County Counsel

The County Counsel for Santa Barbara County is Rachel Van Mullem.  The Board of Supervisors appointed Ms. Van Mullem on May 18, 2021.   


By statute, County Counsel is the legal adviser to the Board of Supervisors. We advance and defend the County's civil policies and actions by: looking ahead; advising and providing options; and litigating. We work closely with the Board of Supervisors and other County officers to maintain the civil legal integrity of the County of Santa Barbara.


We defend or prosecute all civil litigation in which the County, or its officers or employees in their official capacities, are parties. We provide civil legal advice and services to: the Board of Supervisors, other County officers, Departments, Boards, Commissions, Committees, and Special Districts. All of this advances the County's public service objectives, while helping to protect the County from loss and risk.



Office of County Counsel

105 E. Anapamu Street, Suite 201
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 568-2950
Fax: (805) 568-2982


Office Hours: 8:00 - 5:00 PM - Closed for lunch 12:00 - 1 PM

SB Courthouse