Maribel Medina

Maribel S. Medina

Partner

Maribel S. Medina has extensive experience representing educational institutions.  She has particular expertise in general governance, charter school issues, general education law and all aspects of public contracting and procurement.

She served as chief legal counsel for Santa Clara County Office of Education.  She was also a partner at prominent statewide law firm where she chaired the Firm’s education law practice group.   Ms. Medina served as chief legal advisor for the San Francisco Unified School District—the highest performing urban school district—and the San Francisco County Office of Education. Relevant to this engagement she counseled the Boards of Education, the Superintendents of Schools, and central office managers on the wide spectrum of public law, including the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, and ethics.

Also relevant is her previous position as the Special Counsel to the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Ms. Medina served as chief legal counsel to the Board of Education—the second largest school district in the country.  She advised the Board of Education on all aspects related to administering a $7.4 billion operating budget and a $19 billion capital improvement budget, including environmental, condemnation and public contracting issues. She frequently provided advice to the Board on matters specific to a public body such as the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, conflict of interest and all issues relating to school construction, including condemnation and eminent domain.

Prior to her school district work, she served as Assistant City Attorney to the City of Pasadena.  Ms. Medina advised the City on all matters related to land use and entitlements, redevelopment, housing and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Education

J.D., Berkeley Law (1995)
M.P.A, Harvard University (1994)
B.A., University of California at Berkeley (1991)