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Margaret Rosequist

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Overview

Margaret (Meg) Rosequist is a member of Meyers Nave’s First Amendment Practice Group and Trial & Litigation Practice Group. Her practice focuses on both litigation and advisory work with an emphasis on complex constitutional law issues, as well as matters involving land use, zoning, the California Public Records Act, and the Brown Act. Meg’s experience includes trial and appellate work in state and federal courts, as well as administrative hearings and other proceedings before regulatory agencies.

Meg has extensive experience drafting, updating and defending regulations to meet complex and nuanced requirements under First Amendment jurisprudence and to be well positioned against possible future litigation challenging those regulations. Her advisory work includes a comprehensive range of regulations and ordinances relating to loitering, solicitation, panhandling, vending, picketing, leafleting, roadway medians, signs, billboards, newsracks, and park, parade and other special events.

Meg’s broad range of First Amendment litigation experience includes cases that attract media attention and public interest, including matters of first impression. For example, she defends counties, cities and public officials in new federal litigation challenging Shelter In Place Orders and Reopening Plans related to the coronavirus pandemic. Plaintiffs in these cases are providers of religious services and private businesses challenging restrictions placed on the operation of their organizations. Meg’s work has resulted in precedent-setting victories at both the district and appellate court levels which deny plaintiffs’ requests for TROs to block enforcement of such Orders and Reopening Plans.

Her other recent litigation victories include California New Business Bureau, Inc. v. County of San Bernardino (Case No. CIVDS 1616334, Nov. 8, 2016). After the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Meyers Nave drafted a constitutionally sound commercial solicitation ordinance for the County of San Bernardino. When that ordinance was challenged by CNBB, Meyers Nave obtained a complete victory in court for the County. CNBB brought suit after it received four administrative citations for violating the ordinance by soliciting business on the grounds around the County’s Hall of Justice. Meyers Nave successfully argued that the area around the Hall of Justice was not a public forum and the Superior Court denied CNBB’s request for an injunction.

Meg also authored the amicus brief on behalf of the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties and American Planning Association California Chapter in the pivotal case of Lamar Central Outdoor, L.L.C. v. City of Los Angeles. Lamar involved the constitutionality of billboard regulations under the California constitution. In a major victory, the Second Appellate District upheld the ability of California cities and counties to continue using the onsite/offsite and commercial/noncommercial distinctions as a regulatory tool in their sign codes.

Meg is a frequent presenter and author on First Amendment issues and has published articles and presented at numerous conferences hosted by the International Municipal Lawyers Association, League of California Cities, and County Counsels’ Association of California, among others. Meg also recently wrote an article for the League of California Cities’ Western City magazine that analyzes the Supreme Court’s decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert. Meg regularly assists municipal clients in addressing the challenges of updating their sign codes and solicitation regulations to comply with the standards set forth in Reed.In a major victory, the Second Appellate District upheld the ability of California cities and counties to continue using the onsite/offsite and commercial/noncommercial distinctions as a regulatory tool in their sign codes.

In addition to litigation matters, Meg provides guidance on updating and drafting regulations to meet complex and nuanced requirements under First Amendment jurisprudence and to be well positioned against possible future litigation challenges to those regulations. Her advisory work includes a variety of regulations that impact activity such as loitering, solicitation, panhandling, vending, picketing, leafleting, signs, parades and other special events. In consideration of new rulings in the First Amendment arena, Meg has recently drafted ordinances for the regulation of digital billboards, roadway medians, commercial solicitation, and public events.

Meg is a frequent presenter and author on First Amendment issues and has published articles and presented at numerous conferences hosted by the International Municipal Lawyers Association, League of California Cities, and County Counsels’ Association of California, among others. Meg also recently wrote an article for the League of California Cities’ Western City magazine that analyzes the Supreme Court’s decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert. Meg regularly assists municipal clients in addressing the challenges of updating their sign codes and solicitation regulations to comply with the standards set forth in Reed.

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