Maggie W. Stern, Shareholder

Maggie helps cities, counties, and special districts navigate the legal issues facing California public agencies. She streamlines routine legal matters and demystifies regulatory compliance, so her clients can spend less time on legal issues and more time on service delivery. Public agencies rely on Maggie for advice on general governance matters, including Brown Act and Public Records Act compliance, conflicts-of-interest evaluation and guidance, constitutional law, procurement and public safety issues. She also represents and defends public agencies in civil actions involving contract disputes, cost recovery, tort defense, tax allocation disputes, land use, public works, and code enforcement.

Legal Experience

Maggie provides representation and advice on general municipal law governance matters. Examples of her specific experience and areas of practice include:

  • Open meeting laws, including the Brown Act
  • Public records laws, including the Public Records Act and local Sunshine laws
  • Compliance with the Fair Political Practices Act
  • Conflicts of Interest, including Government Code section 1090 and the Political Reform Act
  • Code enforcement, including abatement warrants and receiverships
  • Pitchess Motions and weapons petitions
  • Construction, public projects and public works, including prevailing wages, competitive bidding, and bid protests

Maggie also has experience in all phases of litigation, from pre- litigation strategic advising, through trial and recovery of judgments, and has experience representing cities in nuisance abatement, construction, tax, civil rights, dangerous condition of public property, and contract litigation.

Before joining Kronick, Maggie worked in the City Attorney’s Office for the City of Oakland as a Neighborhood Law Corps attorney, where she managed cases involving public nuisance.

While attending law school, Maggie was a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Russel D. Pulver of the United States Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges, where she worked on cases involving the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Act and the Defense Base Act.

Practice Examples

  • Maggie successfully resolved four bid protests on a $50 million dollar public works project, avoiding project-killing delays.
  • Maggie successfully prosecuted two Oakland motel owners for violations of the California Red Light Abatement Act. Following trial, the Judge ordered both motels to close for one year. Maggie also obtained a permanent injunction against a third Oakland motel owner by stipulation.
  • She prevailed in a lawsuit against a property owner for breach of contract for failing to adhere to a settlement agreement designed to abate drug nuisance activities.
  • She has prepared Reasonable Accommodation Ordinances for a number of cities in the Sacramento region.
  • She obtained a workplace violence restraining order for a special district.
  • She has prepared transactional documents for public works design-bid-build, lease-leaseback, and design-build projects, and has helped clients navigate hundreds of projects from issuing the notice inviting bids, through filing of the notice of completion.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Maggie provides trainings for public agencies, including Brown Act, Public Records Act, Form 700 and AB 1234 training for boards and commissions, and inspection warrant and right-of-entry training for code enforcement officers. Her professional activities and affiliations include:

  • Northern California Rising Stars 2018
  • Member, Public Safety Policy Committee, League of California Cities (2017)
  • Member, Legal Committee, California Special Districts Association (2017)
  • Top Lawyers, Sacramento Magazine (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Reviewer, League of California Cities, Municipal Law Handbook, Public Contracting Chapter (2014-2018)
  • Board member, Sacramento County Bar Association, Public Law Section (2016-present)
  • Chairperson, Sacramento County Bar Association, Public Law Section (2013-2015)
  • Member, California State Bar Association
  • Reviewer, League of California Cities, 2013 Municipal Law Handbook, Code Enforcement Chapter (2012)
  • Presenter, “Civil Remedies to Address Human Trafficking and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children,” National District Attorney’s H.E.A.T. Conference (2012)
  • Presenter, “Eliminating Blight in Your Community,”  Mayor’s Crime Prevention Summit for the City of Oakland (2011)

Admitted to Practice

  • All California State Courts
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California

Academic Background

J.D. Golden Gate University, 2009

  • Member, Environmental Law Journal
  • Law and Leadership Fellow

M.P.A. Middlebury (formerly Monterey) Institute of International Studies, 2001

B.A. Middlebury (formerly Monterey) Institute of International Studies, 2000

  • Graduated magna cum laude

    Speaking Engagements

    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.

    12.05.2017

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Tips to Promote an Ethical and Transparent Cultures

    Date:

    Tuesday, December 5

    Location:

    Webinar

    Organized By:

    Institute for Local Government (ILG)

    Program Overview:

    Kronick attorney Maggie Stern will participate in a panel discussion that will help answer these fundamental questions: What practices can a county put in place to promote public trust and confidence? What practices can minimize the risk of missteps that could undermine or damage this trust and confidence? The session will provide attendees with tips to:

    • Encourage ethical best practices,
    • Promote transparency in their work place and in their county community, and
    • Share information with the public about agency operations and the decision-making procession.

    Registration:

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

    11.29.2017

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Devices & Data: Public Records Act and Beyond

    Date:

    Wednesday, November 29

    Location:

    Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA

    Sponsored By:

    Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

    Overview:

    Maggie Stern will present at the 2017 Fall Conference in Anaheim on November 28-December 1. She will participate in a panel discussion about the impact of City of San Jose v. Superior Court on the Public Records Act.

    Registration:

    For more information or to register, please visit the event website.

    09.25.2017

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    Kronick Sponsorship

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    CSDA 2017 Annual Conference

    Date:

    September 25-28

    Location:

    Monterey Marriott & Portola Hotels

     

    Organizers:

    Organized By:

    California Special Districts Association (CSDA)

    Program Overview:

    Kronick is pleased to sponsor the 2017 California Special Districts Association (CSDA) Annual Conference & Expo in Monterey, CA. The conference expects 800+ special district professionals and industry experts from throughout California to discuss timely topics and quality content. 

    Registration:

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

    09.13.2017

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    Kronick Sponsorship

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    League of California Cities Annual Conference 2017

    Date:

    September 13-15

    Location:

    Sacramento Convention Center

     

    Organized By:

    League of California Cities

    Program Overview:

    Kronick is pleased to sponsor the 2017 League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo at the Sacramento Convention Center. The conference expects 1,800+ city officials from throughout California to discuss timely topics and quality content. To name a few, developing session topics include:

    • How cities can embrace innovation,
    • Avoiding code enforcement and safety disasters,
    • Strategies to address OPEB and pension costs,
    • Prop. 64 grant information, and
    • Using partnerships to address hunger, homelessness & support positive youth outcomes.

    Kronick Shareholder David Tyra will present "Understanding the Rapidly Shifting Landscape of Healthcare Obligations" to the City Attorney track on Thursday at 4:15pm. 

    Registration:

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