Catherine Groves

Catherine J. Groves


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San Francisco

Catherine has a varied practice representing both public and private clients in the public arena. She provides legal and strategic business advice and support across a broad spectrum of internal functions. She drafts, negotiates, and advises clients on contracts in areas including public works, services, purchase and sale of goods and real estate, intergovernmental agreements, funding and grant agreements, software licensing and maintenance contracts, and software as a service. She regularly works closely with clients, collaborating to provide support to technical experts and executive-level staff.

Catherine also provides client training on the Brown Act, Public Records Act, records retention, and government ethics and governance laws. Additionally, she assists clients in complying with Federal Transit Administration grant conditions, funding agreements, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Her clients include cities and special districts.

Catherine has particular enthusiasm for, and expertise in, the evolving legal landscape of data protection and privacy laws. Catherine is passionate about providing pro bono assistance to various organizations and serves as the Deputy-Chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee.


"Amendment to the Brown Act Provides for New Website and Agenda Requirements," Government Law Alert (July 2017)

"New Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirement For Local Agency Officials: FAQ & Compliance Tips," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (March 2017)

"California Supreme Court Case Alert: Public Records on Private Accounts," co-author, Government Law Alert (March 2017)

"Why Take 8 Steps When You Can Get There In 4? The FPPC’s New Conflict of Interest Regulations for Public Officials in California," co-author, Public Law Journal (March 2016)

"California Enacts Privacy Law for Local Agencies: SB 272, Disclosure of Enterprise Systems," co-author, Public Agency Law Alert (November 2015)

“Ask the Experts: The Brown Act,” co-author, California Special Districts Association Magazine (April 2015)

"New Public Works Requirements for Contractors and Public Agencies Pursuant to SB 854," co-author, Public Agency Law Alert (December 2014)

"New Brown Act Reporting Requirements," co-author, Public Agency Law Alert (March 2014)

"Summary of California Appellate Cases," Association of California Water Agencies, Contributing Author of Summaries (2012-2013 and 2014-2015)

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"Information Privacy LawGovernment Data Collection & Disclosure Laws,” lecturer, University of San Francisco School of Law (November 2018)

"Who Owns the Data-Mitigating Data Breach Risks in a "Smarter" World,” Transportation Research Board 57th Annual Workshop (July 2018)

“Laws Governing Sensitive Information & Tips for Advising on Common Cyber Security Issues,” American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Legal Affairs Seminar (February 2018)

"Contract Tips for Protecting Sensitive Data and Reducing the Risk of a Breach and Top 5 Things to Do in the Week After a Data Breach," co-speaker, Northern California County Counsel Meeting (June 2017)

"Government Ethics Academy," co-speaker, Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (May 2016)

"Welcome to the Fishbowl: An Interactive Government Ethics Workshop," co-speaker, 2015 CSDA Annual Conference (September 2015)

"Ask the Legal Experts," co-speaker, 2015 CSDA General managers Leadership Summit (July 2015)

"State Water Resources Control Board Emergency Regulations for Water Suppliers," co-speaker, Public Agency Roundtable Series (July 2014)

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Community Involvement

Swords to Plowshares, Pro Bono Advisory Board Member

Professional Affiliations

The Bar Association of San Francisco, Cybersecurity and Privacy Law

MMANC Women's Leadership Summit, 2014 and 2015 Planning Committee Member

Academic Distinction

Berkeley Ecology Law Quarterly, Articles Editor

Berkeley Law Board of Advocates Team

Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law


J.D., University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law (2012)

B.A., highest departmental honors, University of California, Berkeley (2008)

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415-995-3535 Fax

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