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Eric S. Casher

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Overview

Eric has been assisting public entities, private companies, public-private partnerships, and nonprofit organizations as a strategic advisor and legal counsel for more than 12 years. He specializes in helping clients achieve their strategic goals and objectives by efficiently and effectively navigating the complex regulatory requirements imposed by local, state and federal agencies with an emphasis on strategic advice for public-private partnerships and multi-agency public projects. Eric has extensive experience with the unique procedures, processes and requirements of government agencies at all levels, and their implementing regulations. He is a government relations and regulatory law expert with a litigation background that allows him to offer clients unique insights on risk management.

Eric combines substantive legal analysis with sophisticated, practical and first-hand experience across the governmental, legislative and regulatory arena. He has a deep understanding of the intricacies of the decision-making processes and frequently appears before and works with elected leaders, senior staff, legislative committees, regulators, agencies, boards and commissions at many levels of government. Eric also assists clients in working with advocacy groups and citizens to convey his clients’ general community affairs goals as well as achieve project specific objectives.

Eric has unique experience and expertise dealing with the challenges that government agencies, cities, counties and special districts face as they implement their mandates and missions. He is Chair of the Municipal and Special District Law Practice Group, overseeing the work of Meyers Nave attorneys who serve as City Attorney for municipalities of all sizes and General Counsel for Special Districts of all types throughout California. Eric currently serves as City Attorney for the City of Pinole, a city of 19,000 residents in the San Francisco Bay Area, and General Counsel of the East Bay Dischargers Authority, a joint powers agency consisting of five local agencies that manages wastewater treatment and disposal for a population of 900,000.

Eric represents clients in a wide array of matters relating to housing, transportation, renewable energy, construction, healthcare, entertainment, sports, telecommunications, recycling/solid waste, higher education, technology, and economic development. He advises clients on all legal matters affecting governance, decision-making, daily operations and long-term policy implementation. Eric has extensive experience drafting complex ordinances, local regulations, policies and procedures, and represents private and public clients in monitoring and providing input on city, state and federal legislation and regulations. He advises developers planning and completing economic development projects, including public infrastructure investments that benefit a development project; counsels on compliance with local, state and federal laws; and advises on election law, campaign finance and ethics. Eric’s private client experience ranges from the San Francisco Giants to Pakpour Consulting Group (civil engineering design and construction management), Electriq Power Limited (home power storage), Creative Masonry, Inc. (residential masonry construction) and Harvest Power (converts food waste and yard waste into biofuel, compost, mulch and fertilizer).

Eric’s unique first-hand governmental and regulatory experience also includes being appointed by then Attorney General Kamala Harris to serve a four-year term as Commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), which enforces political campaign, lobbying and conflict of interest laws. Eric’s FPPC experience contributes to the expertise he provides to clients in matters relating to governance, statutory powers, Ralph M. Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act and other conflict of interest laws. Eric was also recently appointed an Ex-Officio Committee member of the League of California Cities’ FPPC Committee and served as the East Bay Division Representative for the League of California Cities’ Legal Advocacy Committee.

Eric has specialty expertise in public contracting and advises clients at all stages of project development and implementation, from the drafting of front-end bid specifications and the handling of bid protests to complex litigation of construction disputes, breach of contract claims, and bid protests. He has extensive experience drafting contracts for owners for the procurement of construction services, equipment, and professional and consulting services, such as engineering, design and architect. He has also prepared baseline construction contract documents for design-bid-build, design-build, and construction management-at-risk arrangements, as well as various pricing models for construction contracts. Eric’s experience includes representing public and private clients on public contract procurement issues and he has litigated disputes involving complex indemnity issues, construction project delay claims, stop notice claims, prevailing wage disputes, and ADA matters. He successfully represented a municipality in a published California Court of Appeals decision that remains a leading case in California public contract law as it affirms the discretion of a City to waive an error in a bid for a public works project.

Eric’s leadership at Meyers Nave includes currently serving as Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Eric is also an active member of the community for which he received an “Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service” award from the Bar Association of San Francisco.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the California Minority Counsel Program and recently completed terms as President of California ChangeLawyers and the Charles Houston Bar Association. In 2021, he was appointed to the League of California Cities’ newly formed Advancing Equity Advisory Committee charged with identifying how cities and towns can recognize and eliminate biases and disparities, heal racial divisions, and build more equitable communities. Eric is the only City Attorney appointed to the Committee that is comprised of mostly elected Mayors, City Councilmembers and City Managers. In 2019, UC Hastings College of the Law recognized Eric in its “Gamechanger” alumni profile series. The Black Law Students Association of the University of California Hastings College of the Law has also honored Eric with a Distinguished Alumni Award and an Alumni of the Year Award. He also received the “President’s Award” from the Charles Houston Bar Association and “Unity Award” from the Minority Bar Coalition.

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