rwgLaurence S. Wiener
Laurence S. WienerShareholderLos Angeles







Laurence S. Wiener is a shareholder in the Public Law Department at Richards, Watson & Gershon with more than 25 years of experience in local government and land use law. He works with City Councils and Planning Commissions throughout the State of California. Mr. Wiener is the City Attorney of Beverly Hills and General Counsel to the Las Virgenes Malibu Council of Governments. He has also served as the City Attorney for the Cities of Westlake Village and Hidden Hills, and Authority Counsel to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. Mr. Wiener has a rating of AV from Martindale-Hubbell, has been named a California Super Lawyer since 2011, and has been named a Best Lawyer by U.S. News & World Report.

Mr. Wiener concentrates on the representation of public agency clients in a wide range of government law areas and has spoken and written extensively on public law issues including the Brown Act, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and financing public facilities. Mr. Wiener taught a course on the Subdivision Map Act for the UCLA Public Policy Continuing Education Program and served as a consultant on the two-volume book, Practice Under the California Environmental Quality Act. He also co-authored the first guidebook on the implementation of Proposition 218, as well as one of the early papers establishing a methodology for public agency implementation of the Mitigation Fee Act, originally adopted as "A.B. 1600." Mr. Wiener is often asked to provide input on Statewide legislation impacting local governments and has served as President of the City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County and Chairman of the editorial board of the League of California Cities "Municipal Law Handbook."

Mr. Wiener specializes in negotiating and documenting complex land use transactions. Transactions in which Mr. Wiener has been involved include the Montage Hotel Beverly Hills Gardens Project, the Ten Year Development Agreement between the City of Burbank and Bob Hope Airport, and land use and environmental issues surrounding the negotiation for the use of the Rose Bowl by a National Football League team.


A.B., Princeton University, 1983
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1987

Practice Areas

Assessments, Taxes and Proposition 218 Compliance
Brown Act, Conflicts of Interest and Ethics and Public Records Act

Climate Change
Complex Land Use Transactions
Planning, Zoning and Subdivision Map Act
Public Agency and Municipal Law
Public Works
Transportation, Aviation - Airport Law