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Shayna Mittler van Hoften

Shayna Mittler van Hoften



Shayna is the chair of Hanson Bridgett's Public Transit & Transportation Practice Group. She assists local government agencies with a variety of legal issues, and non-governmental entities with government-related challenges and opportunities. Shayna advises public sector clients on government ethics and governance laws, public procurements, contracting including negotiating intergovernmental agreements, ADA and other civil rights compliance, implementation of public grant programs, regulatory compliance, administrative procedures, incident/risk management and constitutional matters. She also assists local public agencies by drafting all forms of legislation and regulation.

Shayna serves as General Counsel for East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and the five retirement boards for employees and retirees of the Sacramento Regional Transit District. Her other local government clients include transit districts, cities, water districts, regional planning agencies, joint powers agencies, and hospital and health care districts. Shayna frequently advises and trains clients on compliance with the Brown Act, Public Records Act, election laws and conflict of interest laws and regulations. Shayna serves as the firm's primary AB-1234-compliant government ethics trainer. 

Shayna works with public, private and individual clients in their efforts to support or oppose state and local initiatives, and in efforts to influence other agencies' rule-making proceedings, primarily by drafting written and oral public comment.

During law school, Shayna clerked for the city attorney for the City and County of San Francisco and Disability Rights Advocates. Shayna has been licensed to practice law in the State of California since 2004. Prior to attending graduate and law school, Shayna worked in state and federal government affairs in Washington, D.C. 


J.D. University of California, Berkeley School of Law ( 2004 )
M.P.P. University of California, Berkeley ( 2003 )
B.A. Pomona College ( 1997 )

Admissions and Courts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California


Public Transit & Transportation Practice Leader

Regularly assists public transit providers in complying with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, including working together to analyze fare and service changes with potentially discriminatory effects on minority and low-income populations, and to develop Limited English Proficiency Language Implementation Plans.

Worked with public transit clients to develop context-specific policies for accommodation of electric personal assistive mobility devices for passengers with disabilities.

Co-drafted Proposition 86, which sought to fund health insurance coverage for approximately 800,000 uninsured children in California by raising the State tax on tobacco products.

East Bay Leadership Council, Board of Directors, present

Junior State of America Foundation, Board of Directors, Board President, present

League of California Cities, City Attorneys Department, Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Committee (2011–2013)

Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC), Women’s Leadership Summit and Annual Conference Planning Committees (2009–2017)

California Political Attorneys Association, Regulatory Committee (2012–2015)

"3 Issues Buttigieg's DOT Will Tackle In The Biden Years, " Law360 (February 2021)

"Biden Mask Mandate Fills Gap, But Enforcement Still Murky," Law360 (February 2021)

"New Year, Renewed Board," CA Special District Volume 12, Issue 1 (January–February 2017)

MMANC Service Award (2011–2013)

MMANC Booster Award (2010)