Alexander Bowie is the Managing Partner of the Firm. Mr. Bowie received his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Colorado and was admitted to practice in Colorado and subsequently in California. He entered the private practice of law representing public agencies after serving for several years as an Assistant County Counsel for the County of Orange. Mr. Bowie has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Bowie has been an instructor in continuing education programs of the University of California at Riverside as well as the University of California at Los Angeles in public law matters. He has been a guest speaker at programs of the American Bar Association, the State Bar Association, and the Land Use Forum of the University of Southern California. Mr. Bowie has served on various legislative committees of organizations such as the State Bar Association, the Association of California Water Agencies.
Mr. Bowie actively participates in the activities of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (“CASH”) and served as State co-chair of its Legal Advisory Committee from its inception through 2011. He also served several terms as a member of the CASH Legislative Advisory Committee. Mr. Bowie is a member of the California Council of School Attorneys, and has testified before various legislative committees on innovative means of financing public facilities. Mr. Bowie served as a member of the Land Acquisition Advisory Committee appointed by former Senator Leroy Greene, which was formed to address the problem of the increased cost of land acquired for public purposes, as well as related issues pertaining to planning, reserving and fairly valuing land for public facilities. He has been a lecturer for programs pertaining to public financing of public infrastructure at seminars conducted by the University of California as well as the Building Industry Association of California, the Urban Water Institute, of which he was a Founding Member. Mr. Bowie is a Founding Member and was the first President of the California Association of Bond Lawyers.
Joan C. Arneson
Joan C. Arneson was a valued Partner in our Firm until her passing on May 20, 2017. Ms. Arneson assumed the role on behalf of the Firm as General Counsel for the Irvine Ranch Water District in 1984 and the East Orange County Water District for whom we have provided legal services since its inception in 1961. She was an active participant in the Association of California Water Agencies, California Association of Sanitation Agencies and the National Association of Bond Lawyers.
Ms. Arneson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Davis. Ms. Arneson’s professional expertise and many years of experience concentrated in the areas of law relating to general counsel services for water, sewer, other local agencies and municipal finance. Her legal expertise and sound counsel included all facets of public works construction, land and right-of-way acquisition, statutory compliance as to environmental, open meetings, public records and other laws governing public agencies, special legislation, taxes, fees and charges, and reorganization. Her finance practice had incorporated various types of municipal debt, including general obligation, lease-revenue, and special tax bonds and notes.
Ms. Arneson was honored with a Certificate of Commendation as a key partner in service from the Board of Directors of the Irvine Ranch Water District for her 25 years plus of esteemed and excellent service to the Irvine Ranch Water District.
Ms. Arneson served as a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and was a member and past chair of the Attorneys Committee for the California Association of Sanitation Agencies.
Wendy H. Wiles
Wendy H. Wiles is a partner in the Firm and is in charge of the Firm’s litigation department. Ms. Wiles is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California, as well as the United States District Court, Central District of California; the Unified States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Wiles has been an AV rated attorney with Martindale-Hubbell since 1994. Ms. Wiles was selected for the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers in 2011 and was named as one of the Los Angeles’ Women Leaders in the Law in 2012.
Ms. Wiles has handled in excess of twenty appellate court cases and has successfully litigated numerous cases involving construction matters, environmental proceedings, school fee disputes, real property matters, condemnation and contract issues. Ms. Wiles has appeared before and testified at many legislative committee hearings on issues pertaining to education and is frequently a speaker on educational issues.
In addition to litigation, Ms. Wiles works with our school district and other public agency clients on general business matters including public bid disputes, reviewing and drafting public bid documentation, contract issues, redevelopment, construction matters and environmental proceedings. Ms. Wiles also handles facilities matters, including acquisition and sale of real property, construction of facilities, and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, Public Contract Code, Government Code, and various administrative regulations.
Ms. Wiles received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance and Communication Theories from Pepperdine University in 1977 and her Juris Doctorate from Whittier College School of Law in 1980.
Patricia B. Giannone
Patricia B. Giannone is a partner in the Firm. Ms. Giannone received her Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Long Beach State University and her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law.
Ms. Giannone serves as general and special counsel to school districts, and water, sewer and other local agencies, as well as bond counsel for municipal finance transactions. Her general practice covers business and facilities contracts, environmental regulations and compliance, public works construction, real property and right-of-way acquisition, eminent domain, and fees and charges, as well as open meeting, public records and conflict of interest requirements. Ms. Giannone’s public financing experience includes infrastructure facility financing using the Mello-Roos Community Facilities District Act, Marks-Roos Local Bond Pooling Act, certificates of participation and lease revenue bonds, general obligation bonds, and federal and State loan and grant programs, as well as energy and equipment leases. Her practice involves extensive participation in the formation and representation of joint powers agencies organized for the construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of public facilities.
Ms. Giannone is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Attorneys Committee of the California Association of Sanitation Agencies and the Association of California Water Agencies.
Robert E. Anslow
Robert E. Anslow is a partner in the Firm. Mr. Anslow received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and obtained minors in Sociology/Anthropology, from Occidental College, and he obtained his Juris Doctorate from Whittier College School of Law (now Whittier Law School). Mr. Anslow’s practice is concentrated in the areas of municipal finance and general counsel services to water districts, wastewater agencies, school districts and other local agencies.
Mr. Anslow provides general counsel services to various public entities, specializing in the areas of public works, construction, inter-agency agreements, real property, regulatory and environmental compliance and developer fees and charges. In addition, Mr. Anslow acts as general counsel for the Mesa Water District in Costa Mesa, California, the Trabuco Canyon Water District located in Trabuco Canyon, California and the West Orange County Water Board headquartered in Huntington Beach. Mr. Anslow’s activities with those water districts include public financing of water, reclaimed water and sewer facilities within and on behalf of those agencies involving Mello-Roos community facilities financing and certificates of participation.
Mr. Anslow has actively participated in the issuance of numerous tax-exempt financings for our public agency clients, school district clients and others including general obligation bonds, general obligation refunding bonds, lease revenue transactions, certificates of participation, Mello-Roos issues, Marks-Roos pooled financings and special tax bonds and notes.
Mr. Anslow is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the California Association of Bond Lawyers. He represents our Firm at regular meetings of the Independent Special Districts of Orange County and the Water Advisory Committee of Orange County. Mr. Anslow has also been a speaker on a number of issues including environmental compliance, public finance, governmental statutory compliance and other topics.
Mr. Anslow has appeared before numerous courts, arbitration panels, regulatory agencies and public agency boards. This includes litigation work and litigation appearances in all of the principal Southern California Superior Courts, Federal District Court and Federal Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Anslow has participated in arbitration sessions on behalf of public agency clients, mediation hearings and similar areas of settlement negotiation for disputes and civil actions. Mr. Anslow has appeared in front of a number of public agency bodies, including committees of the California Legislature, regulatory agencies, the Local Agency Formation Commissions of Orange, San Diego and Riverside Counties, County Boards of Education and the governing bodies for numerous public agencies.
Mr. Anslow’s experience includes public works contracts and public works contracting administration, public agency reorganization through local agency formation commissions, development agreements, financing agreements, consultant retention matters, Brown Act compliance, Public Records Act compliance, conflict of interest matters and conflict of interest code reviews and updates, real property and right-of-way issues, negotiations and contracts, environmental documentation and compliance with CEQA.
Mr. Anslow has authored numerous articles, press releases, information papers and similar informational pieces on a variety topics.
Brian W. Smith
Brian W. Smith is a partner in the Firm. Mr. Smith graduated with honors from the California State University, Sacramento, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate and Land Use Affairs, and he earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Davis. Mr. Smith is admitted to practice in California and before the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Mr. Smith gained experience in public law matters through externships in both the Sacramento and Los Angeles offices of the California Attorney General, and Mr. Smith’s prior law firm experience focused on representation of public school districts and community college districts.
Mr. Smith presently advises and represents the Firm's public school district and county office of education clients throughout Southern and Central California. In the role of general counsel, Mr. Smith advises our Firm’s clients with respect to Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, Government Code Section 1090 Conflict of Interests, constitutional and other various matters. Mr. Smith also advises and represents our Firm’s clients with respect to a broad range of transactional and facilities-related matters, including: statutory school fees; developer mitigation agreements; State Allocation Board and State funding; financing through Mello-Roos community facilities districts; purchase and sale of real property; architect, construction management, inspector and other construction-related agreements; construction of school facilities on the typical design-bid-build and lease-leaseback basis; bidding and construction disputes; Field Act issues; mold and indoor air-quality issues; joint use; leasing; “7-11” committees; surplus property; and Civic Center Act issues. Mr. Smith is also the lead partner in the Firm's Alternative and Reusable Energy Group.
During his time at our Firm, Mr. Smith also has been a speaker on various matters, written papers and contributed to newsletters for dissemination to school districts, and has taught courses geared toward school district business and facilities personnel.
Jeffrey A. Hoskinson
Mr. Hoskinson has worked exclusively with public agency clients since 2003, working with water districts, joint powers agencies, county offices of education, and school district clients on matters ranging including: Ralph M. Brown Act and Public Records Act; California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”); public works construction and construction contracting; redevelopment; water rights and conservation; easements and rights-of-way; eminent domain; land use; and real and personal property asset management. Mr. Hoskinson has served in a secondary general counsel role for a number of BAW&G’s water district and related clients, including Mesa Water District, Trabuco Canyon Water District, East Orange County Water District, Irvine Ranch Water District, and the South Orange County Wastewater Authority.
Prior to working with the Firm, Mr. Hoskinson gained litigation experience as an appellate prosecutor with the Office of the California Attorney General in Los Angeles, arguing cases primarily before the Second District of the California Court of Appeals.
Mr. Hoskinson also serves as pro-bono counsel to the Orange County Water Association (“OCWA”).
Jeffrey W. Frey
Jeffrey Frey is a senior associate with the Firm. During law school, Mr. Frey gained experience as a law clerk in multiple areas of the law including tax, environmental, criminal, and immigration law.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Frey worked as a civil litigation attorney, handled investigatory and administrative matters for school districts, and served as general counsel to school districts. He has experience with Brown Act issues, Public Records Act requests, charter school matters, and a variety of other public agency issues.
Mr. Frey was the recipient of the Super Lawyers – Rising Star award in both 2014 and 2015. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
Mr. Frey also presents on a variety of public sector issues before the governing boards of public agencies and at the Firm’s annual conference. Mr. Frey has spoken at and led workshops throughout the State for the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH), an industry group that educates school district employees and promotes, develops, and supports state and local funding for K-12 construction.
Mr. Frey is a member of the civil litigation team where he has successfully advocated for and defended school districts and other public agencies. In his transactional practice, Mr. Frey works on facilities and construction, school/developer fees, public contracts, conflicts of interest, the Ralph M. Brown Act, and related public law matters.
Conor H. McElroy
Conor McElroy is a senior associate with the Firm. Mr. McElroy graduated from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. He received a Juris Doctorate from University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law in 2006 and is admitted to practice in California and before the United States District Court, Eastern District and Central District.
Mr. McElroy has ten years of experience in the construction area, working on all aspects of private and public works construction projects. This has included avoiding and resolving construction disputes, delay claims, surety issues and construction defect matters. His experience has included litigation of construction matters as necessary. While the Firm represents only public agencies, his prior experience representing contractors and subcontractors, relating to their work on California public works projects, will be of great help to our school districts and other public agency clients. Mr. McElroy successfully prevailed on appeal and achieved a published appellate opinion from the Third Appellate District pertaining to a payment dispute relating to work on a UC Davis project. (Eggers Industries v. Flintco, Inc. (2011) 201 Cal. App. 4th 536.) Mr. McElroy has made presentations at seminars on numerous topics pertaining to construction issues including claims pertaining to public works projects. Mr. McElroy previously gained approximately five years hands-on construction experience working for a general building contractor before entering law school. Mr. McElroy is a member of our Contract and Construction Group, in addition to advising our public agency clients as to general counsel matters.
Margot E.H. Stevens
Margot Stevens is an associate with the Firm. During law school, Ms. Stevens gained experience working as an extern for the Honorable John Stewart of the San Francisco County Superior Court, Juvenile Division, as a law clerk with the Family Violence Appellate Project, and as a law clerk for a plaintiff’s side personal injury firm. Ms. Stevens also served as the Executive Managing Editor for the Hastings Law Journal.
Ms. Stevens graduated magna cum laude and order of the coif. Ms. Stevens received multiple acknowledgements for her academic achievements during law school.
Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Stevens was an associate at a special education law firm serving Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Since joining the Firm, Ms. Stevens has completed work for both our water district and school district clients which includes the formation of community facilities districts, reviewing insurance documents and drafting various contracts and agreements.
Nikhil S. Damle
Nikhil Damle is an Associate with the firm. Mr. Damle graduated from the University of California at Irvine, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. Mr. Damle is admitted to practice in California and before the Central District of California.
During law school, Mr. Damle served as Articles Editor for the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law and gained experience as a law clerk in multiple areas of law including criminal, municipal, and immigration law. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Damle worked as a prosecutor with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and as a staff attorney from a construction management consulting firm.
At the firm, Mr. Damle works for our public agency clients handling a variety of matters including drafting contracts and agreements, legal research, litigation, school/developer fees, conflicts of interest, the Ralph M. Brown Act, and various other public law matters.
Nicolle A. Falcis
Nicolle Falcis is an associate with the Firm. Ms. Falcis graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law & Society and a minor in Political Science. She earned her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was recognized with an award in legal writing and Dean’s List honors. Ms. Falcis is admitted to practice in California and before the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Falcis was a law clerk turned associate in a boutique firm in West Los Angeles, where she handled motion practice, drafted discovery and conducted research. Ms. Falcis also has a background working in public agencies, as a summer intern in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and as a consultant for the Facilities Development and Planning Branch of Long Beach Unified School District. While at the District, Ms. Falcis gained an extensive background in public works and school construction, including prequalification of contractors, various delivery methods and competitive bidding, leases, joint use agreements, and professional service contracts.
At the firm, Ms. Falcis works for our public agency clients handling various public law and litigation matters.