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Dawn A. McIntoshMcIntosh, Dawn A.

Assistant City Attorney

Practice Areas

Environmental law, CEQA, NEPA, real estate, contracts

Background and Experience

Dawn McIntosh represents all City departments on issues pertaining to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other environmental matters, land use, real estate and contract documents, planning and development services, the Public Records Act, the Brown Act and may other matters relating to municipal operations. Ms. McIntosh also oversees the Harbor Department and Litigation Divisions of the City Attorney’s Office.

Prior to joining the Long Beach City Attorney’s Office, Ms. McIntosh was Senior Of Counsel at Meyers Nave where she successfully handled many litigation matters in state and federal courts, including appeals, and assisted municipal clients with transactional matters involving environmental, land use, constitutional issues (particularly First and Fifth Amendment issues), water rights and other regulatory issues. Ms. McIntosh also spent six years as an Attorney Advisor with NOAA General Counsel’s office, advising the National Marine Fisheries Service on issues relating to the Endangered Species Act, NEPA, the Administrative Procedures Act, water rights and other related issues throughout California and Hawaii.

Ms. McIntosh was named one of the “Top Women Lawyers” in California for 2016 by the Daily Journal.

Professional Affiliations

Ms. McIntosh is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice in all federal district courts in California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. She is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.


Ms. McIntosh received her law degree from the University of California, Davis, in 1992, where she served as an editor for Environs, the environmental law and policy journal, and served as Chair of the Moot Court Board. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1989.