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Eric S. Casher

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Eric Casher 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. He has been assisting public and private clients with legal and regulatory matters throughout California for over 10 years. His comprehensive experience ranges from public law and public contracting to construction litigation, workplace investigations and public-private partnerships. Eric’s leadership at Meyers Nave includes currently serving as Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

Eric has a particular focus on the broad range of challenges that government agencies, cities, counties and special districts face as they implement their mandates and missions. He currently serves as City Attorney for the City of Pinole, a city of approximately 19,000 residents located 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 approximately 900,000. Eric advises these clients on all legal matters affecting governance, decision-making, daily operations and long-term policy.

Eric’s private client experience ranges from the San Francisco Giants to Harvest Power, a Massachusetts-based company that converts food waste and yard waste into biofuel, compost, mulch and fertilizer.

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. Eric 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 has litigated disputes involving complex indemnity issues, construction project delay claims, stop notice claims, prevailing wage disputes, and ADA matters. Eric 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 focus on public law reflects his commitment to public service. In 2013, Eric was appointed by then Attorney General Kamala Harris to serve a four-year term as Commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). The FPPC 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 recently appointed an Ex-Officio Committee member of the League of California Cities’ FPPC Committee and is the East Bay Division Representative for the League of California Cities’ Legal Advocacy Committee.

Eric is 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 as President of the California ChangeLawyers, formerly California Bar Foundation. 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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