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Chapman University, SOL

J.D., Class of 2009

University of California, Irvine

B.A., Class of 2005


California State Bar, 2010


Natalie C. Karpeles has spent a majority of her legal career as a criminal prosecutor for various government entities, such as the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, the Orange County District Attorney's Office, the Office of the Long Beach City Prosecutor and, most recently, as the City Prosecutor for the City of Hermosa Beach.  She currently serves as Deputy City Attorney for the cities of Monterey Park, Bellflower, Chino Hills, and El Segundo.

Ms. Karpeles’s practice consists of advising city clients on land use, zoning, planning and environmental laws; and advising on all other legal issues associated with municipal law practice, such as open meeting requirements and public records laws.  Ms. Karpeles previously served as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Rolling Hills (2015-2017), including serving as counsel to its Planning Commission; and regularly advised the cities of Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Malibu, Palos Verdes Estates, Santa Paula and West Hollywood in the areas of land use, public contracting, and general municipal law.  Before joining HLG, Ms. Karpeles was a member of Jenkins & Hogin, LLP (2013-2017).

Some notable publications and service activities include:

  • League of California Cities, Municipal Law Handbook Committee, Chapter 12 - Code Enforcement, Chair (2016-2018).

  • Co-authored “Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine: An Examination of the Publics’ Access to Government Officials’ Texts, Emails and Legal Bills Under the Public Records Act (and the Corollary Effect on CEQA Records),” introduced at Law Seminars International’s California Environmental Quality Act seminar, September 2015.

  • Co-authored “Massage Regulation and Restoration of Local Land Use Authority under AB 1147,” introduced at the League of California Cities’ City Attorneys’ Spring Conference, May 2015.

Ms. Karpeles earned her Juris Doctor degree from Chapman University, after graduating with honors from the University of California, Irvine, as a double major in Political Science and Philosophy.

Ms. Karpeles is admitted to practice in all California State Courts and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.