Quinn M. BarrowShareholderLos Angeles







Quinn M. Barrow is a shareholder in the Public Law Department at Richards, Watson & Gershon. Since joining the Firm in 1980, Mr. Barrow has specialized in municipal law with an emphasis in general municipal representation, land use and planning law, and environmental law.

Mr. Barrow is the City Attorney for the Cities of South El Monte (1989-1997, 2003-) and Manhattan Beach (2012-); Agency Counsel for the Successor Agency to the South El Monte Improvement District; and Legal Counsel, Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (2008-). He has also served as City Attorney for the Cities of Seal Beach (1989-2014), Buena Park (1999-2002), and Adelanto (1990-1992); and Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of Artesia, Beverly Hills, Carson, Cudahy, and Rancho Palos Verdes.

Mr. Barrow has drafted extensive revisions of Municipal Codes and General Plans for the Cities of Seal Beach, South El Monte, Carson, and Beverly Hills and environmental guidelines for the Cities of Beverly Hills and South El Monte. He has delivered presentations on the Subdivision Map Act, California Environmental Quality Act and discretionary permits. In addition, Mr. Barrow has presented orientation sessions to numerous City Council members and City Commissioners regarding the Brown Act, proper municipal expenditures, conflicts of interest law and governmental procedure.

Mr. Barrow has successfully defended numerous public entities against challenges to City Council decisions and actions. In a published opinion, the Court of Appeal affirmed the decision of the trial court granting the city's motion for dismissal of a case where a developer sued a city for $11 million in damages based upon the city's denial of a housing project (Mola Development Corp. v. City of Seal Beach, 57 Cal.App.4th 405 (1997)). Other successful defenses for cities include Brown v. Seal Beach (Civil rights action against City and police officer); Stark v. Seal Beach (Federal civil rights case against City and Councilmembers); Harrison v. South El Monte (Action to compel City to issue permits to Adult Business); Century National v. Bixby (Challenge to EIR). In addition, Mr. Barrow has successfully prosecuted eminent domain actions and defended earth movement cases involving landslides in the Palos Verdes Peninsula (Portuguese Bend, Flying Triangle, Bluff Cove, and Abalone Cove) and Malibu (Big Rock Mesa).

A.B., summa cum laude, SUNY, Brockport, 1976
J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1980
Practice Areas

Land Use
Public Agency and Municipal Law