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- J.D., Santa Clara University, 1992
- B.S., California State University Long Beach, 1988
James D. Ciampa, a managing partner with the firm, practices real estate, municipal, business, employment and environmental law. Mr. Ciampa has formed numerous corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, and currently represents many of those business entities. He also represents wholesale and retail water purveyors and various public agencies throughout Southern California.
Through his work with public sector clients, Mr. Ciampa has gained particular expertise in rate setting, including compliance with Propositions 26 and 218, in drafting and negotiation of legislation, in municipal finance and with CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act). His experience includes providing advice to clients concerning short-term operational issues, as well as long-range business planning.
Mr. Ciampa serves or as has served as General Counsel for Walnut Valley Water District, Palmdale Water District, Orchard Dale Water District, Pico Water District and numerous mutual water companies, and as Assistant General Counsel for various other public and private water suppliers. He serves as General Counsel to the California Rural Water Association and California Association of Mutual Water Companies. He also has been General Counsel for several computer software consulting firms.
Mr. Ciampa assists clients with various real estate matters, including purchases, sales and exchanges; development, entitlement and financing issues; easement and boundary matters; and representation of homeowners associations. He also has represented various business entities with respect to formation, financing, operational issues, stock and asset sales, labor and employment matters, litigation and dissolution.
Mr. Ciampa is active in civic affairs, currently serving as a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Hahamongna Operating Company for the City of Pasadena and the Executive Committee of the Southern California Rugby Football Union, and is a founding coach of the Pasadena Pythons Youth Rugby Club. Mr. Ciampa is a member of the Pasadena, Los Angeles County and California Bar Associations, and the Italian-American Lawyers Association.