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Katherine A. Cook

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Katherine (Kate) Cook brings considerable experience to the Municipal and Special District Law, and California Public Records Act Practice Groups. She serves as City Attorney for the City of Plymouth, Deputy City Attorney for the City of Rancho Cordova, and General Counsel for Rolling Hills Community Services District. She also currently serves as an Executive Committee Member of the Public Law Section of the California Lawyers Association.

Kate counsels public entity clients on the full range of public law issues, including the Public Records Act, Brown Act, Political Reform Act, as well as land use, marijuana policy, and election law. She also has experience in employment law matters, including drafting successful responses to charges and complaints filed against public entities with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

She regularly speaks at the California Special Districts Association’s Annual Conference and Board Secretary/Clerk Conference on compliance rules and regulations, including conflicts of interest, acceptance of gifts, Form 700 economic interest disclosure, incompatible offices, campaign contributions, and competitive bidding for public works projects.

Before joining Meyers Nave, Kate worked as an Associate in a small California law firm, specializing in Education Law. She advised school district clients on a variety of issues, including certificated employee matters, including teacher suspensions, dismissals, and layoffs.

A graduate of the McGeorge School of Law, Kate received her Juris Doctorate with distinction in 2010. While there, Kate served as the Articles Editor and a Comment Staff Writer for the Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal. She also worked as an intern in the legal departments of the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the State Lands Commission. Kate has completed 40 hours of certificated mediator training.

Prior to law school, Kate worked as a staff writer at the Daily Camera, a major-market newspaper in Boulder, Colorado. She covered city and county governments, public school districts, and the University of Colorado. She won Colorado Press Association awards for writing in the categories of education reporting and investigative reporting. While at the University of California, San Diego, Kate played on the Women’s Soccer Team, which won three NCAA national championship titles.


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