Daily Journal Recognizes Two Meyers Nave Principals as “Top 25 Municipal Lawyers” in California for 2012

December 5, 2012

OAKLAND, CA  – The Daily Journal named Meyers Nave Principals Steven Meyers and Arthur Hartinger to its esteemed list of California’s “Top 25 Municipal Lawyers.”  The list honors lawyers who have accomplished notable achievements in the practice of municipal and public law in the State of California.  The Daily Journal honored four Meyers Nave Principals on its list in 2011.    

“Steve and Art are recognized statewide as leaders in the field of municipal and public law,” said David Skinner, the firm’s Managing Principal.  “We are proud of Steve and Art and this honor further evidences the firm’s greatest strength – its exemplary attorneys who advise public agencies on the day to day and complex legal issues.”

Steven (Steve) Meyers is the founding Principal of the firm and has actively practiced public agency law for over 40 years, serving as general and special counsel to scores of public agencies.  His areas of special expertise are real estate, finance, public private partnerships and complex crisis management.  He has received the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, the highest possible rating from members of the Bar and Judiciary.  Steve co-chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Practice Group.  Steve received his BA from University of California at Santa Barbara and his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Order of the Coif.  He has made numerous international presentations on topics ranging from governmental transparency to public private partnerships. 

Steve serves as Special Counsel for the City of San Bruno and handles legal and crisis management issues relating to the tragic pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes on September 9, 2010. Steve negotiated an unprecedented $120 million settlement from Pacific Gas and Electric Company to support the City and community’s efforts to recover after the pipeline explosion.  Steve also handles high-profile regulatory matters in front of the California Public Utilities Commission involving potentially billions of dollars in fines on the root cause of the explosion. He also assisted the City in the federal regulatory investigation and hearings on the explosion before the National Transportation Safety Board. 

Arthur (Art) Hartinger is the Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and one of California’s leading labor and employment attorneys.  Art is also the recipient of the “Top Employment Lawyer” by the Daily Journal in 2010, “Top 25 Municipal Lawyers in California” for 2011, and “Top 100 Lawyers in California” in 2012 by the Daily Journal.  He has over 25 years of extensive experience representing public and private clients in complex state and federal litigation on all types of labor and employment issues, including class actions, writs and jury trials.  Art received his BA from University of California at Berkeley and his JD from the University of San Francisco. 

Art garnered a significant win this year on behalf of the City of Richmond in a  widely-covered multi-million dollar employment discrimination lawsuit. Seven high-ranking police officers sued the City, its Police Chief and its Deputy Police Chief, claiming racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation. After a three-month long trial in the Contra Costa County Superior Court, the jury rendered a unanimous defense verdict, rejecting all 28 claims.  In another high-profile matter, as cash-strapped public agencies confront increasing pension and health care costs, Art has been advising on reforming pension plans to more sustainable levels. Some of these matters include the City of San Jose’s Measure B, which has been reported throughout the state and across the nation, including on the front page of both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal; the City of Stockton in gaining labor concessions as it addresses its financial situation; and the County of Orange in a federal lawsuit filed by its retiree association. 

About Meyers Nave:Founded in 1986, the law firm of Meyers Nave is recognized for its work with all types of public entities in California. The firm provides the full scope of legal services to cities, counties, successor agencies and special districts statewide. Meyers Nave’s areas of practice include labor and employment, torts, economic development, city attorney and general counsel representations, eminent domain, litigation, writs and appeals, public contracts and land use, municipal debt restructuring and bankruptcy, public finance, crisis management, education and environmental law.