Naree Chan is an Associate in Meyers Nave’s Municipal and Special District Law Practice Group. She provides public entity clients with advice and counsel that incorporates insights she gained from recent experience working in a County Counsel’s office and City Attorney’s office. Naree currently serves as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of South San Francisco, City of Walnut Creek, and Town of Los Altos Hills. Naree has also served as a judicial intern for the Colorado Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.
She has worked on a broad range of legal and regulatory matters, including:
- Ordinances: Drafted and prepared revisions to ordinances for wireless telecommunications facilities, inclusionary housing, local serving uses, noncommercial signs, accessory dwelling units, commercial cannabis operations, and surface mining operations to comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
- District-Based Elections/CVRA: Assisted cities transitioning from at-large to district-based elections and assisted local jurisdictions in preparing for and responding to California Voting Rights Act demand letters.
- Ballot Measures: Drafted and prepared ballot measures on cannabis business license taxes and transient occupancy taxes.
- First Amendment: Researched and drafted memoranda on freedom of speech rights in limited public forums.
- Compliance: Assisted in advising (1) the Planning Department, Clerk of the Board and Board of Supervisors regarding the Brown Act and RLUIPA, (2) the Roads & Airports Department regarding Title II of the ADA, (3) the County Executive Office regarding Proposition 64, and (4) the Library JPA regarding a bequest.
- California Environmental Quality Act: Researched and delivered presentations to County departments regarding easements and tribal cultural resources under the Native American Historic Resource Protection Act (AB 52).
- Preservation Planning: Drafted a resolution and legislative file adding an historic landmark sign to a County’s heritage resource inventory.
Prior to serving local governments in California, Naree practiced public law in Massachusetts and Colorado. While serving as an Attorney Fellow in the Airport Legal Services Section of the Denver City Attorney’s Office, Naree assisted in a $53 million construction contract dispute between Denver International Airport and a Regional Transportation District, advised the City Attorney on perceived biases in the consultant selection process, and revised a local ordinance affecting minority and women owned business enterprises based on a race disparity study. Naree’s public law experience also includes evaluating and recommending strategies for a public entity to reduce its multi-million dollar liability in remediation costs, assisting in a $500 million lawsuit between two California cities regarding the management of an airport, and drafting regulations affecting the aquaculture industry, access to public beaches, and cemetery and crematory operations.
Naree’s corporate experience includes serving as in-house legal counsel in Taipei, Taiwan at Taroko Software, where she advised a cross-functional team of business leaders, engineers, and marketers. She also served as a law clerk at Excel Energy, a Fortune 500 utility holding company, analyzing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission orders.
Naree’s public interest work includes researching tax and finance strategies for an affordable housing project and preparing visa applications for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.
Presentations and Publications
- Presenter, “Overview of the California Voting Rights Act and District-Based Elections,” California Lawyers Association Public Law Section webinar, 2019
- Presenter, “At-Large vs. District-Based Elections: Legal Challenges, Financial Risks and Compliance Procedures,” Meyers Nave webinar, 2019
- Member, League of California Cities, Municipal Finance Committee
- University of Colorado Law SchoolJD Managing Editor, Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy; Recipient of Seumsap Ly Scholarship
- Stanford UniversityBA, Public Policy Haas Center Public Service Scholar; Recipient of James W. Lyons Service Award and Nathan Rosenberg Award