Mr. Riddle advises and represents public agency clients on a wide range of government law issues. He counsels public agencies on matters concerning constitutional issues, government ethics, open government requirements, initiative, referendum and recall petitions, administrative law, and the legislative process.
In 2012, he was named one of California’s Top 25 Municipal Attorneys by the Daily Journal. He was previously named a California Super Lawyer in the area of political law.
Some of the matters on which Mr. Riddle has provided legal services include:
- Drafting charter amendments and initiative ordinances, including the charter amendment for the San Francisco Ethics Commission.
- Advising legislative bodies on potential legal issues with proposed legislation.
- Representing local governments in a broad range of government law litigation.
- Responding to public records requests and open meeting questions on behalf of local officials.
- Advising and supervising extensive and complex litigation on behalf of the California Secretary of State in the historic 2003 gubernatorial recall.
- Conducting mandatory AB 1234 ethics training on conflicts of interest, public records, open meetings, and the proper use of government resources.
Mr. Riddle is also an experienced appellate advocate on behalf of government agencies. He has written numerous appellate briefs on a wide range of government, election, and constitutional law issues. He has also handled dozens of writ of mandate actions during his career as a government law attorney.
Prior to joining Renne Public Law Group, Mr. Riddle was Of Counsel at Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Riddle served as the City Attorney for the City of Richmond, where he advised elected and appointed officials, attended City Council meetings, supervised litigation, and managed the City’s legal staff.
Mr. Riddle possesses a unique combination of government law and public ethics experience, having served as Chief Counsel to the California Secretary of State and General Counsel to the San Francisco Ethics Commission.
As Chief Counsel to the Office of the California Secretary of State, he advised and represented the agency on a full range of election law issues, including the implementation of new voting systems.
For fifteen years, Mr. Riddle served in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where he was General Counsel to the Registrar of Voters and the San Francisco Ethics Commission.
Mr. Riddle later became Chief of the Government Litigation Team, where he supervised sensitive and complex litigation involving challenges to the City’s laws and policies, including City employment and contracting policies.
Mr. Riddle also served as Legal Counsel to the National Senate of the Republic of Palau, which had recently gained its independence. He drafted legislation, provided advice on a wide range of domestic and international issues, and represented the Senate in litigation.
- “AB 1234 Ethics Training,” League of California Cities (January 2016)
- “Successfully Navigating the Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests,” League of California Cities (October 2015)
- “FPPC Developments,” California City Clerks Association (November 2012)
- “Developments in California Election Law,” Contra Costa City Attorneys’ Association (July 2012)
- City Attorneys Continuing Education Seminar, League of California Cities, Issues in Election Law (February 2008)
- AB 1234 Ethics Training, El Dorado County (December 2006)
- “Courts Take the Initiative,” County Counsels’ Association Annual Meeting, (September 2006)
- Golden Gate University, JD
- University of Notre Dame, BS
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