Claire S. Lai
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 San Diego Countywide Oversight Board and the North County Library Authority.
Claire advises cities and special districts on a wide range of municipal and public law issues. Her areas of focus include land use, telecommunications, housing, public contracts, the Brown Act, and the Public Records Act. In her practice, Claire assists cities and regional agencies with navigating state housing laws and adopting local development regulations; procuring and managing public works projects; and considering land use and CEQA issues in urban developments. Additionally, Claire regularly counsels public agencies on real property transactions and prepares purchase and sale agreements, leases, and other disposition documents. Claire also advises public agencies on unique legal areas such as redevelopment agency dissolution law, the Surplus Land Act, and federal and state public utilities regulations.
From her background serving as Deputy County Counsel at the Merced County Counsel’s Office and Interim Deputy City Attorney at the Milpitas City Attorney’s Office, Claire further brings valuable first-hand experience to our public law clients. 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.
Presentations and Publications
- Presenter and Author, “New Housing Laws: Navigating & Implementing SB 8, 9 10,” League of California Cities’ City Attorneys Spring Conference, May 6, 2022
- Update Coauthor, California Land Use Practice, Chapter 6, CEB, 2022
- Presenter, “SB 9 And The “End of Single Family Zoning” in California: What You Need To Know,” Meyers Nave webinar, September 27, 2021
- Update Coauthor, California Land Use Practice, Chapters 2, 5 and 6 (research and drafting assistance for Chapter 12), CEB, 2020
- Presenter, “Legal Powers and Obligations,” League of California Cities Planning Commissioners Academy, 2020
- Author, “The Global Race to 5G Wireless: How It Is Already Changing Local Regulatory Environments,” North County Lawyer, June 2019
- Author, “California Supreme Court Upholds Local Wireless Facility Rules, but the Debate Isn’t Over,” Daily Journal, April 24, 2019
- Author, “California Supreme Court Upholds Local Ordinance Regulating Wireless Telecommunication Facilities’ Aesthetics,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, April 8, 2019
- Presenter, “How Do Municipalities Comply with the FCC’s New Rule on Small Cell Wireless Deployment?”, Meyers Nave webinar, January 2019
- Presenter, “FCC Regulatory Update Re: Small Cell Wireless Facilities Deployment,” San Mateo County Telecommunications Authority, October 2018
- Presenter, “California Housing Law Update,” CEB/Continuing Education of the Bar webinar, April 2018
- Member, Alameda County Bar Association
- University of California, Hastings College of the LawJD, 2013
- Staff/Senior Internal Editors, Constitutional Law Quarterly2011-2013
- University of California at San DiegoBA, cum laude, 2010