Alexandra Atencio

Alexandra V. Atencio

Senior Counsel

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Public Agency
Public Agency
San Francisco

Alex provides both affirmative and defense services to a variety of public-sector clients including cities, counties, transit agencies, special districts and regional planning entities. Alex litigates in areas including code enforcement, civil rights, land use, and issues under the first, fourth, and fourteenth amendments. She has handled tort defense cases involving issues such as dangerous condition of public property, design immunity and other personal injury matters. She also provides risk management advice to public-sector clients, including government claims procedures and defenses. 

In addition, Alex represents individuals and companies in a broad range of civil litigation matters involving contracts, intellectual property, health care, product liability, unlawful detainer, and construction. Alex represents her clients in state and federal courts, before regulatory agencies and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Representative Work

Won summary judgment in favor of a local public agency in a challenge to the agency’s design immunity for lack of a median barrier. The court found that technological advances do not strip the agency of design immunity where no dangerous condition exists.

Won summary judgment in favor of a local public agency in a case involving a bicycle accident on the agency’s property. The court found the agency entitled to trail immunity.

Won summary judgment in favor of a non-profit healthcare facility in a qui tam action alleging violations of the False Claims Act.


"Public Entities Risk Losing Design Immunity Where They Fail to Present Evidence Of Discretionary Approval Of A Design," Public Agency Law Alert (April 2014)

"New Ruling Affects Prelitigation Settlements of Wrongful Death Claims," Litigation Alert (January 2012) (April 2012 – opinion ordered depublished)

"Risks of Using Social Media to Solicit Clients," Litigation Alert (March 2012) 

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Professional Affiliations

California Special District Association

State Bar of California

Bar Association of San Francisco

Women in Transportation International


J.D., cum laude, University of San Francisco School of Law (2003)

B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Betta Kappa, San Diego State University (1997)

Admissions And Courts


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

San Francisco

415-995-5870 Direct Phone
415-995-3495 Fax

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Firm Leadership

Pro Bono Committee