Robin P. Donoghue
Robin Donoghue is a member of the Municipal and Special District Practice Group. She serves as City Attorney for the City of Cotati and Town Attorney for the Town of Windsor. Robin also serves as General Counsel to the Bodega Bay Public Utility District, the Sweetwater Springs Water District, the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority, the Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative Approval Authority, the Yulupa Mutual Water Company, and the In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority of Marin.
In addition to her general municipal law experience, Robin has particular expertise in redevelopment and housing law. Prior to the dissolution of redevelopment, she served as Redevelopment Agency Counsel to several Meyers Nave clients and currently serves as Successor Agency Counsel to her city clients and the City of South San Francisco.
As a City Attorney, Robin has special expertise regarding the California Public Records Act, Brown Act, conflicts of interest, elections, and prevailing wage laws. She has also counseled and represented public agencies in transactions and litigation pertaining to all aspects of redevelopment and housing law. Her practice includes a focus on issues such as successor agency and housing successor implementation following dissolution of redevelopment agencies, fair housing, due diligence investigations, Article XXXIV issues, relocation assistance, foreclosure issues, and the negotiation and preparation of agreements (e.g., loan agreements, development and disposition agreements, purchase and sale agreements, leases and first-time homebuyer documents).
Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Robin served as Senior Attorney for the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. Robin’s other prior experience includes serving as Director of the Western Regional Office of the United States Special Counsel for the Merit System Protection Board and as Assistant Circuit Executive for Legal Affairs in the Office of the Circuit Executive—serving all federal courts in the Ninth Circuit.
- The Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative Approval Authority. Serves as General Counsel to the Authority’s Board of Directors, comprised of representatives from the City and County of San Francisco, the Cities of Oakland and San Jose, and the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma and engaged in applying for, allocating and distributing grants, and directing grant programs, from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to coordinate a regional approach to prevention, protection, response and recovery to threats and disasters in the greater Bay Area.
- The East Bay Regional Communications System Authority. Established and served as General Counsel to this joint powers authority composed of Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and 20+ cities and special districts engaged in the design and operation of a coordinated public safety communications system.
- Town of Windsor. Serves as Town Attorney and General Counsel for the Windsor Water District and the Windsor Redevelopment Successor Agency.
- City of Cotati. Serves as City Attorney and General Counsel for the Cotati Community Redevelopment Successor Agency.
- Sweetwater Springs Water District. Serves as General Counsel.
- Bodega Bay Public Utilities District. Serves as General Counsel.
- City of Healdsburg. Served as City Attorney and General Counsel for Healdsburg Redevelopment Successor Agency.
Honors and Awards
- Recipient, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Presentations and Publications
- Presenter, AB 1234 Training, 2017
- Presenter, Brown Act Training for Board of Directors of the Bay Area UASI, 2015
- Presenter, “The Brown Act and Meeting Protocol,” Town of Windsor, 2015
- Presenter, “Environmental Management Opportunities After Redevelopment: A Status Update,” Professional Environmental Marketing Association, 2013
- Presenter, “Redevelopment in the Post – Redevelopment Agency World,” Professional Environmental Marketing Association, 2012
- Presenter, “The California Public Records Act,” Town of Windsor, 2012
- Author, “ERAF, SERAF, ENUF!,” Public Law Journal of the State Bar of California Public Law Section, Fall 2009
- Presenter, “The Foreclosure Process and Enforcement Challenges in the Foreclosure Crisis,” California Association of Code Enforcement Officers, 2009
- Presenter, Healdsburg City Council Redevelopment Workshop, 2009
- Presenter, “Dealing with Foreclosures: A Municipal Response,” 2008
- Presenter, Atwater City Council Housing Workshops, 2008
- Presenter, various seminars on American judicial misconduct systems to judicial delegations from Latin America, Asia and Africa, 2000-2007
- Presenter, various ethics presentations to United States District Courts and Offices of Probation and Pretrial Services, 2000-2006
- Presenter, Three Federal Judicial Center National Workshops for Bankruptcy Judges on Judicial Conduct, 2005-2006
- Presenter, Instructional Video for Federal Judicial Center on Code of Conduct for Federal Judicial Employees, 1999
- Presenter, Redevelopment Law for Institute for International Research, 1991
- Presenter, Ethics presentations to Naval Civilian Personnel Command, 1983
- Author, “Admissibility of Medical Books in Evidence,” University of San Francisco Law Review, 1973
- Member, The State Bar of California
- Member, Real Property Law Section, California Lawyers Association
- Member, Public Law Section, Sonoma County Bar Association
- Former Vice President and Director, The State Bar of California Board of Governors
- Former President, California Young Lawyers Association
- Former Editor in Chief, University of San Francisco Law Review
- University of San Francisco School of LawJD, magna cum laude, 1975
- University of California at Santa BarbaraBA, History and Political Science, magna cum laude, 1972