Rachel Hundley is a Senior Associate in the Municipal and Special District Law Practice Group, where she represents cities and special districts in all matters affecting local governance and decision-making. Rachel currently serves as General Counsel of Crockett Community Services District, Sweetwater Springs Water District, Novato Sanitary District, and Bayshore Sanitary District. Rachel also serves as Assistant General Counsel of Mountain House Community Services District, Kensington Fire Protection District, and Napa Sanitation District.
As General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel, Rachel advises clients on matters related to day-to-day operations and long-term policy issues, including ordinance drafting, code enforcement, public records, open meeting laws, public works, general public finance, elections, tax measures, strategic planning, employment matters, policy development, and community relations. She also handles issues relating to land use and zoning, historic preservation, economic development, housing, real estate, construction, contracts, constitutional law, and environmental regulatory compliance.
Rachel serves as Special Counsel on matters involving ethics and conflicts of interest, changes of organization under the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act, the First Amendment, and special districts formed under the Community Services District Law.
Prior to joining the firm as a Public Law attorney, Rachel practiced litigation for 10 years. Her background includes litigation experience at a small general practice firm serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in the New York City office of an international law firm. Her experience includes client management, developing case strategy, researching and drafting substantive motions and briefs, negotiating settlements, attending court appearances, managing discovery, and handling witness depositions. As a litigator, Rachel’s areas of expertise focused on complex litigation involving breach of contract and financial torts, intellectual property, bankruptcy, tax, and employment issues. Rachel continues to serve public agency clients in litigation as needed.
Rachel has worked on numerous pro bono matters, including defending a juvenile asylee escaping gang violence in El Salvador before the United States Immigration Court. She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, where she served as a Clerk Extern for Judge Earl Britt, a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Presentations and Publications
- Presenter, “Staying in Compliance: Understanding Special District Laws,” CSDA Board Secretary and Clerk Conference, October 26, 2021
- Presenter, “The Empty Chair Handling Board Vacancies and Appointments,” CSDA Board Secretary and Clerk Conference, October 26, 2021
- University of North Carolina School of LawJD, 2008
- University of Georgiatriple major summa cum laude and with honors, Political Science (BA), Magazines (ABJ), Speech and Communications (BA), 2005