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Claire S. Lai

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Claire S. LaiOf Counsel510.808.2000Bio PDF


Claire S. Lai is Of Counsel in Meyers Nave’s Municipal and Special District Law Practice Group. She currently serves as Assistant City Attorney for the City of South San Francisco, City of Walnut Creek, and Town of Los Altos Hills, as well as the General Counsel for Graton Community Services District and the Oro Loma Sanitary District. She also serves as Assistant General Counsel for the SSF Conference Center Authority and Santa Cruz Regional Transportation
Commission. Additionally, Claire serves as supporting counsel for the Tri‐Valley Transportation Council.

Claire brings valuable first-hand experience to our public law clients from serving as Deputy County Counsel of the Merced County Counsel’s Office and Interim Deputy City Attorney at the Milpitas City Attorney’s Office. She advises cities and special districts on a wide range of municipal and public law issues. Her areas of focus include land use, telecommunications, housing development, public works and contracting, the Public Records Act and the Brown Act. In her public law practice, Claire has assisted cities and regional agencies in negotiating public contracts, leases and license agreements; resolving land use and CEQA questions in urban development; advising on requests for proposals and bids issues; and crafting local regulations including those related to telecommunications, records retention, and accessory dwelling units.

While in law school, Claire was a Judicial Extern in the Pro Se Department of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco and a law clerk in the Appeals, Writs and Trial Section of the California Attorney General’s Office.


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