rwgGinetta L Giovinco
Ginetta L GiovincoShareholderLos Angeles







Ginetta L. Giovinco is a shareholder in the Litigation Department at Richards, Watson & Gershon and is Assistant Chair of the Firm's Coastal Department.

Ms. Giovinco represents municipalities and public entities, as well as private sector clients, in litigation matters in both state and federal courts. Ms. Giovinco has focused her practice on writ matters and land use issues, including CEQA.

She co-authored chapters in the C.E.B. Treatises California Administrative Mandamus (3d ed.), California Civil Writ Practice (4th ed.), and California Civil Discovery Practice (4th ed.).

Ms. Giovinco was named a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Previously she was named a Southern California Rising Star in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, a peer-reviewed designation given to no more than 2.5% of the region's lawyers.

Ms. Giovinco's representative appellate and writ cases include:

Eiskamp v. Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, 203 Cal.App.4th 97 (2012), Published Court of Appeal decision upholding the dismissal of a challenge to an ordinance that increased groundwater augmentation charges for well operators.

South Orange County Wastewater Authority v. City of Dana Point, 196 Cal.App.4th 1604 (2011), Published Court of Appeal decision holding that a mitigated negative declaration prepared for a rezoning project was not required to study the impacts of an existing sewage treatment plan on the project.

Habitat Trust for Wildlife, Inc. v. City of Rancho Cucamonga, 175 Cal.App.4th 1306 (2009) - Published Court of Appeal decision upholding City's right to select qualified conservation entity to receive mitigation lands dedicated by developer pursuant to CEQA.

Ms. Giovinco is admitted to practice in:

  • All California courts; Central, Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of the United States District Court in California; Central and Northern Districts of the United States District Court in California;
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 2003
B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, The American University, 1997

Practice Areas

Writs of Mandate

Public Agency and Municipal Law Litigation