Brenda Aguilar-Guerrero chairs the Meyers Nave Eminent Domain Practice Group and has been representing public entities on complex eminent domain and inverse condemnation matters for nearly two decades. She assists her clients with large, complex multibillion-dollar transportation projects requiring hundreds of acquisitions, as well as a variety of clients on smaller scale projects.
Brenda likes to get involved at the initiation of the project to ensure that her clients are following all state and federal regulations and laws. She attends project meetings, obtains rights of entry, drafts and/or reviews acquisition documents, works with consultants/clients to execute acquisition strategies, reviews appraisals for legal compliance, negotiates with property owners, assists in drafting staff reports, helps prepare resolutions of necessity, advises on notices to property owners, prepares complaints and all documents required to file condemnation action(s), obtains orders for prejudgment possession, and handles all litigation through the filing and recording of Final Orders of Condemnation.
Brenda has served as lead counsel on various “right to take” trials and jury trials for various clients. She has handled eminent domain and/or inverse condemnation actions for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Council of San Benito County Governments (COG), Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), San Mateo Transit District (SamTrans), Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC), County of El Dorado, Town of Los Altos, City of Dublin, City of Rancho Cordova, County of San Benito, East Bay Regional Park District, Fremont Redevelopment Agency, City of Fremont, City of Elk Grove, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), County of Fresno, County of Napa, Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, City of Brentwood, Hayward Unified School District, City of Antioch, and City of Saratoga.
Prior to joining Meyers Nave in 2010, Brenda was the managing partner of Erickson, Beasley and Hewitt (EB&H) for six years of her 15 years with that firm. While at EB&H, Brenda specialized in representing public entities in a variety of cases including complex eminent domain and inverse condemnation, governmental tort liability, employment, and civil rights actions. She also represented private owners in inverse condemnation actions and successfully litigated on behalf of plaintiffs in high profile discrimination actions as well as in predatory lending actions.
Honors and Awards
- Unity Award, Minority Bar Coalition
- Wiley Manuel Pro Bono Award, The State Bar of California
- Sloan Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, School of Urban and Public Affairs
Presentations and Publications
- Co-Chair, 16th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2014; Panel Presenter, “The Effects of the Casasola Decision on the After Condition Goodwill Analysis”
- Co-Chair, 15th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2013
- Co-Chair, 14th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2012; Panel Presenter, “Eminent Domain Case Update”
- Co-Chair, 13th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2011; Panel Presenter, “Eminent Domain Case Update”
- Co-Chair, 12th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2010
- Co-Chair and Presenter, 11th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2009
- Co-Chair, 10th Annual Eminent Domain Conference , CLE International, 2008
- Co-Chair, 9th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2007
- Presenter, “Pleadings Practice and Procedural Requirements,” 8th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2006
- Presenter, Eminent Domain Trial Practice Seminar, Lorman Education Services, 2003 and 2005
- Presenter, Federal and State Immunities Seminar, Annual State Bar Conference, 2004
- Presenter, Eminent Domain Litigation Seminar, Chapter 2 of the International Right of Way Association, 2003
- Presenter, “How to Effectively Utilize Your Paralegal” Seminar, Contra Costa Bar Association, 1998
Professional and Community Affiliations
- Member, The State Bar of California
- President, Women Lawyers of Alameda County, Alameda County Bar Association
- Member, Chapter 2 and 42 of the International Right of Way Association
- UC Berkeley Alumni Delegate to the California State Legislature
- Member, East Bay La Raza Association
- University of California at Los Angeles, JD, 1990
- University of California at Berkeley, BA, Social Welfare, 1987