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Pleasanton
5075 Hopyard Road
Suite 210
Pleasanton, CA 94588

925-227-9200
925-227-9202 fax

Marin
1050 Northgate Drive
Suite 520
San Rafael, CA 94903

628-234-6200
628-234-6899 fax

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law
  • B.A., Cornell University

Bar Admissions

  • 1989, California

Memberships and Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association

Meredith E. Brown

Partner

Practice Areas

Meredith Brown has more than 25 years of experience representing public agencies and private institutions.  Ms. Brown’s principal areas of specialization are:

  • General litigation
  • Local government law for California public agencies
  • Construction law (including hospital construction)
  • Business litigation
  • Business law for private and public entities
  • Environmental law
  • Contracts and public procurement

Ms. Brown provides advice to both private and public clients. She has defended private clients in land use, nuisance, and California Environmental Quality Act claims. She has negotiated public and private partnerships relating to shared fund and maintenance of sports fields and a public library that allowed youth sports groups and local communities’ access to public facilities that otherwise would be unavailable due to funding shortfalls.

Ms. Brown has developed general conditions and special provisions for multi-million-dollar construction projects. She has also provided claims avoidance counseling and defense for public entities conducting large capital programs involving multiple complex construction and joint development projects. Ms. Brown drafted procurement procedures; analyzed and resolved construction bid protests; and drafted and trained school district staff on the use of Requests for Proposals and contract templates. She has experience drafting and negotiating leases, joint use agreements, and memoranda of understanding for public entity clients with a heavy construction and procurement volume.

Ms. Brown served on the board of a private independent school accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has developed policies and procedures for public and private educational and community service organizations.  She currently serves as a member of the board of trustees for a public community college.  She has practiced construction and business litigation on behalf of nationally recognized public and private clients, and has represented a number of large and small public entities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 2001, she was appointed by the Oakland Unified School District as the special facilities counsel with regard to legal compliance issues, procurement, and school-related facilities projects including school modernization, deferred maintenance, school construction and construction litigation.

From 2002-2008, Ms. Brown provided legal advice to the Oakland Unified School District Measure B Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and drafted the bylaws and guidelines for the General Obligation Bond Oversight Committee, which were approved by the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team. 

Ms. Brown has served as legal counsel in numerous public agency board meetings, court proceedings, and administrative hearings, including hearings before the City of Oakland and the Fair Political Practices Commission. She has also served as a member of the Alameda County Transportation Commission Advisory Committee.

In addition to serving as an advocate, Ms. Brown has extensive adjudicative experience, having served as an Alameda County Limited Jurisdiction Judge Pro Tem from 2009 until 2013.As a Judge Pro Tem, Ms. Brown managed a courtroom setting, accepted testimony, and reviewed evidence in reaching her decisions.In 2013, Ms. Brown was elected to serve on the trustee board of her local community college district.

Ms. Brown is well versed in Brown Act compliance issues and also provides training to educational institutions on Title IX compliance.

Education
Ms. Brown earned her Juris Doctor at Boston University School of Law. While in law school, she served as a clerk for United States Magistrate Joyce London Alexander, First Circuit in Boston, Massachusetts.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.

Publications
Ms. Brown is the co-author of “Recent Legislation Implementing Dual Enrollment Partnership Agreements,” published in the fall 2016 newsletter of the Association of Chief Human Resource Officers/Equal Employment Officers (ACHRO/EEO).

Community Involvement

  • Pacific Region Diversity Committee Representative for the Association of Community College Trustees.
  • President of the African American Community College Trustees Caucus of the California Community College League.
  • President of the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club. Delegate to the 2008 National Democratic Party Convention in Denver, Colo. Member of the Metropolitan Greater Oakland Democratic Organization, and a board member of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Alameda County.
  • Member of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, the Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce, and the Oakland East Bay Small Business Council.
  • President of the Oakland Montclair Soccer Club, a coach of its girls’ Under-10 team and a former coach of the Oakland Grass Valley Soccer Club. Coaches the girls’ U-10 Skyline Lacrosse Club (serving Oakland, Piedmont and Alameda).
  • Member of the Junior League service club and has been an annual volunteer for the Junior League literacy program “Shooting Stars” implemented in Oakland public schools.
  • Junior Classical League Chaperone/Volunteer for Certamen and State Convention.

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Brown has provided training to professional groups on such topics as Dual Enrollment, construction delivery methods, faculty diversity practices, and supporting immigrant students under the new presidential administration.

Ms. Brown’s recent presentations include:

  • Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment for All Students Irrespective of Immigration Status, Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) (April 7, 2017)
  • Supporting Immigrant Students and Creating a Safe Campus Environment Under the New Presidential Administration, Community College League of California (Jan. 29, 2017)
  • Lease Lease-Back and Construction Delivery Methods and Local Vendor Contracting Policies, Allan Hancock Joint Community College District (Jan. 10, 2017)
  • A Practical Guide to Dual Enrollment, Community College League of California (Nov. 19, 2016)
  • AB 288 Dual Enrollment, Community College League of California (March 2016)
  • Best Practices for Achieving a Diverse Faculty in California, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (Oct. 14, 2015)

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