Jeffrey A. Mitchell, Shareholder

Jeff, a shareholder in the firm and manager of the firm’s public agency practice group, predominantly counsels public sector clients including cities and special districts in matters relating to land use, planning and zoning, housing, real estate, and general municipal law. Jeff has broad experience in state and federal laws related to use and reuse of land, tax credits, development issues, and funding programs for housing and economic development projects.

Legal Experience

With more than 20 years experience, Jeff advises his clients on a wide range of day-to-day legal and contractual matters facing public entities. He is an experienced negotiator and assists his clients in negotiating and drafting real estate and land use related agreements, as well as other agreements essential to the operation of public agencies. He currently serves a number of public sector clients as legal counsel, including:

  • City Attorney for City of West Sacramento
  • Town Attorney for the Town of Loomis
  • General Counsel for the Port of West Sacramento
  • General Counsel for the Capitol Area Development Authority
  • General Counsel for the Fair Oaks Water District and Florin County Water District
  • General Counsel for the Downtown Sacramento Revitalization Corporation
  • General Counsel for the Sierra Lakes County Water District
  • Special Counsel for the Cities of Elk Grove and Folsom
  • Special Counsel for Westlands Water District

In his capacity as counsel to these agencies, he advises on a variety of legal matters, including:

  • Development and implementation of economic development plans and projects
  • Land-use, zoning, subdivision map act, and environmental matters
  • State and federal regulations governing affordable housing projects
  • General compliance with laws applicable to public agencies, including election law, the Brown Act, conflicts of interest law, and laws related to public records

Practice Examples

  • Jeff was involved in the negotiation and drafting of land acquisition, financing, and development agreements related to the construction of a Triple-A minor league baseball facility (Raley Field) in West Sacramento. Other recent projects include several large master planned subdivisions, a large retail center, and a number of affordable housing projects in the greater Sacramento area.
  • Jeff regularly represents public clients in the negotiation and drafting of development and regulatory agreement related to housing and commercial developments, including a number of affordable housing and mixed use projects. In this area he advises clients on compliance with state and federal law, funding sources, contractual matters and land use issues.
  • As City Attorney and general counsel, Mr. Mitchell routinely handles a wide variety of matters ranging from the negotiation of contracts to litigation matters to general advice to staff and elected officials.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Jeff participates in speaking engagements throughout the year. His topics generally focus on conflicts of interest, open meeting laws, and land use and economic development issues. Some of his recent forums include:

  • California Special District Association
  • California Redevelopment Association
  • California Association of Cemetery Districts

Other professional activities & affiliations include:

  • Article Editor, California Real Property Journal
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, California State Bar Association

Academic Background

J.D. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1990

  • Graduated with Great Distinction
  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Editor-in-Chief, Pacific Law Review

B.A. Claremont McKenna College, 1981