About Teresa Stricker
Ms. Stricker is a founding partner of Renne Public Law Group and serves as the firm’s managing partner. With two decades of legal experience, she advises and represents public agency clients on a wide range of government law matters.
Ms. Stricker currently serves as Town Attorney for the Town of Corte Madera and as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Brisbane. She also serves as General Counsel for the San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission and the East Cut Community Benefit District.
From July 2016 to May 2017, Ms. Stricker served as Interim City Attorney for the City of Santa Rosa, where she advised elected and appointed City officials, attended City Council meetings, supervised litigation, managed the City’s 14-member legal department, and assisted in formulating a recruitment for a new in-house City Attorney.
Previously, Ms. Stricker served as Assistant General Counsel for Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District, and as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco.
Ms. Stricker has significant municipal counseling and litigation experience. She provides public agency clients with effective legal solutions to issues ranging from day-to-day government operations to novel legal questions. She has successfully represented local governments in sensitive and complex litigation, including constitutional challenges to ordinances and other government actions, before state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Her practice includes:
- Developing and drafting legislative solutions, such as ordinances, resolutions and ballot measures, and advising legislative bodies on potential legal issues associated with legislative proposals.
- Advising legislative bodies and public officials during public meetings and administrative proceedings, and responding to open meeting laws questions.
- Responding to public records requests on behalf of public agencies, and defending against Public Records Act challenges.
- Advising local officials and legislative bodies on a wide range of government law topics, such as conflict of interest requirements and related ethics laws, public contracting and planning and land use matters, including local regulation of cannabis-related businesses.
- Counseling local governments about complex statutory and constitutional interpretation issues, including compliance with First Amendment, equal protection and due process requirements, and anti-discrimination and equal opportunity laws.
- Advising local officials regarding elections processes and representing public entities in election disputes.
- Conducting trainings for public agencies on the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, ethics laws, and harassment prevention.
- Advising public employers regarding terminations, promotional processes, workplace violence and security issues, personnel decisions, and general aspects of labor relations.
- Defending local government policies and programs against constitutional and statutory challenges.
- Defending administrative decisions.
Prior to the formation of Renne Public Law Group, Ms. Stricker was Of Counsel at Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP. Before joining Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai, she served as a Deputy City Attorney on the Government Team at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. There she served as general counsel for San Francisco’s Rent Board, Health Services System and Assessment Appeals Board, and advised San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office, Board of Supervisors, Human Rights Commission, Department of Human Resources, Police Department, Department of Recreation and Parks, Department of Public Works, Public Utilities Commission, Airport Commission, Civil Service Commission, Port Commission and Municipal Transportation Authority.
Ms. Stricker defended a variety of San Francisco policies and practices from legal challenge. Her significant representation on behalf of San Francisco includes:
- Defending San Francisco’s contracting and employment policies against Equal Protection Clause and Proposition 209 challenges, including Coral Construction v. City and County of San Francisco (San Francisco Superior Court and California Court of Appeal levels), Cheresnik v. City and County of San Francisco (District Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and Superior Court levels) and Taber v. City and County of San Francisco (Superior Court and California Court of Appeal levels).
- Defending a San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ resolution condemning anti-gay hate crimes against First Amendment challenges in American Family Ass’n v. City and County of San Francisco, 277 F.3d 1114 (9th Cir. 2002), cert. denied, 537 U.S. 886 (2002).
- Defending San Francisco’s sale of the Mount Davidson Cross against Establishment Clause and No Preference Clause challenges at the District Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals levels in Kong v. City and County of San Francisco, and at the United States Supreme Court level, successfully opposing Plaintiff’s petition for a writ of certiorari.
Prior to joining the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, Ms. Stricker was a litigation associate at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, where she represented local government entities and private sector clients in federal and state courts. Ms. Stricker was among a team of lawyers representing public entities statewide as creditors in the Orange County bankruptcy proceedings.
- University of Minnesota Law School, JD, cum laude
- Johns Hopkins University, BA
Admissions and Courts
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California