Mary E. Binning is Of Counsel in Lozano Smith's Los Angeles office. Her practice is focused on local government and municipal law issues for public agencies in Southern California.
Ms. Binning has served numerous Southern California cities as both Deputy City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney. She was responsible for Municipal Code revisions, researching laws, preparation of ordinances, resolutions, contracts, permits and other forms and provided legal opinions on a wide range of municipal issues. She has acted as chief office contact for personnel matters, including employee discipline and disciplinary investigations, Skelly hearings, as well as labor and employment contracts.
She has worked with various city departments, including public safety (Police and Fire), parks, recreation and library. She has assisted with the incorporation of nonprofit and charitable organizations on behalf of City clients.
Ms. Binning has authored an amici curiae brief selected for Choice-in-Education League v. Los Angeles Unified School District (1993) 17 Cal.App.4th 415, 21 Cal.Rptr.2d 303. In addition, she authored "Invocations at School Board Meetings: Still Constitutional After All These Years." Religion, Education and the U. S. Constitution 1 (1994)
Ms. Binning has presented on AB 1234 ethics training for elected and appointed officials as well as prepared and presented Stop Notices training for Public Works, City Clerk and Finance departments.
Ms. Binning received her Juris Doctor (cum laude) from the University of San Diego School of Law. She earned a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from California State University, Long Beach and received her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science of Foreign Service, from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.