Public Agency - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

As population centers grow and infrastructure needs change, the public sector faces a growing need for top-quality legal representation. To aid public agencies in their mission to provide the best service possible for their citizens, Brownstein has a seasoned multidisciplinary team experienced in the full range of legal issues that public agencies must address. 

We’re known for being creative problem solvers with the ability to tackle complex issues in a cost-efficient manner. We approach our clients’ concerns using customized teams based on their experience with the particular issue at stake. We also understand the financial constraints under which many public agencies must operate.

Our Public Agency Group includes attorneys with broad experience representing public agencies in general counsel, transactional and litigation matters. We serve as counsel to public agencies throughout the West, both as general counsel on a full range of public policy issues, and as special counsel on particular transactions and litigation. Our clients include cities, counties, redevelopment authorities, regional agencies and special districts that provide utility services.

The group has a particular proficiency with public infrastructure projects. These projects are often tangled in the regulatory requirements imposed by other agencies at the federal, state and local levels, such as the California Coastal Commission or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. When necessary, we call upon resources from our Government Relations Department to assist with public policy, lobbying and regulatory counsel, as well as our in-house professional staff that includes experienced land use planners. 

Representative Matters
  • Advised a major California city on reorganization of its water, wastewater and solid waste utilities, including evaluation of dependent and independent special district, privatization and public-private partnership options and financing. Legal services were provided in conjunction with financial consultants to advise the city on developing an option to meet its short and long term financial goals and commitments.

Meet The Team

Peter N. Brown Shareholder T 805.882.1401 pbrown@bhfs.com
Steven A. Amerikaner Shareholder T 805.882.1407 samerikaner@bhfs.com
Amy M. Steinfeld Shareholder T 805.882.1409 asteinfeld@bhfs.com
Bradley J. Herrema Shareholder T 310.500.4609 bherrema@bhfs.com
Gary M. Kvistad Shareholder T 805.882.1414 gkvistad@bhfs.com
Beth Collins Shareholder T 805.882.1419 bcollins@bhfs.com
Alicia Harrison Senior Land Use Project Manager T 805.882.1442 aharrison@bhfs.com
Patsy Stadelman Price Senior Land Use Project Manager T 805.882.1424 pprice@bhfs.com
Jena Shoaf Acos Shareholder T 805.882.1427 jacos@bhfs.com
Mack Carlson Associate T 805.882.1485 mcarlson@bhfs.com
Jennifer Y. Lee Staff Attorney T 805.882.1433 jylee@bhfs.com
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