Human Services Practice Group
The Human Services Practice Group provides legal counsel to all divisions of the Human Services Department and primarily represents the Family, Youth & Children's Division in all phases of juvenile dependency cases.
Infrastructure and Public Resources Practice Group
The Infrastructure and Public Resources Practice Group performs legal services related to contracting, real property transactions, public works, fiscal services, ordinance and policy drafting and adoption, resources management, and general counsel advice. Principal clients served by this team of attorneys include the County's departments of Public Works, General Services, Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector, Health Services, and Regional Parks; and special districts including the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, the Community Development Commission, several Sanitation Districts, the Sonoma County Transportation Authority, the Regional Climate Protection Authority, and the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District.
Land Use Practice Group
The Land Use Practice Group performs legal services related to planning, zoning, building, California Environmental Quality Act, code enforcement, and tribal gaming, as well as trials and appellate litigation regarding land use matters. Principal clients served by this practice group include the following County departments: Board of Supervisors, Permit and Resource Management Department (Engineering/Well & Septic, Building/Code Enforcement, Project Review, Environmental Review/Special Projects), the Board of Zoning Adjustments, Planning Commission, Assessor, Department of Transportation and Public Works (CEQA compliance), and Regional Parks (CEQA compliance), as well as land use matters for the following independent public entities: Local Agency Formation Commission, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Sonoma County Transportation Authority/Regional Climate Protection Authority and the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District.
Litigation, Labor, Law and Justice Practice Group
The Litigation, Labor, Law and Justice Practice Group performs a variety of legal services in connection with: trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts, including coordination with outside counsel; administrative hearings; ordinance enactments and policy adoptions; employee discipline, discrimination and disability issues; and general counsel advice. Principal clients served by this team of attorneys include the following County departments: District Attorney, Fire and Emergency Services, Human Resources and Risk Management, Probation, Public Defender, and Sheriff's Office. In addition, team attorneys also provide legal services to several outside public agencies, including the Sonoma County Employees' Retirement Association, Sonoma County Grand Jury, as well as some special districts and Joint Powers Authority entities.