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Advising legislative bodies about the Brown Act (open meeting) laws

Attending governing board and commission meetings upon request

Reviewing and providing legal opinions in connection with transactions presenting potential conflicts of interest

Drafting board resolutions

Drafting and reviewing contracts for professional services

Drafting and reviewing Memoranda of Understanding between public agencies

Drafting and reviewing policies and administrative regulations

Drafting joint powers agreements

Guiding agencies through election law and other political activity issues

Negotiating and drafting settlement agreements

Structuring real property transactions, including compliance with municipal and state zoning and environmental requirements

Accessing public and private financing sources, including general obligation and Mello-Roos bonds and certificates of participation

Advising clients on public bidding requirements, drafting bidding and purchasing procedures, resolving bid protests, drafting bid documents and awarding contracts

Representing public agencies in construction disputes and litigation

Representing clients at hearings before arbitrators and in unfair labor practice claims before the Public Employment Relations Board

Advising our clients on employee discipline and dismissal matters and preparing settlement and release agreements

Responding to requests from the Office of Civil Rights, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Defending our clients and their employees against discrimination, harassment and whistleblower claims

Counseling on fringe benefit matters, including leaves and wage and hour laws

Assisting clients in negotiating and operating under collective bargaining agreements

Addressing grievances, from informal complaints through arbitration

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