rwgSteven L. Flower
Steven L. FlowerShareholderLos Angeles

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Steven L. Flower is a shareholder in the Public Law Department at Richards, Watson & Gershon. Mr. Flower serves as the City Attorney of the City of San Marino and Assistant City Attorney of the Cities of Brea and Rancho Cucamonga.

In addition to representing public agencies across a wide range of government law and land use matters, Mr. Flower regularly advises cities on telecommunications matters, including cable television franchising, local wireless telecommunications regulations, and cell site leasing. He has additional transactional and litigation experience in CEQA, First Amendment, public works, and fair housing; including a published opinion in Putnam Family Partnership v. City of Yucaipa, 673 F.3d 920 (9th Cir. 2012), which vindicated the right of cities to create senior housing zones consistent with the Federal Fair Housing Act.

Mr. Flower currently serves as President of the Orange County City Attorney's Association (OCCAA). Mr. Flower is also active in the League of California Cities. He previously served on the City Attorney Department's Brown Act Committee and the League committee that edited the latest edition of Practicing Ethics: A Handbook for Municipal Lawyers.

Mr. Flower obtained his law degree from the University of Southern California Law School. During law school he served as Executive Notes Editor of the Southern California Law Review.
Mr. Flower is the author of "Suspicious Minds: The Federal Telecommunications Act Converges with the Doctrine of Prior Restraints in the Ninth Circuit," 3 Public Law Journal 1 (Fall 2007), and "Toward Correcting the Misapplication of Subrogation in California Healthcare," 77 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1039 (2004).


B.A., Wesleyan University, 1996
M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 1998
J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 2004

Practice Areas

Planning, Zoning and Subdivision Map Act
Public Agency and Municipal Law
Public Works