Tim W. Giles
Tim served as the City Attorney of the City of Goleta from 2008 until joining the firm of Casso & Sparks in 2017. He assumed the position from contract legal counsel and established a new in-house legal department, directing and prioritizing activities and operation of the City Attorney’s Office including retaining special legal counsel when cost effective. As the City Attorney, Tim managed three full-time employees, one intern and 10-15 special legal counsel, overseeing an operating budget of $1.375M, not including tort defense. In his capacity as City Attorney, Tim provided legal advice and guidance to the Council, Manager and staff and actively participated in strategic policy development with the City Council and Manager.
Tim’s legal expertise includes land use, development agreements, tax, elections, litigation, code enforcement, capital improvement and oil and gas experience, CEQA compliance, redevelopment, initiatives, eminent domain, real estate transactions, franchises, utilities regulation, intergovernmental relations and employment and labor relations issues.
Tim also manages complex litigation, including challenging the State in Redevelopment Agency dissolution litigation. Tim successfully resolved Goleta’s six-year backlog of litigation, including successfully defending the City’s mobile home rent control ordinance against a taking challenge which was appealed to the United States Supreme Court.
Tim’s role as City Attorney included representing the Council to the public and media on sensitive subjects.
Tim negotiated complex agreements including termination of a significant legal non-conforming oil and gas processing facility. Tim also negotiated numerous interagency cooperation agreements ranging from revising the tax sharing agreement adopted at incorporation to structuring cooperative agreements for library services, flood control improvements, airport land development and a fire station.
Tim also drafted numerous municipal ordinances addressing a wide variety of subject matters including vacation rentals and recent changes to marijuana regulations.
Tim has extensive experience in land use including overseeing the adoption and implementation of Goleta’s General Plan Update and initial ordinance codification project and zoning code revision.
Before becoming the City Attorney for the City of Goleta, Tim was the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Thousand Oaks from 1998 through 2008. His work at the City of Thousand Oaks included all areas of municipal law with primary assignments including litigation, municipal prosecution, finance, insurance, code enforcement.
Tim represented the Public Works Department on issues related to maintenance operations, contracts, engineering, construction, regulatory compliance, traffic planning, and capital improvement projects. As well as advised the City Council, Planning Commission, Disabled Access Appeals Board and City Staff on legal issues.
He was responsible for significant and sensitive projects before the City Council and Redevelopment Agency. His work included advising the City Clerk on elections, records retention, Public Records Act, Brown Act and other procedures.
Tim helped oversee negotiations, processing and implementation of complex development rights transfer project resulting in City acquiring approximately 180 acres of open space. (Western Plateau).
Tim advised municipal utility departments on issues ranging from construction contracting to rate setting, tort litigation and municipal code prosecutions.