ABOUT TERESA STRICKER
Ms. Stricker is a founding partner of Renne Public Law Group, and previously served as the firm’s managing partner. With more than two decades of legal experience, she advises and represents public agency clients, and nonprofits that manage public funds, on a wide range of government law matters.
Ms. Stricker serves as Town Attorney for the Town of Corte Madera, District Counsel for Sanitary District Number 2 of Marin County, and General Counsel for The East Cut Community Benefit District and the Downtown Community Benefit District. She is also a member of the Fair Political Practices Commission Committee of the League of California Cities.
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.
Ms. Stricker also formerly served as General Counsel for San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission, Assistant General Counsel for Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District, and Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco and the City of Brisbane.
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. Her advice services include:
- Charter amendments, ballot measures, ordinances and resolutions
- Brown Act, Public Records Act, sunshine legislation and other laws governing government decision-making and operations
- Complex statutory and constitutional interpretation issues, including compliance with First Amendment, Equal Protection, Due Process Fourth Amendment, and privacy right requirements, and anti-discrimination and equal opportunity laws
- Sensitive conflict of interest questions and related ethics issues
- Planning and land use matters
- Public contracting
- Administrative processes
- Multi-agency agreements
- Elections matters, including initiative and referendum petitions
- State legislative proposals
- Mandatory ethics training for public officials under AB 1234 on conflicts of interest laws, open government requirements and the proper use of public resources
- Personnel matters, workplace violence and security issues, and general aspects of labor relations.
Ms. Stricker has successfully defended local governments in a broad range of complex government law litigation before state and federal courts. She is both a strong advocate and a skilled negotiator who can assist local agencies in resolving disputes where that approach is in the best interest of the agency. She recently filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the California State Association of Counties and 33 California cities and counties asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that limits the ability municipalities to provide shelter and services to homeless individuals.
Ms. Stricker was named a Corporate Counsel and Inside Counsel’s 2018 Women in Law Honoree.
Prior to the formation of Renne Public Law Group, Ms. Stricker was Of Counsel at Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai.
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 Appeals 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, 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 Orange County bankruptcy proceedings.
- Board of Directors Training, Downtown Community Benefit District (April 2020)
- Ethics and Open Government Overview for city council candidates (February 2020)
- Labor and Employment Practitioner’s Guide to Brown Act Obstacles, CALPELRA (November 2019)
- Threading the Needle: Crafting a Defensible Drug Testing Policy, CALPELRA (November 2019)
- The Sixth Council Member: Social Media, League of California Cities Annual Conference (October 2019)
- Ballot Measure Dos and Don’ts, League of California Cities East Bay Division (June 2019)
- But We’re Legislators, Not Judges: City Council Fair Process Requirements, League of California Cities Mayors & Council Members Executive Forum (June 2019)
- AB 1234 Ethics Training, Town of Corte Madera (March 2019)
- Ethics and Open Government Training, Moraga Orinda Fire District (February 2019)
- AB 1234 Ethics Training, City of Pleasanton (October 2018)
- Ethics and Open Government Overview for city council candidates (April 2018)
- Brown Act and Conflicts of Interest Training, The East Cut Community Benefit District (December 2017)
- “The Brown Act,” Institute for Local Government (November 2017)
- Ethics and Open Government Overview for city council candidates (November 2016)
- AB 1825 Harassment Prevention Trainings (October & November 2013)
- AB 1825 Harassment Prevention Trainings (November & December 2011)