About the City Attorney

Senior Associate


Christian L. Bettenhausen is a partner with the law firm of Jones & Mayer. Mr. Bettenhausen currently serves as City Attorney for the Cities of California City and Placentia, and as Assistant City Attorney in the City of Westminster. Previously he served as Deputy City Attorney in Fullerton, Costa Mesa and Whittier.

Mr. Bettenhausen’s practice focuses almost exclusively on the representation of cities and other public agencies. His practice is primarily advisory and transactional, but also involves land use and landlord tenant litigation. He is knowledgeable in most areas of the law affecting cities, and regularly advises city councils and department heads. Mr. Bettenhausen has particular expertise in land use and zoning matters, real estate law, public contract law, competitive bidding, public works contracts, leases and development agreements, redevelopment law, affordable housing matters (CDBG, HUD, covenants), drafting ordinances and resolutions, and Airport Law. He has been actively involved in the resolution of a number of disputes on large public work projects/buildings.

He regularly provides training to public officials on the Brown Act, Conflict of Interest Rules and the Public Records Act. On occasion he also handles probate matters, drafts wills, trusts and other estate planning documents.

Mr. Bettenhausen received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 1989. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1998 from Western State University College of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude and second in his class. While in law school he served on Law Review, and received five American Jurisprudence awards in Real Property Law, Tort Law, Wills, Civil Procedure I and Civil Procedure II. He has been with the firm of Jones & Mayer since July of 2000.

Prior to Jones & Mayer, Mr. Bettenhausen worked for the firm of Carroll, Gilbert and Bachor, practicing civil and business litigation. He also interned for Presiding Justice David G. Sills at the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

J.D., Western State University College of Law (1998)
B.A. Business Administration, Pepperdine University (1989)
California Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United States District Court for the Southern Districts of California
Practice Areas
Municipal Law
Land Use and Zoning
Transactional/ Business Law
Public Contract Law
Conflicts of Interests
Airport Law
Prof. Affiliations
State Bar of California