Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP
1800 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, California 92262
John O. Pinkney is a partner with Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP. He serves as a City attorney for a Southern California City and as general counsel to a redevelopment agency and a public utility authority. He also serves as general counsel to a municipal hospital. Mr. Pinkney has also served as deputy city attorney to several cities. Mr. Pinkney is also special litigation counsel to Southern California cities and special districts. Mr. Pinkney also serves as litigation defense counsel to two Southern California Native American tribes. In addition, Mr. Pinkney represents Southern California banking institutions and privately owned businesses, real estate developers and agricultural interests.
Mr. Pinkney has been actively involved with the local community having served on the board and as president of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and on a City Commission. Mr. Pinkney serves as a board member of the Palm Springs International Film Festival and has served on the board of the Desert Aids Project, Riverside County Chapter of the American Red Cross and on the advisory boards of two banking institutions.
Mr. Pinkney has represented public agencies in large and complex litigation matters. These matters have included constitutional rights issues, contract issues and cases involving disputes over large scale real estate projects. He served as co-trial-counsel for a city and redevelopment agency client in a complex trial in which the client obtained a $17 million dollar judgment against a developer. Mr. Pinkney also obtained $4.5 million for a city client that was damaged when a large international retail company breached an operating covenant agreement.
Mr. Pinkney has successfully defended property owners in complex large damage cases, including successfully defending a real estate investor in a $27 million dollar breach of contract case. He has also obtained several million dollars in recovery for agricultural interests in crop damage cases and has successfully litigated and handled a plethora of matters for public agencies, hospitals, Native American tribes and private businesses.
Mr. Pinkney received his B.A. and J.D., with honors, from Brigham Young University where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi, Inns of Court and Order of the Barristers, and served as chairman of the Moot Court program. While in law school, he was a member of BYU’s National Moot Court Team and was a founding member of one of the law school’s law journals.
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- California Bar (1992)
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
- The State Bar of California
- Desert Bar Association
- Desert Chapter of the American Red Cross
- Palm Springs International Film Festival, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
- Local Banking Institutions, Advisory Board