Lawyer Detail

Ian McLaughlin

Senior Staff Attorney & Program Director

ChangeLab Solutions

2201 Broadway, Suite 502 
Oakland, CA 94612


Areas of Expertise

  • Parks infrastructure & recreational programming
  • Public financing strategies

Available For

  • Referrals
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Technical Assistance



Publications and Research


Ian McLaughlin is a senior staff attorney and program director with ChangeLab Solutions, working both on tobacco control and childhood obesity issues. Ian’s practice focuses on creating healthy retail environments, public financing (taxes and fees), and code enforcement issues, and he provides training and legal technical assistance in all of these areas. Ian sits on the Park, Recreation and Open Space Commission for the City of Walnut Creek, California, and also serves as a municipal administrative hearing officer for the City of Petaluma, California, conducting hearings and deciding a variety of code enforcement matters. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Ian practiced municipal law with a private law firm, Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson, and served as City Attorney for the City of Clearlake, California, and Assistant City Attorney for the City of Healdsburg. He has also served as legislative counsel to the Hawaii State Senate and the National Legislature of the Republic of Palau. Ian graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law.


  • Zoning for Zucchini, Licensing for Lettuce:  Policy Approaches in the Retail Environment – California Childhood Obesity Conference. June 19, 2013.