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.