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Benjamin T. Reyes

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Overview

Benjamin T. Reyes II counsels the firm’s clients in the areas of municipal and public agency law, energy, construction, procurement and elections. He is the City Attorney for Pinole and Union City, and serves as General Counsel for the Stege Sanitary District and Assistant General Counsel for the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee. Ben chairs the firm’s Public Contracts Practice Group.

A general counsel and city attorney, Ben has two decades of experience working with public agencies throughout the state on a breadth of legal issues. He has prepared legislation for governing bodies in areas of community preservation, land use and revenue. Ben regularly teaches seminars on the Ralph M. Brown Act (local agency open meeting law), ethics, conflicts of interest and the political reform act. He has significant experience in elections and campaign finance, and has prepared several ballot measures for local sales and transactions taxes and utility users taxes.

Ben has subject matter expertise in public contract and procurement law and has litigated several cases involving major public works projects. He is well versed in local agency competitive bidding, design-build projects, bid protests, contractor prequalification and claims resolution.

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He has written and revised contract specifications for several public agency clients. Ben represents public agency clients in high-technology, software and information system procurement projects. Ben also serves as special counsel for several public agencies seeking to build traditional and renewable energy projects, particularly, solar system projects.

Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Ben served as General Counsel and Secretary of Utility.com, a former Internet-based energy and utility service provider.

Ben also managed the regulatory affairs of the company’s energy, telecommunication and broadband services in 45 states. As the chief legal officer, Ben directed all legal activity and corporate transactions of the company and managed outside counsel on various projects.

Prior to Utility.com, Ben served as an attorney for the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) where he represented the District on a wide variety of construction disputes and rate challenges. At EBMUD, Ben represented and advised the Department of Engineering, the Purchasing Department, Special District One (the waste water treatment plant at the Bay Bridge), and the legislative affairs unit. Ben also managed outside counsel in litigation involving rate challenges and construction claims.

Ben started his career in public agency law as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Jose, where he litigated matters involving code enforcement and represented the City’s Police and Public Works Departments in major tort and contract claims.

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