Hon. Jeffrey King (Ret.)

T: 909-942-5942
F: 909-889-2162
Government/Public Agency

Having served on the appellate and trial court benches, Justice King has presided over, issued opinions for, and resolved numerous disputes involving governmental entities and regulations. These matters involved eminent domain, inverse condemnation, zoning, tax, civil rights, and environmental issues, among others.

While a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge, he oversaw the county’s CEQA litigation involving residential, commercial, and public properties. He also has experience over jurisdictional questions relating to California’s Public Utilities Commission, which regulates privately owned utility and transportation companies. Prior to his judicial career, he also handled numerous tort liability claims involving governmental entities as a civil litigator.

Representative Matters

  • Voting rights dispute as to accuracy of voting machines
  • Suit against school district for censure of board member; suit based on violation of due process and equal protection
  • Declaratory relief as to legality of government imposed assessments
  • Numerous matters involving the legality of ordinances banning and/or regulating medical marijuana dispensaries
  • Challenge to local assessment on residential property
  • Refund of property taxes over geothermal energy operation
  • Action to set aside sales tax measure for failure to perform an environmental impact report (EIR)
  • Validity of special business assessments
  • Action for refund of monies paid for real property at tax sale
  • Challenge to city assessment on hotel owners
  • Challenging constitutionality of outdoor sign ordinances
  • Jurisdiction of trial court and relationship to California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) as to the undergrounding of transmission lines
  • Exclusivity of PUC jurisdiction as to location of street luminaires

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Kaufman-Campbell Judge of the Year Award, San Bernardino County Bar Association, 2015
  • Roger J. Traynor Memorial Appellate Justice of the Year Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2014
  • Judicial Officer of the Year, Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, 2013
  • Judge of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates, Inland Empire Chapter, 2007
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1994-present
  • Member, John Lewis King Scholarship Committee, which provides scholarships to law students
  • Rancho Cucamonga City Council, 1984-1988
    • Mayor, City of Rancho Cucamonga, 1986
  • Served on the Rancho Cucamonga Planning Commission, 1981-1984
    • Planning Commission Chairman, 1982-1984

Background and Education

  • Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, 2003-2016
  • Superior Court Judge, San Bernardino County, 1995-2003
  • Markman, Archinzky, Hansen & King, 1989-1995
  • Garza, Jure & King, 1981-1989
  • King & Gebbie, 1979-1981
  • Law Offices of Jeffrey King & Pamela King, 1978-1979
  • Law Offices of Herbert Hafif, 1976-1978
  • J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • B.A., University of Redlands

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