BEN FAY specializes in local government revenues, land use, and complex municipal litigation. He has represented local governments throughout California defending local taxes, fees, and assessments, and he regularly advises cities and special districts on the application of Propositions 13, 26, 62, and 218 to taxes, fees, and assessments. He has also developed a special expertise in property tax allocation. Ben has defended land use decisions against a broad array of constitutional and statutory challenges, including claims under equal protection, due process, interstate commerce, takings, and the California Coastal Act.
He has prepared several amicus curiae briefs for the League of California Cities in cases concerning local government revenues, and he served on the League's Proposition 26 Implementation Guide Committee.
He is a reviewer of the Finance and Economic Development chapter of the California Municipal Law Handbook, and he guest lectures at Hastings College of the Law on local government revenues. Ben graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 1995. Prior to forming the firm, Ben was a principal with the Meyers Nave law firm where he handled constitutional, tax, and land use litigation. Ben was selected by Law & Politics for inclusion in its list of "Super Lawyers" in Northern California for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 which seeks to list the top five percent of lawyers in Northern California through a process of independent evaluation and peer review.