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Shauna N. Cunningham
Mrs. Cunningham is an associate attorney in the firm's San Luis Obispo office. She primarily represents school districts and county offices of education on a variety matters, including labor and employment, litigation, student issues, special education matters and district governance. She also provides transactional support in various areas. Mrs. Cunningham also provides general advice and counsel to businesses, corporations and public entities.
Mrs. Cunningham provides legal guidance and preventative counseling to clients on a variety of matters. Her areas of emphasis include:
- General governance issues, including the Brown Act
- Personnel issues, including employee disputes, disciplinary actions, leaves of absence and dismissals, and labor agreement negotiations
- Student rights and discipline, including suspensions, expulsions and First Amendment issues
- Classified and certificated discipline
- Teacher layoffs
- Real property acquisitions and sales
- School construction and public contact negotiations
- School site consolidation
- Special Education matters including IEP meetings, administrative hearings, Federal District court appeals and Ninth Circuit appeals
- Assisting public entities in investigations from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Department of Education, and Office of Civil Rights
Prior to joining KMTG in 2010, Mrs. Cunningham practiced in Virginia, where she represented private sector clients, including corporations, business owners, lenders and developers, on a wide range of commercial, real estate, land use and zoning transactions. This private sector experience adds valuable insight to her representation of school districts in the areas of school facilities, construction and on general contracting matters.
Additionally, Mrs. Cunningham advised clients in the areas of trusts and estates and prepared foundational estate planning documents, such as revocable trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney and advanced health care directives.
Prior to moving to Virginia, Mrs. Cunningham practiced corporate law at a private firm in San Francisco.
- Mrs. Cunningham has counseled governing boards on the procedural requirements for employee dismissals, which include tenure and seniority issues, timely notifications, and administrative hearings. She has also advised clients on statutory interpretation of provisions applying to public employees.
- Mrs. Cunningham has also worked with governing boards to negotiate labor agreements that meet their operational and financial needs. Mrs. Cunningham has successfully represented public entities in complex union negotiations at all levels, including navigating successfully through the fact-finding process.
- Mrs. Cunningham represented lenders in the negotiation and closing of real estate financing transactions, including construction, acquisition and development loans and business loans secured by real property.
- Mrs. Cunningham represented a national wireless communications company on leasing, land use and general real estate transactions.
- Mrs. Cunningham represented purchasers and buyers in commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, the purchase and sale of raw land, and the purchase and sale of commercial properties and on commercial leasing transactions.
- Mrs. Cunningham has successfully represented Districts in numerous special education hearings and in federal appeals of such matters.
Pr ofessional Activities and Affiliations
Mrs. Cunningham's professional activities and affiliations include:
- Member, California State Bar Association
- Member, San Luis Obispo County Bar Association
- Member, San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce
- Member, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce
B.S. Santa Clara University, 1999
J.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2004
- Women's Law Journal
- International Human Rights Law Clinic
- East Bay Community Center Law Clinic