Municipalities and Special Districts

Kronick was established in 1959 with a focus on representing public agencies in the areas of water and natural resources law. Kronick founders, Stanley Kronick and Adolph Moskovitz, first met in 1950 as staff attorneys for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, where they formulated a water allocation plan that resulted in revisions to California’s water policy, which became the basis for the water and hydroelectric projects implemented by then Governor Edmund G. Brown. The complexity of legal and governance issues related to water quickly led Kronick into other areas of public agency law, intensifying our experience throughout the complicated network of regulatory agencies and at every level of the state and federal court systems, including the United States Supreme Court. Over the years, Kronick has grown to include attorneys accomplished in a multitude of legal disciplines to help meet the diverse and ever-changing needs of its clients.

For over 50 years, Kronick has been recognized as one of California’s leading public agency law firms. We provide general and special counsel services to over 100 public agencies throughout the state, including several clients that have been with the Firm since our inception, a testament to the Firm’s practice approach of accessibility, pragmatism, and strong client advocacy.

The attorneys at Kronick are known for being thought leaders in their respective practice areas. The attorneys in our public law group regularly write and speak on critical issues facing public agencies, and are frequently consulted by other leaders in the industry. Our public law attorneys counsel clients in every area of public law, anticipating and guiding clients through the full spectrum of legal issues facing cities today. One of the Firm’s many unique qualities is its representation of both public and private clients. This allows us to provide valuable private industry perspective to our public agency clients. It also enables our attorneys to foresee potential issues before they arise and be proactive and outsmart opposing counsel. Having both practices under one roof allows us to bounce ideas off one another to improve your best chance of success.

Whether a situation calls for preventative counseling, skillful negotiation, forceful advocacy or financial guidance, our clients know they can rely on Kronick to quickly and confidently marshal the legal, political and financial solutions they need in order to move their projects and policies forward in the most timely and cost-conscious manner achievable.

Kronick’s dedication to its clients is evident in our ongoing efforts to keep them abreast of changes and trends in the law through timely published Legal Alerts, seminars and workshops. The many long-standing relationships we enjoy with our clients attest to our cost-consciousness, accessibility and effectiveness.

Kronick supports and encourages strong community service and civic participation. The firm is a proud member of the Chamber of Commerce in many of the cities where it has offices. We have been a League of California Cities Partner for many years, and several of the firm’s attorneys have had the privilege of serving on the Editorial Board for the League’s Municipal Law Handbook. Similarly, as it relates to their practice and areas of expertise, Kronick attorneys are involved in more than 80 industry and trade organizations and speak at about 50 conferences annually. Kronick attorneys and professional staff share a strong commitment and responsibility to enhance the communities in which they live and work. As a firm, we support over 20 organizations and programs through a combination of financial contributions, donations of in-kind services and volunteerism.

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    Speaking Engagements

    12.05.2018

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Labor Relations In The Wake Of Janus v. AFSCME

    DATE:

    December 5 – 7

    LOCATION:

    Monterey, CA

    ORGANIZED BY:

    California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA)

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

    Kronick is pleased to again sponsor CALPELRA’s Annual Conference on December 3-7, 2018 in Monterey. Shareholders David Tyra and Christopher Onstott will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Janus v. AFSCME. If the Court overrules Abood v. Detroit Board of Education and holds that agency (or “fair share”) fees constitute an unconstitutional violation of First Amendment rights, the decision will portend a major change in California public labor relations. In this session you’ll learn about likely responses to the Janus decision, from further legislative responses of the type already seen (e.g., AB 119 [union access to new hires] and SB 285 [prohibiting public employers from deterring or discouraging union membership]), to the impact on collective bargaining, and to potential legal challenges to the elimination of agency fees. If you’re interested in the seismic shift in labor relations the Janus decision likely represents, you must attend this session.

    REGISTRATION:

    Please visit the event website for more information.

    12.05.2018

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    Case Studies In Employee Leaves, Reasonable Accommodation, And The Interactive Process

    DATE:

    December 5 – 7

    LOCATION:

    Monterey, CA

    ORGANIZED BY:

    California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA)

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

    Kronick is pleased to again sponsor CALPELRA’s Annual Conference on December 3-7, 2018 in Monterey. Shareholder David Tyra and Associate Jennifer Weiner will discuss how to manage leaves in light of the numerous overlapping laws, how to determine appropriate and effective reasonable accommodations (including leaves) for employees who require them to perform the essential functions of their jobs, and how to conduct effective interactive process meetings with employees and their representatives … all these situations present significant challenges for employers. If you have basic knowledge of the various laws providing employees with leave rights – FMLA, CFRA, ADA, workers’ comp, etc. – then in this session you’ll learn about some of the more difficult, complex, and advanced issues arising from employee leaves and reasonable accommodation requests, with a particular emphasis on the overlapping nature of the various applicable laws, and techniques for handling those issues.

    REGISTRATION:

    Please visit the event website for more information.

    09.26.2018

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Back to Basics: Public Contracting

    DATE:

    September 24-27

    LOCATION:

    Indian Wells, CA

    ORGANIZED BY:

    California Special Districts Association (CSDA)

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

    Kronick is pleased to again sponsor CSDA’s Annual Conference on September 24-27, 2018 in Indian Wells. Shareholder Maggie Stern will review the legal requirements related to procurement of goods, non-professional and professional services, and public projects. Being able to properly classify a purchase and identify the applicable purchasing laws and policies can prevent delays and save staff time, and will limit your district’s legal exposure. Maggie will discuss the legal standard for each category of procurement, such as when to use a request for qualifications, request for proposals, or issue an invitation to bid; as well as common mistakes to avoid for each category, such as failing to require prevailing wages in your contracts when required; and provide special tips to improve your contracting process and protect your district, such as suggestions for how to minimize haggling over your district’s standard contract.

    REGISTRATION:

    Please visit the event website for more information.

    07.27.2018

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Sustainable Groundwater Planning in California

    DATE:

    July 26-27, 2018

     

    LOCATION:

    Sacramento, CA

    Organized By:

    Law Seminars International (LSI)

    Program Overview:

    Kronick attorneys Scott Morris, Jonathan Christy and Holly Roberson will present at the Sustainable Groundwater Planning conference in Sacramento on July 26-27.

    Scott will provide opening remarks as Program Co-Chair and participate in a panel discussion about “Cross-Boundary Flows and Basin Coordination” discussing the legal issues around coordination challenges and issues (a) within a groundwater basin, (b) with adjacent basins, and (c) when an adjacent basin is on the critical list and yours is not; essential terms for coordinating agreements.

    Jonathan’s presentation will discuss financing options and strategies for GSA/GSP and what GSP developers and stakeholders need to know about constraints and viable pathways.

    Holly’s panel will discuss legal parameters for working with Tribes as sovereigns, including requirements for Tribal consultation.

    Registration:

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