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Alan Robert Burns is the City Attorney of the City of Fountain Valley and general counsel to the Costa Mesa Sanitary District, the Orange County Vector Control District, and the Home Gardens Sanitary District.

Mr. Burns successfully argued Home Gardens Sanitary District v. City of Corona (2002) 116 Cal.Rptr.2d 638, which established the respective rights and duties of cities and special districts in overlapping service areas. Mr. Burns has also been on the cutting edge of law enforcement issues. He argued Orange County's first drug house abatement resulting in a court order requiring a defendant to post a sign on his house stating that the house was under an injunction for drug dealing and enjoined certain persons from coming near the residence. The injunction brought peace to a neighborhood. Additionally, when a small group of unscrupulous chiropractors were taking advantage of a legal loophole that allowed them to run illegitimate businesses, Mr. Burns testified in Sacramento in front of the state legislature, which led to the passage of AB15 in 2003, which now requires independent contractors to obtain massage licenses from a City before performing massage. (This law change eliminated a cottage industry of prostitution operating out of these offices.) Mr. Burns also successfully argued City of Costa Mesa v. Goathill Tavern (1992) 8 Cal.Rptr.2d 385, which established the property rights of a business owner in a conditional use permit and defined the due process required in a revocation hearing. He authored "Conditional Use Permits and Their Revocation" and presented that paper to all city attorneys in the state in October of 1996. Mr. Burns has also obtained a number of large settlements resulting from contractor disputes on city public works projects. He has served as a hearing officer for government entities in a number of administrative law settings and most recently provided those services in a $72 million dispute between the City of Redondo Beach and a power company involving the City’s utility use tax.

Mr. Burns graduated from Pepperdine School of Law where he served on the Law Review. He was President of the Orange County City Attorneys Association in 1988. He enjoys an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating.

Mr. Burns served in the U.S. Army and worked in Military Intelligence in Heidelberg, Germany. He is a Life Member Kiwanian and a Hickson Fellow.


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