City Attorney Charles Parkin has extensive experience with the City of Long Beach. He began his career in 1985 working for the Department of Oil Properties. In 1995 Mr. Parkin was hired as a Deputy City Attorney, in October of 2006 was promoted to Principal Deputy City Attorney and in January of 2012 was promoted to Assistant City Attorney. He was appointed to City Attorney by the Long Beach City Council on August 6, 2013
Mr. Parkin's experience includes representing the City of Long Beach in general civil litigation matters, negotiating settlements, conducting jury trials, bench trials, mediations, arbitrations and depositions.
Mr. Parkin has advised various City Departments including City Auditor, City Clerk, Water, Police, Fire, Oil Properties, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Community Development, Health, Public Works, Financial Management and Human Resources.
In addition to his administrative duties in the office, Mr. Parkin currently advises the City Council, City Clerk and also provides legal advice regarding Tidelands issues, open meeting laws and conflict of interest regulations.
Mr. Parkin is admitted to practice in California and before the United States District Court for the Central District, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Parkin is a member of the California State Bar Association (Public Law Section), Long Beach Bar Association (Elected to the Board of Governors for the terms of 2003-2004 and 2012-2013) and served as President of the Long Beach City Attorney's Association for the term of 2003-2004 and served as the Vice-President 2002-2003. Mr. Parkin has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Long Beach City Employees Federal Credit Union since 1998 and as Chairman since 2011, and is a member in good standing of the City Attorney Association of Los Angeles County.