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Former Carlsbad city attorney joins Best Best & Krieger

Ron Ball, the former city attorney of Carlsbad, has joined Best Best & Krieger LLP as an of counsel attorney, the firm announced Thursday.

Ball, who retired from his Carlsbad position in December after 26 years, will practice in BB&K’s San Diego office, where he will be a member of the firm’s municipal law practice group.

BB&K attorneys serve as city attorney to more than 30 cities in the state, and provide special counsel services to dozens more.

Ball has an extensive background in legal issues that affect cities.

During his tenure in Carlsbad, Ball worked on several high-profile legal matters, including the creation of California’s first financing district, the defense and implementation of the city’s growth management plan, and the drafting of the city’s first development agreement for Legoland.

He also worked on the drafting of the second agreement for the proposed Carlsbad desalination plant, the largest of its kind in the United States.

“Ron acquired extensive expertise in the critical areas of municipal law during his distinguished career as a city attorney,” said Jeff Ballinger, head of BB&K’s municipal law practice group.

Prior to joining Carlsbad in 1986, Ball was an attorney with Mendocino County.

Ball is the California State chair of the International Municipal Lawyers’ Association.

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