5075 Hopyard Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588
1050 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
Meredith Brown has more than 25 years of experience representing public agencies and private institutions. Ms. Brown’s principal areas of specialization are:
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.
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.
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).
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: