Madeline Chun

Madeline Chun


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Government Ethics
Government Ethics
San Francisco

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

Madeline chairs the Public Transit & Transportation Practice Group at Hanson Bridgett, and is the immediate past chair of the American Public Transportation Association Legal Affairs Committee. She is nationally recognized for her extensive experience in federal public transportation law, including Americans with Disabilities Act, Buy America, charter rules, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, environmental regulations, and procurement.

Madeline serves as general and special counsel to major regional public transportation agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, San Mateo County Transit District, and Caltrain.

Representative Work

Developed procurement policies, standards and manuals in public contracts.

Advised on legal issues associated with major infrastructure improvements to the Golden Gate Bridge, such as the conversion to all electronic toll collection, design and installation of the movable median barrier, multiple phases of the seismic retrofit of the bridge, and development of the suicide deterrent system.

Drafted interagency agreement for the Clipper® interoperable regional transit fare collection system, involving 22 transit systems.

Negotiated comprehensive transit service agreements for fixed route and paratransit service.

Negotiated the acquisition of 150 miles of railroad right of way from Marin to Mendocino and assisted with the development of the governance structure for the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART).


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

"Ninth Circuit Upholds Environmental Review of Downtown LA 'Regional Connector' Subway Project," co-author, Public Transit & Transportation Alert (December 2016)

"Ruling is an important lesson for CalPERS employers," co-author, Daily Journal (July 2016)

"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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"APTA Member Profile: Meet Madeline Chun!" APTA Passenger Transport (October 2015)

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, 2015-2016

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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