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Joseph M. Adams represents individuals, businesses and public entities, including cities, successor agencies and special districts, in a general advisory capacity, litigation and on a variety of transactional matters. Mr. Adams regularly advises clients on the applicability and requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act and various other matters relative to general municipal and local government law. Mr. Adams also frequently drafts resolutions and ordinances, including ordinances that regulate land use and personal/business activity and conduct, including ordinances that impose a business license requirement on the owners of residential rental property, regulate land use relative to the sale of alcohol and regulate the sale of tobacco products.
Additionally, Mr. Adams regularly prosecutes and defends civil claims on behalf of individuals, businesses and public entities, including cities, successor agencies and special districts. Mr. Adams is routinely engaged in litigation concerning the scope, applicability and constitutionality of local regulatory ordinances, compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act and tort claims involving public entities. Mr. Adams also frequently drafts real property purchase and sale agreements, easements, licenses, disposition and development agreements, leases and a variety of other documents relating to the sale, transfer and development of real property.