021 Municipal Law Institute 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 Municipal Law Institute Committee plans the annual MLI Symposium, including identifying topics and recruiting speakers.
• Editor of Chapter One, the Nature of Municipal Corporations, of the League of California Cities, Municipal Law Handbook
• Orange County Women Lawyers Association
• Junior League of Orange County
• Dream Guild of Orange County
In 2019 Ms. Israel presented at the California Special Districts Association Annual Conference & Exhibitor Showcase: 'Independent Contractor Do's and Don't's."
• University of San Diego, JD, 1996
• University of Southern California, BA, 1993 cum laude