Brenda Aguilar-Guerrero chairs the Meyers Nave Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Practice Group and has been representing public entities on complex eminent domain and inverse condemnation matters for nearly two decades. She has assisted her clients with large, complex multibillion-dollar transportation projects requiring hundreds of acquisitions, as well as smaller scale projects for a variety of clients.
Brenda likes to get involved at the initiation of a 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, and negotiates with property owners; assists in drafting staff reports, resolutions of necessity and notices to property owners; prepares complaints and all documents required to file the 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 right-to-take and jury trials for a number of clients. She has also defended clients sued for inverse condemnation, dangerous condition of public property, and nuisance claims. She has handled eminent domain and/or inverse condemnation actions for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, Council of San Benito County Governments, Bay Area Rapid Transit District, San Mateo County Transit District, Transportation Agency of Monterey County, County of El Dorado, County of San Benito, Town of Los Altos, City of Dublin, City of San Leandro, City of Rancho Cordova, East Bay Regional Park District, Fremont Redevelopment Agency, City of Fremont, City of Elk Grove, 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 for six of her 15 years with the 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 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
- Presenter and Program Co-Chair, “Eminent Domain 101,” 17th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2015
- Presenter and Program Co-Chair, “The Effects of the Casasola Decision on the After Condition Goodwill Analysis,” 16th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2014
- Presenter and Program Co-Chair, 15th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2013
- Presenter and Program Co-Chair, “Eminent Domain Case Update,” 14th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2012
- Presenter and Program Co-Chair, “Eminent Domain Case Update,” 13th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2011
- Presenter and Program Co-Chair, 12th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2010
- Presenter and Program Co-Chair, “Tenants’ Goodwill Claims – Issues from Month-to-Month Tenants,” 11th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2009
- Presenter and Program Co-Chair, 10th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2008
- Presenter and Program 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, 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
- Program Co-Chair, Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2007-2015
- University of California at Los Angeles, JD, 1990
- University of California at Berkeley, BA, Social Welfare, 1987