Nicole Witt

Nicole S. Witt

Senior Counsel

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Public Agency
Public Agency
San Francisco

Nicole's practice focuses on government and public agency law. Nicole serves as General Counsel to West County Wastewater District and as Deputy General Counsel to Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, Menlo Park Fire Protection District, and San Joaquin Regional Transit District. She assists the firm's public agency clients with various legal issues such as public contracts and procurements, establishing fees, adopting taxes, governance laws, and ethics issues, including conflict of interest analyses. Nicole regularly attends client Board meetings and advises on the preparation of Board agendas, staff reports, resolutions, ordinances, and meeting minutes.

Nicole has particular expertise in public contracting, including assisting transit clients in developing contract templates for federally funded procurements and providing guidance and advice in responding to FTA audits. Nicole also assists clients with complex procurements and infrastructure projects, including complex design-build agreements. Nicole helps clients, both public and private, navigate unique project delivery challenges in the public contracting arena. She drafts and advises clients on contracts in areas including public works, the purchase of goods and services, funding agreements, and real property. 

Nicole also provides client trainings on government ethics laws, Brown Act, and Public Records Act compliance.

Publications

"Chapter 7: Public Contracting," reviewer, Municipal Law Handbook (2016)

"California Legislature Sends Six Drone Bills to the Governor’s Desk," co-author, HB Drone Law Blog (September 2016)

"The Wild West of Commercial Drones–Why 2015 Could Be a Pivotal Year in California," co-author, Public Law Journal (May 2015)

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Blog Posts

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Presentations

"Cities and Drones: What City Leaders Need to Know about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles," National League of Cities City Summit (November 2016)

"Federal and State Law: Use and Regulation of Drones by Counties," Rural Counties Representatives of California Annual Meeting (September 2016)

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Professional Affiliations

MMANC Women’s Leadership Summit, 2016 & 2017 Planning Committee Member

Academic Distinction

CALI Award, Legal Writing and Research, Constitutional Law II

Witkin Award, Constitutional Law II

Moot Court Class, Best Oral Advocate

Tony Patiño Fellow

Education

J.D., cum laude, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2015)

B.A., magna cum laude, Loyola University Chicago (2007)

Admissions And Courts

California

Languages

Spanish

San Francisco

415-995-6454 Direct Phone
415-541-9366 Fax

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Firm Leadership

Pro Bono Committee, Member