Madeline Chun

Madeline Chun


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Public Agency
Public Agency
San Francisco

Madeline represents public agencies as general and special counsel. Her particular areas of expertise include public transportation and public contracts, procurement, public works, civil rights, real property, and government ethics.

Madeline is closely involved with the planning and development of major public undertakings in the Bay Area. She is involved in all phases of the seismic retrofit to the Golden Gate Bridge. She handled the acquisition of 150 miles of railroad right of way from Marin to Mendocino and the transfer from private to public ownership of the rail corridor between San Francisco to San Jose. She has advised on joint powers authority government structures, transit oriented development projects and agreements for freight and passenger rail operations.

Madeline has developed procurement manuals and standards covering a wide range of public contracts. She advises on complex technology procurements, including the "smart card" toll collection technologies for the Bay Area's bridges and the interoperable regional transit fare collection system. She has overseen the procurement of new bus and ferry acquisitions, integrated financial and asset management technology systems, and the use of formal competitive negotiation procedures to engage transit operating services. She is well versed in the statutory and regulatory framework under which public transportation agencies operate, including federal grant conditions, Section 504 and ADA accessibility requirements and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise regulations.


"Transit Agency Not Liable for ADA Violations When It Complies with DOT ADA Regulations," Public Agency Advisory (August 2009)

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"Hot Topics in Procurement," moderator, 2014 APTA Legal Affairs Seminar (February 2014)

"Keeping Abreast of Civil Rights Developments Affecting Public Transit Agencies," moderator, Legal Affairs Seminar of the American Public Transportation Association (February 2010)

"Strategies for Limiting and Funding Your OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits) Liability," Northern California County Counsels Association (July 2009)

"The Magic Bus is Here!" American Public Transportation Bus and Paratransit Conference (May 2009)

"Successful Procurement of Toll Systems and Services," International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (April 2009)

"Procurement Workshop on Recent Developments in Transit Procurement Law and Practice," American Public Transportation Association (February 2009)

"Avoiding the Bridge to Nowhere: Top 10 (Legal) Tips for Improving Your Public Works Projects," Contra Costa County City Attorneys Association (October 2008)

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Community Involvement

Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, Board of Directors

San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, Board of Directors

Equal Rights Advocates, former Board member

Professional Affiliations

Chair, American Public Transportation Association, Legal Affairs Committee

Bar Association of San Francisco

Asian American Bar Association

Senator Dianne Feinstein's Judicial Advisory Committee for Northern California, past member


J.D., University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law (1979)

B.A., magna cum laude, Yale University (1976)

Admissions And Courts



Mandarin Chinese


San Francisco

415-995-5032 Direct Phone
415-995-3454 Fax

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