AGC Law Firm
Southern California
13181 Crossroads Pkwy North
Suite 400 - West Tower
City of Industry, CA 91746
tel 562.699.5500 fax 562.692.2244
Northern California
6525 Washington Street Suite 12
P O Box 4016
Yountville, CA 94599
tel 707.944.0540 fax 707.944.0580
Norma Copado
Senior Partner

Norma Copado is a Senior Partner with Alvarez-Glasman & Colvin (AGC), specializing in all areas of Municipal and Public Agency Law, and has extensive experience as a transactional attorney and litigator. Ms. Copado has extensive experience invoking administrative, civil, and criminal remedies on behalf of numerous municipalities throughout the State of California. Ms. Copado currently serves as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Commerce; Deputy City Attorney for the Cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Lynwood, Huntington Park and Chico; and Assistant Special Counsel for the County of San Bernardino.

On a daily basis, Ms. Copado advises municipal and public agency clients on general government law matters, as well as, public safety, land use and zoning law, compliance with CEQA, code enforcement, business tax and regulatory licensing matters, constitutional law, and employment law. Ms. Copado further advises clients on a regular basis on topics including the Public Records Act, Ralph M. Brown Act, election law, and conflicts of interest, and drafts legal opinions to the offices of the city clerk and council members regarding interpretation of these areas.

Ms. Copado currently serves as lead counsel during city council and planning commission meetings. Ms. Copado also currently presides over community meetings and city council study sessions over a myriad of issues, including public safety, cannabis regulations, housing, homelessness, code enforcement, accessory dwelling units, and short-term rentals. She is responsible for, and has extensive experience in, drafting ordinances, resolutions, policy directives, and legal opinions. She is also responsible for drafting, negotiating and interpreting contracts, memorandums of understanding, purchase and sale agreements, and development agreements. 

Prior to joining AGC, Ms. Copado worked for a law firm for over twelve years with an "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and quality of its legal service, and was listed in the National Bar Register of Pre-eminent Law Firms. Ms. Copado served as an experienced litigator, city prosecutor, code enforcement attorney, and special counsel specializing in municipal law, public agency law, and code enforcement, with a client roster of over 50 cities in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Mateo and San Diego Counties.

Ms. Copado was raised in Maywood, California, and attended Yale University, earning a B.A. in Political Science. Before attending Loyola Law School and earning her Juris Doctorate degree, she worked for the City of Los Angeles Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families, analyzing local, state and federal policy and legislation. During her tenure at Loyola Law School, she was a Certified Law Clerk for the Inner City Law Center and the City of Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. She also was a Judicial Extern for Honorable Justice Carlos R. Moreno in the United States District Court, Central District, in Los Angeles.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, New Haven, CT (1997)
  • Juris Doctor, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (2002)
ADMISSIONS
  • California (2002)
  • United States District Court (2002)
PRACTICE AREAS
  • Municipal and Public Agency Law
  • Land Use, Zoning Law and Real Estate Development
  • Ordinance Drafting and Implementation
  • Public Safety
  • Cannabis Regulation
  • Code Enforcement, Municipal Prosecution and Misdemeanor Criminal Appeals
  • Business Licensing and Regulations, Tax, Fees, Lien and Assessment Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • General Litigation
  • Health & Safety Receiverships
  • Public Records Act, Ralph M. Brown Act, and Conflicts of Interest