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:

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Attorney
  • Northern California Rising Star (2012-2018)
  • Top Lawyers, Sacramento Magazine (2016-2018)
  • Best of the Bar, Sacramento Business Journal (2018)
  • 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