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July 6, 2018

Derek Cole and Sean De Burgh have authored an article in the latest edition of Special Districts Magazine about the California Voting Rights Act. The article is an excerpted version of a White Paper the two previously authored for the California Special Districts Association. View White Paper


May 25, 2018

Carolyn Frank and Sean De Burgh successfully defended the County of Madera in a case that alleged the use of excessive force outside a casino. After a multi-week trial, a federal jury rejected claims that Sheriff officers had violated the plaintiffs’ rights. This latest results continues our firm’s long, successful streak of defending against these types of claims. View Article


December 6, 2017

The State very recently released its urgency regulations for the new cannabis industry. Our Derek Cole has written an article in the Daily Journal summarizing these regulations and explaining what they mean for local governments. View Article


September 7, 2017

Two of our attorneys have been recently recognized for their accomplishments. For the second year in a row, Carolyn Frank has been recognized in Superlawyers Magazine as a Rising Star. And Derek Cole has been recognized in Superlawyers Magazine and locally as a Top Lawyer in Sacramento Magazine. Congratulations to both!


September 2, 2017

What are the do’s and don’ts for presenting to local government bodies? Our Derek Cole shares his thoughts on this subject in his latest column in the Daily Journal. View Article


June 15, 2017

Today, our firm filed an amicus brief for the League of California Cities and California State Association of Counties in a case involving the requirement to post a security in California Public Records Act cases. Attorney Derek Cole authored this brief in Stevenson v. City of Sacramento, a case pending in the Third District Court of Appeals. View Brief


April 27, 2017

Attorney Karen Feld gave a presentation today at the Civil Law Symposium for the San Bernardino County Bar Association. Karen greatly appreciated the opportunity to speak to this group!


March 1, 2017

In a published decision, the First District Court of Appeal affirmed a county’s reliance on the “full text” requirement for initiatives to uphold keeping an initiative on the ballot. Our Derek Cole authored a brief in favor of the county’s position for the California State Association of Counties and League of California Cities.


January 27, 2017

Are public agency legal bills privileged? The California Supreme Court recently decided a case weighing in on this question. Our Derek Cole has written in article in the Daily Journal discussing what the Supreme Court decided and the issues its decision leaves for future resolution. View Article


January 27, 2017

Today, our firm filed an amicus brief in a case involving unattended donation bins. In this case, the plaintiff brought a facial challenge to the City’s ordinances governing such bins without first attempting to secure a permit. On behalf of the League of California Cities, attorney Derek Cole advocates that this lawsuit is not ripe under controlling federal precedent. View Brief


January 18, 2017

Today our firm proudly celebrated its Tenth Anniversary! The firm was founded on January 16, 2007. We appreciate all the clients – past and present – who have allowed us to enjoy this significant milestone.


January 4, 2017

How should special districts fill vacancies in their governing boards? Our Sean De Burgh has the answers in his article in latest edition of Special Districts magazine. View Article


May 10, 2017

Cota Cole & Huber LLP is proud to announce that it will again serve as Interim City Attorney for the City of Antioch. The firm previously served in this capacity from 2015 to 2016. The firm will again serve through June 2018 while the City conducts a search for a new in-house City Attorney. Our Derek Cole will serve as Interim City Attorney and Elizabeth Perez will serve as Interim Assistant City Attorney.


July 28, 2016

What is the best way to go about obtaining public records from local government agencies? In a Daily Journal column, our Derek Cole offers six tips on how to make effective requests under the Public Records Act. View Article


May 28, 2015

Today, attorney Derek Cole gave a presentation on “Section 224” of the Emergency Medical Services Act to the Emergency Medical Services Administrators Association of California. His presentation addressed the key components of this statute, including those related to the creation of “competitive” and “grandfathered” exclusive operating areas.