I am an attorney with more than thirteen years of experience practicing, primarily, in the area of municipal law. I serve issuers and underwriters on public finance transactions large and small. Recent representative transactions include:
- $100,000,000 City and County of San Francisco Tax-Exempt Lease Revenue Commercial Paper Certificates of Participation, Series 3 and Taxable Lease Revenue Commercial Paper Certificates of Participation, Series 3-T
- $209,955,000 City and County of San Francisco General Obligation Bonds, Series 2014A (Proposition A, 2008)
- $23,900,000 City and County of San Francisco Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds (Broadway Sansome Apartments), Series 2013A
- $10,500,000 City and County of San Francisco Finance Corporation Lease Revenue Bonds, Series 2012A (Equipment Program)
- $316,450,000 Airport Commission of the City and County of San Francisco San Francisco International Airport Second Series Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2012A/B
- $16,890,000 City and County of San Francisco Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds (Natoma Family Apartments) Series 2011C
- $14,725,000 City and County of San Francisco Finance Corporation Lease Revenue Bonds, Series 2011A (Equipment Program)
- $532,430,000 Public Utilities Commission of the City and County of San Francisco Water Revenue Bonds, 2010 Series FG
I also serve the needs of individuals and small businesses in a range of areas from transactional advice and drafting to the litigation of commercial disputes. Representative transactions include:
- Currently representing a food court operator in the Oakland International Airport in a suit against the Port of Oakland. For more than five years, the Port of Oakland has unlawfully forced small businesses in the Oakland Airport to pay their employees the Oakland Living Wage even though the Living Wage Ordinance provides for an exemption for these small businesses. The suit challenges the Port’s interpretation of the City Charter, Port Ordinances and the tenant’s sublease agreement. A substantial part of the Port’s case was thrown out at an early stage following my demur to the Port’s cross-complaint.
- Represented a former Burger King franchisee being sued by Burger King Corporation (BKC) for indemnification under its franchise and lease agreements. BKC had settled a class action ADA claim with handicapped plaintiffs for a record $10 million. BKC then brought suit seeking reimbursement from 10 of its franchisees. Represented the only franchisee who counter-sued for breach of contract. Instead of the $1 million per store sought by BKC, my client’s insurer paid BKC approx. $40,000 per store and BKC and the insurer together settled my client’s counterclaim for approximately $500,000.
Prior to launching my own firm, I was an associate attorney in the Public Finance Department of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, in San Francisco, California. I received my J.D. from Stanford Law School and my B.A. from Yale University.