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Mona G. Ebrahimi
Ms. Ebrahimi, a shareholder with the firm, practices in the municipal and public agency area providing general legal counsel and advice to municipalities, counties, special districts and other public entities. She is also a certified mediator experienced in alternative dispute resolution, offering clients a cost-effective, non-litigation option for resolving conflicts.
In practice since 2005, Ms. Ebrahimi provides general counsel services in a broad range of municipal and public law matters. She currently serves as City Attorney to the City of Rio Vista and General Counsel to the Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District and the Dixon-Solano Water Authority. She also serves as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of West Sacramento, City of Lincoln and the Town of Loomis. Her areas of practice include:
- Public contracts review, drafting and competitive bidding
- Advising and responding to requests pertaining to local governance, including:
- Open meeting laws, including the Brown Act
- Public records laws, including the Public Records Act
- Election law
- Conflicts of Interest
- California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and CEQA litigation
- Development agreements review, drafting and negotiation
- Joint Power Authorities (JPAs)
- Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)
- Land use
- Prevailing wage issues
- Property development (for commercial projects, residential, subdivisions and master planned communities)
- Subdivision Map Act
- Pitchess Motions and police officer records
- Code enforcement
While in law school, she clerked for the United States Attorney's Office, San Diego County, where she interviewed witnesses and drafted interrogatories, composed legal memorandums, drafted motions, conducted research, and drafted responses to torts claims. She also served as a judicial extern for the Superior Court of San Diego where she conducted criminal legal research and drafted legal memorandums for judges. During this time, she also served as a pro bono intern with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, assisting indigent clients with unlawful detainer complaints.
Following are examples of legal matters Ms. Ebrahimi has handled on behalf of clients:
- Ms. Ebrahimi has reviewed and provided legal advice on dozens of environmental documents. She has also defended cities in CEQA litigation.
- Ms. Ebrahimi is experienced in the negotiation and drafting of development agreements for municipalities, having handled numerous agreements between private entities and cities for new and infill development.
- As a certified mediator, Ms. Ebrahimi has mediated cases in small claims court and in juvenile hall, handling conflicts between individuals, families, privately owned companies and juvenile hall minors. While in undergraduate school, she also mediated conflicts between student groups, faculty, and administration.
Activities & Accomplishments
Ms. Ebrahimi believes strongly in serving the community. She currently fulfills that goal by volunteering at local non-profit organizations.
Her commitment to community service was evident in law school as well, where she was recognized for her pro bono legal work with indigent clients by receiving the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services in 2004.
Her professional activities and affiliations include:
- Top 100 Professionals Under 40 (2013)
- Northern California Rising Star (2012, 2013)
- Selected member of Metro Chamber's Leadership Sacramento Class of 2011 program
- Adjunct Professor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
- Member, California Young Lawyers Association
- Member, California State Bar Association
- Member, Sacramento County Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association
Publications and Speaking Engagements
- Author, “Discharge of Public Employee Who Sent Scathing Email Criticizing His Superiors Did Not Violate Employees Free Speech Rights,” California Special District Magazine, Vol. 4, Issue 6, Nov-Dec 2010
- Author, “Legal Uncertainly: Local Regulation of Medical Marijuana Collectives,” California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, April 2010
- Contributing Author, CEB’s California Land Use Practice, section on vested rights
- Contributing Author, LOCC’s Municipal Law Handbook, section on Government Claims Act
- Provides several AB 1234, Conflicts of Interest, Public Records Act and Brown Act presentations annually to special districts, cities, and to members of CSDA and SACRS
B.A. University of California, Davis, 2002
- Highest honors
J.D. California Western School of Law, San Diego, 2004
- Cum Laude
- American Jurisprudence Award recipient in Property Law, Advanced Mediation, Legal Research and Writing and advanced Legal Research and Writing, Negotiation, and Child Advocacy
- Academic Achievement Scholarship
- Dean's Honor List, 2003 and 2004
- Commencement Speaker, 2004
- Honors Instructor, Legal Research and Writing, 2004