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Steven R. Meyers

Steven R. MeyersPrincipal (retired)Download PDFvCard510.808.2000213.626.2906


Steven Meyers has practiced public agency law for more than 40 years. He is recognized for his specialty expertise in municipal and special districts law, economic development, land use, environmental law, utility regulation, and public-private partnerships.

Steven formed Meyers Nave in 1986 based on his vision of creating one law firm that could provide the complete range of legal and regulatory services that public agencies typically obtained from numerous law firms on an individual project-by-project basis. His goal was to transform that traditional business model into one that was more effective and efficient for clients. From its start as a three-attorney firm in one office, Steven helped guide Meyers Nave’s growth to more than 60 attorneys in offices throughout California. Steven retired in 2017.

Throughout his career, Steven has contributed his expertise to help shape both the law and the legal profession at the state, national and international level. For example, in 2015, he received the “Outstanding Associate Member” award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association and spoke at the National Conference on Internal Auditing in Qatar. In 2016, he led an IMLA delegation on a cultural exchange program to Cuba and spoke on the topic of “Freedom of Information Laws in a Rapidly Changing Cyber Environment” at the World Jurist Association conference.

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Steven has extensive knowledge of California law, policy and politics, and is a highly regarded advisor to municipalities and public agencies in helping them achieve their mandates and missions. He has represented a wide range of public entity clients including Menlo Park Fire Protection District, West Valley Sanitation District, East Bay Dischargers Authority, Moraga Orinda Fire Department, East Bay Regional Communications Authority, Windsor Water District and San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency, as well as the cities of San Leandro, Windsor, Suisun City and Rancho Cordova. His work for these clients covers many areas of law, from those that affect the daily operation of a public entity to newly emerging areas of law such as social media, as well as highly complex issues such as forming multi-agency authorities, pursuing transformative risk management structures, and financing capital improvement projects.

One of Steven’s highest profile cases involves serving as Special Counsel for the City of San Bruno. He is in his sixth year of handling legal and crisis management issues relating to the catastrophic pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 37 homes on September 9, 2010. Steven served as a member of the City’s negotiating team that obtained a $70 million settlement from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to support the City and community’s efforts to recover after the disaster. Steven also assists the City with state and federal regulatory matters relating to the explosion, including hearings and motions before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and investigations and hearings before the National Transportation Safety Board. Steven’s work has been instrumental in the imposition of a record $1.6 billion fine against PG&E, the indictment of PG&E on criminal charges, and claims of political corruption at the CPUC. Final accounting for all damages, fines, settlements, liabilities and remedial unrecovered costs could exceed $10 billion. The multi-faceted litigation involved a California Public Records Act lawsuit for which the City of San Bruno received a James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Northern California Society of Journalists.

In addition to serving as General Counsel and Special Counsel to numerous public entities throughout California,  Steven has an active practice in complex redevelopment and related urban infill and housing transactions. As counsel for these transactions, he has negotiated and drafted virtually every type of agreement and document, from leases and financing documents to environmental and other regulatory agreements. He has also handled the negotiation and resolution of legal issues associated with contaminated properties, tideland disputes, coastal zones and protected habitats, and transportation and planning issues.

Steven is a sought-after speaker on municipal law, civil infrastructure development, government transparency, crisis management, utility regulation, redevelopment and transit-oriented development. He has presented papers and provided trainings worldwide on these topics.


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