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Representing general and special purpose public agencies has been a principal strength of our firm for more than 60 years. Our deep understanding of our public agency clients’ business helps us find ways to cost-effectively achieve their objectives on a sound legal basis.

As general counsel and special counsel, we represent transportation districts, cities, water districts, community service districts, fire districts, hospital districts, joint powers authorities, local governmental agency associations, and sanitation districts.  

Whether on individual assignments or as ongoing counsel, our experience also includes labor and employment law, municipal finance and rate-setting, including Prop 218,  litigation, environmental laws, water supply, including water rights, transfers, recycled water and SGMA, solid waste management, real estate and land use, government reorganization, complex technology procurements, alternative project delivery, public works construction, long term operating and revenue sharing agreements, and contract negotiations.


  • Administrative law
  • Appellate advocacy
  • Code enforcement
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Elections
  • Eminent domain and inverse condemnation
  • Employee benefits
  • Environmental law
  • Financial and rate setting
  • Insurance recovery
  • Joint powers agreements
  • Labor and employment
  • LAFCO issues
  • Land use
  • Legislation
  • Litigation
  • Open government laws
  • Ordinances and resolutions
  • Privacy, data security and information control
  • Public private partnerships
  • Public procurement
  • Public works and infrastructure
  • Real property acquisition, management and disposition
  • Taxes, assessments and fees  
  • Technology procurements


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Allison Schutte
Allison Schutte
San Rafael, CA

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