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Brett Williamson Discusses Homeless Shelter Ruling in GlobeSt.com

July 18, 2016


O’Melveny partner Brett Williamson was featured in a July 18, 2016 GlobeSt.com Q&A about a court ruling that found San Clemente, California’s emergency-shelter ordinance fails to comply with state law requiring the availability of emergency shelters free from political interference.

“The ruling itself doesn’t change the law, and if municipalities have been following state law since signed into law in 2007, it shouldn’t change the way any municipalities in Southern California handle their housing element and zoning for the availability of shelters,” Williams said in the Q&A, "Homeless Shelter Ruling Presents Opportunity." The effort is not intended to change state law, Williamson added, rather, it is “trying to enforce what the legislature and Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law almost 10 years ago.”

O’Melveny, along with several other law firms, helped the Emergency Shelter Coalition obtain a peremptory writ of mandate in Superior Court against the City of San Clemente to vacate an existing zoning ordinance for emergency homeless shelters and prepare an amended ordinance that complies with the requirements of state law.

Williamson, based in Newport Beach and New York, has more than 25 years of experience handling patent and technology litigation in a wide variety of industries, including computer hardware and software, telecommunications, electronics, medical devices, and environmental engineering.