Law School: California Western School of Law
College: University of California, Santa Barbara
A series of cases have been filed in different County Superior Courts challenging the manner in which public school districts award construction contracts under Education Code section 17406, commonly referred to as the lease leaseback process. A large number of public school districts have used the lease leaseback process to award hundreds of millions of dollars worth of construction contracts over the past decade. Even though the statute provides that the work may be procured without advertising for bids, the challenger’s main argument is that competitive bidding requirements were not met which have not been successful. In one case, I prevailed on a motion for summary judgment and in two other cases, demurrers were sustained. Those cases are currently on appeal in the Second, Fourth and Fifth District Court of Appeal.
I am a partner in the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo and my practice focuses on representing public entities in contract matters, with an emphasis on public works construction contracts. I handle matters from the procurement of services and materials through contract administration, and finally, litigation of claims. Prior to private practice, I was a senior assistant general counsel with the U.S. General Services Administration in Washington, D.C., where I was the supervisory attorney for all real property litigation matters in the country.
I am a member of the State Bar of California, State Bar of Maryland, and the District of Columbia Bar. Additionally, I am a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing.
Married with two daughters.