Ruben Duran, Esq. represents exclusively public agencies as a partner in the Municipal Law and Government Policy & Public Integrity practice groups of Best Best & Krieger LLP. He brings a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to the practice of public law. With an emphasis on open government and transparency and complex conflicts of interest issues, as well as elections law, land use and planning and cannabis issues, Ruben also provides special counsel to many of the firm’s clients. These include cities, school districts, public health plans and special districts.
He serves as general counsel for the Oxnard Harbor District, which owns and operates the commercial Port of Hueneme in Ventura County. He is also general counsel to the Hub Cities Consortium, a joint powers agency that provides workforce development services in southeast LA County. He is also general counsel to the Fenner Valley Water Authority, the Stallion Springs Community Services District and the Altadena Library District. As general counsel of these public entities, Ruben is responsible for all legal services, including advising the elected boards and staff at public meetings and day-to-day transactional and advisory services on issues such as public bidding and contracting, environmental laws and regulations, labor and employment matters, as well as oversight and management of litigation.
Ruben serves as city attorney of Adelanto. He previously served as city attorney for Desert Hot Springs (2006-2012) and general counsel of the Fontana Unified School District (2011-2012).