Tivonna D. Stern
Tivonna Stern is a Senior Associate in the Municipal & Special District Law Practice Group and Labor & Employment Law Practice Group. Tivonna’s service to public and private entity clients leverages her in-house experience as a Deputy County Counsel in the Napa County Counsel’s Office, Deputy City Attorney in the Roseville City Attorney’s Office, and a Neighborhood Law Corps Attorney in the Oakland City Attorney’s Office. Her background also includes representation of corporate clients in a wide range of industries while working as a Litigation Associate at a large, international law firm where she handled litigation matters in various practice areas, such as financial services, consumer class actions, and unfair competition.
Tivonna’s experience includes providing advisory, transactional and litigation services in complex matters involving land use, labor and employment, planning, public nuisance, constitutional, and environmental law issues. Tivonna also has participated in workplace investigations involving allegations of racial harassment, retaliation, inappropriate sexual conduct, bullying, and favoritism.
Tivonna’s complex litigation experience includes preparing motions and oppositions, briefs, pleadings, declarations, and written discovery requests and responses. She also has experience conducting bench trials, as well as motion and administrative hearings.
She has acted as primary counsel to public agencies responsible for building permits, code enforcement, police, fire, housing, purchasing, central services, environmental management, and information technology, as well as the City of Roseville Grants Advisory Commission and Board of Appeals, and the Napa County Housing Commission. For these types of public entities, Tivonna has prepared leases, contracts, ordinances, resolutions, settlement agreements, inspection and abatement warrant applications, policies, and procedures. She also advised on procurement procedures, competitive bidding, and prevailing wage issues.
Tivonna has provided conflicts of interest, Brown Act, and Public Records Act training to a variety of government entities. She has extensive knowledge on Public Records Act issues and has worked closely with public agencies to develop policies and practices that are compliant with the Public Records Act.
As a law student, Tivonna simultaneously served as a member of the California Law Review and Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court team. During the summer following her first year of law school, Tivonna worked as a Law Clerk at Public Advocates in San Francisco, where she worked on a case involving transportation equity issues.
Honors and Awards
- Member, California Law Review
- Prosser Prize, Social Justice Practice Issues
Presentations and Publications
- Presenter, “Harassment Prevention” educational seminar, California Special Districts Association Workshop,” 2018
- Presenter, “Brown Act” educational seminar, Urban Habitat, 2018
- Presenter, “Is It OK? A New Approach to Harassment Prevention Training,” California Public Employers Labor Relations Association Annual Training Conference, 2018
- Presenter, “How to Do Effective Progressive Discipline with a Difficult Employee,” California Public Employers Labor Relations Association Annual Training Conference, 2018
- Executive Committee Member, Public Entity Law Section, Alameda County Bar Association
- Member, The State Bar of California
- Member, California Women Lawyers
- University of California at Berkeley, School of LawJ.D., 2008
- University of California at BerkeleyB.A., Sociology, Highest Distinction in General Scholarship, 2005