Representing Ratepayers and Taxpayers throughout California

Benink & Slavens, LLP is California's premier Proposition 218 and Proposition 26 law firm. It has successfully prosecuted dozens of lawsuits against local cities, towns, and special districts on behalf of ratepayers and taxpayers throughout the state. 

Benink & Slavens has extensive experience challenging:

  • Inequitable water and sewer rates
  • Hidden surcharges embedded in utility rates
  • Diversion of utility fees to fund general governmental operations
  • Property assessments that burden property owners but benefit the public
  • Mello-Roos Districts and special taxes
  • PBIDs (Property and Business Improvement District)
  • Surcharges disguised as "franchise fees"
  • Failure to respond to Pubic Records Act requests

The statute of limitations to challenge government conduct is often short -- as little as 30 days in some circumstances.  And your right to file a lawsuit often requires you to first seek relief from the government directly.  We can assist you in navigating these difficult issues.

Call 619-369-5252 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Eric J. Benink

Bar Admissions:

  • California, 1997

Education:

  • University of San Diego, JD / MBA, 1996
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BBA, 1992

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • California State Bar
  • Super Lawyers Designation 2014-2019

Attorney Vincent D. Slavens

Bar Admissions:

  • California, 2001

Education:

  • California Western School of Law, JD, 2001, (magna cum laude)
  • Corporate Finance, San Diego State University, BA, 1994

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • California State Bar

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