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Carmen A. Brock
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Carmen Brock is Of Counsel to the Firm in its Litigation and Transaction Departments. Ms. Brock has 29 years of land use and litigation experience, serving for 13 years as senior Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Diego’s land use and finance litigation units. Her land use litigation experience includes cases involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Subdivision Map Act, eminent domain, land use entitlements, community planning, zoning, and real property disputes. Her published appellate land use and finance decisions include Torrey Hills Community Coalition v. City of San Diego (2010) 86 Cal.App.4th 429 (CEQA); Linda Vista Village San Diego Homeowners Assoc. v. City of San Diego (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 166 (Real Property); Bottini v. City of San Diego (2018) 27 Cal.App.5th 281, review granted (CEQA and Inverse Condemnation); Golden Hill Neighborhood Association, Inc. v. City of San Diego (2011) 99 Cal.App.4th 416 (public finance) and Reid v. City of San Diego (2018) 24 Cal.App.5th 343 (public finance). 

Ms. Brock also spent eight years representing school districts and water districts across California as general counsel and litigation counsel. She successfully pursued eminent domain proceedings to acquire property for new school sites, assisted with school site financing, Disposition and Development Agreements (DDAs), and successfully litigated challenges involving the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). She was a member of the construction contract dispute resolution panel for Pasadena Unified School District, and participated as a committee member for Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH), drafting a model school district project labor agreement.  She also participated in the initial draft legislation for the Leroy F. Green School Facilities Act of 1998. 

Early in her career, Ms. Brock served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Costa Mesa, advising its Redevelopment Agency, as well as acting as the city’s Code Enforcement Prosecutor.
Ms. Brock holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Logic from the University of California, Irvine, with a minor in biological sciences. She received her J.D. from Western State College of Law in 1992, where she won American Jurisprudence awards in three subjects.
Professional Memberships/ Affiliations

Member California Bar Association
Litigation Section
Environmental Law Section 
Public Law Section 
Ms. Brock volunteers at the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One, Civil Appellate Self-Help Clinic, and participates as a judge for the UC Irvine Law School’s Moot Court Program, and for the University of San Diego Law School Legal Writing and Research Moot Court Program.