Ruben Duran

  • Managing Partner
  • Best Best & Krieger LLP

Managing Partner of the firm’s Ontario office, Ruben Duran represents exclusively public agencies in the Municipal Law and Government Policy & Public Integrity practice groups of Best Best & Krieger LLP. He brings a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to the practice of public law. With an emphasis on open government and transparency and complex conflicts of interest issues, as well as elections law, land use and planning issues, Ruben also provides special counsel to many of the firm’s clients.

He serves as city attorney for the cities of Ontario and Fontana and general counsel for the Oxnard Harbor District, which owns and operates the commercial Port of Hueneme in Ventura County and the Crescent City Harbor District at the Oregon border. Ruben is currently serving his second term as chair of the State Bar of California Board of Trustees, and was recently awarded IMLA’s Brown, Mulligan, Rocha Distinguished Public Service Award.


  • Financing Harbor Deepening and Widening Projects: Legal Developments on Existing Fee Authority

    With the growing need for harbor and channel deepening and widening projects, the ability to establish reliable revenue streams to fund improvements is becoming increasingly important. Federal law (33 USC section 2236) provides authority for establishing fees for such purposes, and a recent published decision helps demonstrate how this authority may be used. This presentation […]