Dedicated to Public Service

Quintanilla & Associates TeamSteven B. Quintanilla Mr. Quintanilla is the President of the Firm which he created in 2014, after spending nearly 20 years with the former law firm of Green, de Bortnowsky & Quintanilla. Mr. Quintanilla was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1992 and since then he has practiced exclusively in the area of municipal law and its related fields, including land use, planning, real estate, environmental compliance, affordable housing, public works projects, mobilehome parks, rent control, labor, employment, municipal solid waste, records management, code enforcement, tax measures, elections, conflicts of interest, ethics, the Ralph M. Brown Act and the Public Records Act. Currently, Mr. Quintanilla serves as the City Attorney and City Prosecutor for the Cities of Rancho Mirage and Desert Hot Springs and General Counsel for the Rancho Mirage and Desert Hot Springs Successor Agencies, the Rancho Mirage Housing Authority, the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Auburn, Murrieta Valley, Orange County, Palm Springs and Temecula Public Cemetery Districts. In addition, Mr. Quintanilla serves as General Counsel for several non-profit organizations, including the Rancho Mirage Public Library Foundation, Friends of the 29 Palms Library, Rancho Mirage Writers Festival and Palm Springs Modernism Week. Mr. Quintanilla is the author of a feature article on the historic development of the Brown Act published in “Western Cities” magazine by the League of California Cities. He has prepared several comprehensive guides suitable for use by public officials regarding state ethics laws, the Brown Act, and the Mobilehome Residency Law. Local public agencies and community organizations frequently invite him to speak on issues such as open and public meetings, disclosure of public records, government ethics, conflicts of interest, general plans, constitutional law, land use proceedings, code enforcement and mobile home park regulations. Mr. Quintanilla is also a frequent contributor to the editorial page of the Coachella Valley’s Desert Sun newspaper and has prepared several commentaries for the Desert Sun on topics ranging from ethics in government to effective public participation in the local political process. The major news publications in the Coachella Valley Community, The Desert Sun Newspaper, the Public Record, the Business Press and La Prensa Hispana Newspaper, have recognized Mr. Quintanilla for his professional accomplishments and his many contributions to the community. Mr. Quintanilla’s educational background includes a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, an M.A. in Urban Planning from the UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a B.A. in Environmental Policy from the UCLA Geography Department from which he graduated magna cum laude and with numerous other academic honors. Mr. Quintanilla is a member of the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is admitted to practice before all the courts of the State of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Law Offices of Quintanilla & Associates (“Q&A”) was founded by Steven B. Quintanilla, after nearly 20 years of representing cities, redevelopment agencies, special districts, joint powers agencies, community services districts and non-profit organizations.

Q&A specializes in all aspects of public agency law, which includes without limitation, ethics, contracts, land use planning, environmental, code enforcement, real estate, public works construction projects, personnel, labor relations, taxes, assessments and fees, municipal finance and litigation. In addition, the firm has particular expertise in the areas of regulating sexually oriented businesses, medical marijuana facilities and mobile home parks, and implementing and administering effective and cost efficient code enforcement programs.

Currently, Q&A is a small firm of just eight attorneys and two support staff members, all of whom are genuinely dedicated to a life of public and community service. Although small in number, we are big when it comes to enthusiasm, competence and work ethic. We have an excellent reputation for providing timely, sound and practicable legal advice. We also are fully appreciative of our limited role in the day-to-day public decision making process – we are not the policy makers. As such, we closely listen to each client to assess the client’s needs, objectives and goals and we limit our advice to legal advice regarding how the client can legally fulfill its needs, meet its objectives and obtain its goals, within the framework of the highest ethical standards applicable to the public decision making process.

TheTeam(1)Q&A is very dedicated to providing its legal services in an environmentally-friendly manner, meaning that we utilize the best available computer and communication technologies to perform as much of our work as possible to avoid wasting paper and energy, while making certain the client’s needs are still fully met. We are also dedicated to providing our legal services in the most cost effective manner by not charging clients for attorney or staff time associated with traveling, word processing, faxing, calendaring meetings, etc. Instead, the client only pays the actual costs incurred by the firm with no mark up for time. We believe this is both fair and ethical, particularly when tax dollars are used to pay for the client’s legal expenses.

Finally, although we are kept very busy with our major municipal and special district clients, we always reserve time to provide legal services on a pro bono basis for selected non-profit organizations that serve the communities we represent. “Giving back to the communities we serve” is not an empty cliché to Q&A. We really do what we believe in through providing pro bono legal services, providing financial support, aiding in fundraising efforts and even providing physical labor to those non-profit (tax-exempt) organizations that provide needed services in the communities we represent. We do this just because we simply believe it is a good thing to do.