Michael Roush

Of Counsel


350 Sansome Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94104

About Michael Roush

Mr. Roush advises and represents public agency clients on public agency law, land use, and employment litigation issues. Mr. Roush brings to his clients 40 years of diverse public agency experience and creative solutions to complex legal issues. Mr. Roush currently serves as City Attorney for the City of Brisbane. He previously served as City Attorney for the City of Pleasanton for 21 years. In addition to representing the Cities of Brisbane and Pleasanton, Mr. Roush has represented many elected city councils and appointed commissions in cities such as Stockton, Alameda, San Ramon, San Luis Obispo, and Vallejo.

Mr. Roush has also served as general counsel for joint powers authorities and oversight boards. He routinely advises public agency staff on planning and land use matters, human resources, public safety, public works and engineering, water and wastewater, parks/recreation, and finance. Mr. Roush provides timely and relevant advice on CEQA, the Brown Act, the California Public Records Act, conflict of interest regulations, the Public Safety Officers Bill of Rights (PSOBR), and the Firefighters’ Bill of Rights (FBOR). Mr. Roush also has substantial litigation experience, including complex administrative law matters and interest/grievance arbitrations.

Some of the issues and cases on which Mr. Roush has provided advice and representation include:

  • Representing public agencies in land use and CEQA related litigation.
  • Drafting a development agreement for a mixed use project involving several hundred acres that resulted in the agency’s acquiring, at no cost to it, 300 acres for open space and a community park.
  • Revising a development agreement to facilitate the development of one of the largest business parks in Northern California.
  • Representing a public agency in the agency’s acquiring, and then developing, land for a municipal golf course.
  • Drafting a multi-jurisdiction agreement to address unrestrained growth in the communities involved by significantly limiting wastewater flows into a treatment plant.
  • Serving as a public agency’s representative on risk sharing pools concerning tort and employment practices liability.
  • Defending public agencies concerning claims of discrimination and retaliation in administrative proceedings, arbitrations, trial and appellate courts.
  • Providing legal advice on citizen generated initiatives and referenda, and preparing impartial analyses for the voters’ consideration.
  • Routinely reviewing and editing, or writing, the more difficult, and often politically sensitive, agenda staff reports.

Related Experience

Prior to joining Renne Public Law Group, Mr. Roush was Of Counsel at Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP. Prior to entering private practice, he was City Attorney for the City of Pleasanton for 21 years and Assistant City Attorney for the City of Vallejo for 11 years.

Professional Activities

  • League of California Cities, City Attorneys Department, President (2004-2005)
  • League of California Cities, City Attorneys Department, Legal Advocacy Committee (1993/1994; Chair, 1994)
  • League of California Cities, City Attorneys Department, Nominating Committee (2006)
  • Bay Cities Joint Powers Insurance Authority (risk sharing pool for tort liability), President (2000/2001)
  • Employment Risk Management Authority (risk sharing pool for employment practices liability), Vice-President (1999-2009)
  • Pleasanton Playhouse (now known as Tri-Valley Repertory Theater), President (1995-1998)


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, JD
  • University of California, Berkeley, BA

Admissions and Courts

  • California