Mona G. Ebrahimi, Shareholder
Mona is an AV rated attorney who enjoys practicing municipal law and the opportunity to see her work come to fruition in the communities she represents. As City Attorney to the City of Rio Vista and General Counsel to the Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District and Suisun/Solano Water Authority, she provides general counsel services in a broad range of municipal and public law matters. She also serves as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of West Sacramento and the Town of Loomis.
Mona is skilled in addressing the variety of legal issues that challenge public agencies, for example she may navigating California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for a land use project one day, and representing a police officer in court the next day. She has successfully opposed dozens of Pitchess motions in court, and helped her clients achieve victories in cases brought pursuant to the CEQA. Outside the courtroom setting, Mona advocates for her city clients in administrative hearings. She regularly attends City Council and Planning Commission meetings, and advises those bodies to ensure compliance with the Brown Act and Conflicts of Interest Laws. She also is a certified mediator experienced in alternative dispute resolution, offering clients a cost-effective, non-litigation option for resolving conflicts. Her areas of practice include:
- Public contracts review, drafting and competitive bidding
- Advising and responding to requests pertaining to local governance, such as open meeting laws, the Brown Act, Public records laws, including the Public Records Act and Pitchess laws, Election law, and Conflicts of Interest
- California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and CEQA litigation
- Development agreements review, drafting and negotiation
- Joint Power Authorities (JPAs)
- Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)
- Land use
- Prevailing wage issues
- Property development (for commercial projects, residential, subdivisions and master planned communities)
- Subdivision Map Act
While in law school, she clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office, San Diego County, where she interviewed witnesses and drafted interrogatories, composed legal memorandums, drafted motions, conducted research, and drafted responses to torts claims. She also served as a judicial extern for the Superior Court of San Diego where she conducted criminal legal research and drafted legal memorandums for judges. During this time, she also served as a pro bono intern with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, assisting indigent clients with unlawful detainer complaints.
- Mona has reviewed and provided legal advice on dozens of environmental documents. She has also defended cities in CEQA litigation.
- Mona is experienced in the negotiation and drafting of development agreements for municipalities, having handled numerous agreements between private entities and cities for new and infill development.
- As a certified mediator, Mona has mediated cases in small claims court and in juvenile hall, handling conflicts between individuals, families, privately owned companies and juvenile hall minors. While in undergraduate school, she also mediated conflicts between student groups, faculty, and administration.
Professional Activities & Accomplishments
Mona believes strongly in serving the community. She currently fulfills that goal by volunteering at local non-profit organizations. Her professional activities and affiliations include:
- Northern California Rising Star (2012-2017)
- Top Lawyers, Sacramento Magazine (2016, 2017)
- Top 100 Professionals Under 40 (2013)
- Adjunct Professor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
- Member, California State Bar Association
- Member, Sacramento County Bar Association
- Member, Metro Chamber’s Leadership Sacramento Class of 2011
Publications and Speaking Engagements
- Author, “Discharge of Public Employee Who Sent Scathing Email Criticizing His Superiors Did Not Violate Employees Free Speech Rights,” California Special District Magazine, Vol. 4, Issue 6, Nov-Dec 2010
- Author, “Legal Uncertainly: Local Regulation of Medical Marijuana Collectives,” California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, April 2010
- Contributing Author, CEB’s California Land Use Practice, section on vested rights
- Contributing Author, LOCC’s Municipal Law Handbook, section on Government Claims Act
- Provides several AB 1234, Conflicts of Interest, Public Records Act and Brown Act presentations annually to special districts, cities, and to members of CSDA and SACRS
J.D. California Western School of Law, San Diego, 2004
- Cum Laude
- American Jurisprudence Award recipient in Property Law, Advanced Mediation, Advanced Legal Research and Writing, Negotiation, and Child Advocacy
- Academic Achievement Scholarship
- Dean’s Honor List, 2003 and 2004
- Commencement Speaker, 2004
- Honors Instructor, Legal Research and Writing, 2004
B.A. University of California, Davis, 2002
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- Role and Responsibilities of a Water District Director
- The Brown Act – basic requirements
- The Fair Political Practices Act – basic requirements
- Conflict of Interest Code
- Requirements for Ethics Training
- Avoiding common legal and political pitfalls for Directors
- Laws Relating to Personal Financial Gain
- Laws Relating to Prerequisites of Office
- Government Transparency Laws
- Laws Relating to Fair Processes
May 3-5, 2017
Kronick is pleased to sponsor the League of California Cities City Attorneys' Spring Conference in San Francisco. This conference provides training on cutting-edge issues in municipal law, including comprehensive updates on litigation affecting cities.
Please visit the event website for more information and to register.
Friday, February 6, 2015
West Sacramento Civic Center Galleria
1110 W. Capitol Ave
Water Education Foundation
Water 101 – The Basics and Beyond (February 5-6, 2015)
A day-and-a-half course on California water basics and water district board member governance featuring top experts and policymakers. The first day of the workshop explores the history and geography of the state’s water infrastructure, offers a primer on water rights and where they come into play, and explains which agencies regulate water and how you can work with the state Legislature. It also delves into hot topics such as the new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and what’s next in implementing the landmark legislation as well as funding opportunities from the water bond passed by voters in November. The second day serves as a primer on governance for water board directors and discusses how to work with the media.
Topics covered by Mona will include:
For a detailed agenda of the full day-and-a-half course, please click here
Visit the Water Education Foundation's website for more information and to register
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
City of Rio Vista
In-service workshop sponsored by the City of Rio Vista
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Schools Excess Liability Fund JPA
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Newport Beach Marriott
Newport Beach, CA
State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS)
2010 Spring Conference
For more information and to register, please visit SACRS
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
California Rural Water Association
4125 Northgate Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95834
California Special Districts Association (CSDA)
For more information and to register, please visit CSDA
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency San Francisco at Embarcadero
State Association of County Retirement Systems
2009 Fall Conference (May 12-15)
For more information and to register, please visit www.sacrs.org.
Date | Time:
Thursday, February 26, 2009
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, february 27, 2009
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Four Points by Sheraton
California Special Districts Association
For more information and to register visit the CSDA website
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Sheraton Grand Hotel
State Association of County Retirement Systems
Spring 2008 Conference
For more information and to register: http://www.sacrs.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=27824&orgId=slgs
Friday, February 15, 2008
8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
The Sterling Hotel
1301 I Street
Public parking garages are located at 13th & I St. and 14th & H St.
$20 per attendee (includes continental breakfast)
$100 per City/Agency for an unlimited number of employees to attend
Please register on or before Friday, February 8, 2008.
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Monday, July 30, 2007
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
400 Mark Hall Drive
UC Davis Martin Luther King Law School
King Hall Outreach Program