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.

Legal Experience

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.

Practice Examples

  • 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

Academic Background

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

    Speaking Engagements

    05.05.2017

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    Kronick Sponsorship

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    League of California Cities City Attorneys’ Spring Conference

    Date:


    May 3-5, 2017


    Location:


    San Francisco



     


     


    Organized By:

    League of California Cities (LOCC)

    Program Overview:

    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.

    Registration:

    Please visit the event website for more information and to register.

    02.06.2015

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Water 101 – The Basics and Beyond | Governance Primer for Water District Directors

    Date:


    Friday, February 6, 2015


    Time:


    9:00 AM


    Location:


    West Sacramento Civic Center Galleria

    1110 W. Capitol Ave


    Organizers:

    Sponsored By:

    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.

    Kronick Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Overview:

    Topics covered by Mona will include:

    • 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

    For a detailed agenda of the full day-and-a-half course, please click here

    Registration:

    Visit the Water Education Foundation's website for more information and to register

    11.13.2013

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    Speaking Engagement

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    The Brown Act & Subdivision Map Act: Core Components and Ensuring Compliance

    Date:


    Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013


    Location:


    City of Rio Vista


    Organizers:

    Sponsored By:

    In-service workshop sponsored by the City of Rio Vista

    KMTG Presenter:

    [SPEAKERS]

    09.17.2013

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    Speaking Engagement

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    The Brown Act: Core Components and Ensuring Compliance

    Date:


    Tuesday, September 17, 2013


    Time:


    11:00 - 11:30 a.m.


    Organizers:

    Sponsored By:

    Schools Excess Liability Fund JPA

    KMTG Presenter:

    [SPEAKERS]

    09.07.2010

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Inspection and Abatement Warrants and 4th Amendment Issues

    Exact Date and Time TBD


    Location:


    Sheraton Grand Hotel

    Sacramento, CA 95814


    Sponsored By:

    California Association of Code Enforcement
    2010 Annual Code Enforcement Seminar & Exhibitor Showcase (Sept 7-10, 2010)

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    05.11.2010

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Ethics for New Trustees

    Date:


    Tuesday, May 11, 2010


    Time:


    3:00 - 5:00 p.m.


    Location:


    Newport Beach Marriott

    Newport Beach, CA


    Sponsored By:

    State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS)
    2010 Spring Conference

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Registration:

    For more information and to register, please visit SACRS

    01.20.2010

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Understanding the Brown Act and Your Responsibilities

    Date:


    Wednesday, January 20, 2010


    Time:


    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


    Location:


    California Rural Water Association

    4125 Northgate Boulevard

    Sacramento, CA 95834


    Organizers:

    Sponsored By:

    California Special Districts Association (CSDA)

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    More Information:

    For more information and to register, please visit CSDA

    05.12.2009

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    Speaking Engagement

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    AB 1234 Compliance Training For New Trustees

    Date:


    Tuesday, May 12, 2009


    Time:


    3:00 - 5:00 p.m.


    Location:


    Hyatt Regency San Francisco at Embarcadero


    Sponsored By:

    State Association of County Retirement Systems
    2009 Fall Conference (May 12-15)

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Registration:

    For more information and to register, please visit www.sacrs.org.

    02.26.2009

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    Speaking Engagement

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    How to be an Effective Board Member: CSDA Ethics Training

    Date | Time:


    Thursday, February 26, 2009

    8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



    Friday, february 27, 2009

    8:30 - 11:30 a.m.


    Location:


    Four Points by Sheraton

    Fresno, CA


    Organizers:

    Sponsored By:

    California Special Districts Association

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Registration:

    For more information and to register visit the CSDA website

    09.25.2008

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    Speaking Engagement

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    AB 1234 Ethics Compliance

    Date:


    Thursday, Sept 25, 2008


    Time:


    8:30 - 10:30 a.m.


    Location:


    Hyatt Regency

    Irvine, CA


    Sponsored By:

    California Special Districts Association
    CSDA 2008 Annual Conference (Sept 22-25, 2008)

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    05.13.2008

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    Speaking Engagement

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    AB 1234 Ethics Training

    Date:


    Tuesday, May 13, 2008


    Time:


    3:00 - 5:30 p.m.


    Location:


    Sheraton Grand Hotel

    Sacramento, CA


    Sponsored By:

    State Association of County Retirement Systems
    Spring 2008 Conference

    Registration:

    For more information and to register: http://www.sacrs.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=27824&orgId=slgs

    02.15.2008

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    Kronick Workshop

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    AB 1234: Mandatory Training for Public Officials

    Date:


    Friday, February 15, 2008


    Time:


    8:30 - 11:00 a.m.


    Location:


    The Sterling Hotel

    1301 I Street

    Sacramento, CA



    Public parking garages are located at 13th & I St. and 14th & H St.


    Cost:


    $20 per attendee (includes continental breakfast)


    Client Discount:


    $100 per City/Agency for an unlimited number of employees to attend


    Agenda:

    • Laws Relating to Personal Financial Gain
    • Laws Relating to Prerequisites of Office
    • Government Transparency Laws
    • Laws Relating to Fair Processes

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Registration:

    Please register on or before Friday, February 8, 2008.

    Use our online registration form or notify Lisa Herrington at 916.321.4222 or lherrington@kmtg.com to reserve your spot. Please pay at the door or in advance by mailing a check payable to:

    Kronick Moskovitz, et al.
    400 Capitol Mall, 27th Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Attn: Accounts Receivable

    07.30.2007

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    Speaking Engagement

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    The Legal Profession

    Date:


    Monday, July 30, 2007


    Time:


    11:00 - 11:50 a.m.


    Location:


    King Hall

    400 Mark Hall Drive

    Davis, CA


    Organizers:

    Sponsored By:

    UC Davis Martin Luther King Law School
    King Hall Outreach Program

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]