Jennifer M. Lyon | Member

Jennifer M. Lyon currently serves as the City Attorney for the City of Imperial Beach. She also serves as General Counsel to the Ramona Municipal Water District, the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, and the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District.

Jennifer Lyon

Jennifer M. Lyon

She regularly advises her clients on the full range of municipal law issues, including land use, open meeting laws, conflicts of interest, public contracting, personnel and labor relations, fee setting, code enforcement, parliamentary procedure and environmental issues. Her practice includes representing clients in every aspect of the daily operations of a local government entity and assisting with long-term special projects.

Jennifer joined the firm in May of 2003 and served as the City Attorney for the City of Calexico from 2005-2015. Jennifer has served as the appointed City Attorney for the City of Imperial Beach since February of 2010. As a city attorney and general counsel, she has experience advising every aspect of a local government entity, including fire and police departments, municipal airports, and municipal water and wastewater enterprise departments.

As a former Senior Deputy with the City of San Diego Criminal Division, Jennifer trained and supervised numerous attorneys in the filing of criminal charges, appearing in court and negotiating with defense counsel. As a former prosecutor with the City of San Diego, she handled jury and bench trials. Jennifer’s experience in both trying cases and advising decision-making bodies makes her an effective advocate and legal advisor.

Jennifer was the President of the City Attorneys Association of San Diego from 2014 to 2015. Jennifer also gives presentations and training seminars each year on various topics including the following:

  • Brown Act (Open Meeting Law)
  • Public Records Act
  • Conflict of Interest
  • AB 1234
  • Fees, assessments, and Proposition 26

EDUCATION

  • California Western School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2001
  • San Diego State University, B.A., summa cum laude, English, 1997

AFFILIATIONS

  • California State Bar
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • City Attorneys Association of San Diego