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Eric S. Vail

Eric S. Vail

Partner - Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County

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Eric S. Vail, a Partner of Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP, is Chair of the firm’s sixty-six member Public Law Practice Group and serves on the firm’s Management Committee.  During his twenty five years practicing public law, he has gained invaluable experience representing a variety of public entities as either general or special counsel, and become fluent in general municipal law; conflicts of interest and public transparency, land use, public transactions, transition issues and joint powers authorities.  Currently, Eric serves as City Attorney for the City of Hemet, City of Temple City, and City of Cathedral City and as General Counsel to SunLine Transit Agency.

Through the years Eric has also represented a number of other public entities as City Attorney, Assistant City Attorney, or special counsel, including Omnitrans, Orange County Development Authority, City of Moreno Valley, Riverside Redevelopment Agency, the Housing Authority for the County of San Bernardino, the Goleta Redevelopment Agency, Riverside County Education Foundation, and Housing Partners I, Inc., Hemet Community Land Trust , Port Hueneme Redevelopment Agency, City of Lawndale, City of Elk Grove, City of Banning, City of Lake Forest, City of Hesperia, City of Ontario and the Chaffey Joint Union High School District.

Eric has experience with recall elections, term limits and citizen initiatives.  He has helped City Councils negotiate and contract with new city managers and other department heads, and navigate difficult retirement, discipline and dismissal of employees.  In his capacity as City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney, Eric has administered legal resources for his clients and managed legal staffs of up to 30 legal service providers. 


  • Transparency Strategies, LAFCO for San Bernardino County, Mojave Water Agency, January 29, 2018
  • Using Council Protocols to Build Consensus and Make Ethical Decisions, League of California Cities 2011 Annual Conference
  • Managing City Attorney Costs in Challenging Times, , League of California Cities 2011 City Attorney's Conference
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