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Bryan Anderson

Deputy County Counsel

Bryan Anderson represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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James K. Ayden

Deputy County Counsel

James Ayden advises and represents the County and education law clients in labor and employment matters and equal opportunity and employment investigations.

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Jamila Benkato

Deputy County Counsel

Jamila Benkato represents the County in community protection/civil enforcement administrative proceedings and litigation, and advises the Registrar of Voters.

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Mark Bernal

Deputy County Counsel

Mark Bernal advises the Assessor’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Alternate Defenders Office, Independent Defense Counsel Office, Office of the County Hearing Officer, and Development Review Board.

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Winifred Botha

Deputy County Counsel

Winifred Botha represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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G. Allen Brandt

Deputy County Counsel

Allen Brandt represents the Public Administrator/Guardian/Conservator and Adult Protective Services.

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Xavier Brandwajn

Deputy County Counsel

Xavier Brandwajn represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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Valerie Brender

Deputy County Counsel

Valerie Brender represents the County in community protection/civil enforcement administrative proceedings and litigation, and advises the Personnel Board.

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John A. Castro

Deputy County Counsel

John Castro advises the Facilities and Fleet Department, the Roads Department and Roads Commission, and County Sanitation District No. 2-3. He also advises County departments on matters relating to construction and public works.

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Greg Charles

Deputy County Counsel

Greg Charles represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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Henry Chi

Deputy County Counsel

Henry Chi advises and represents the County in labor and employment matters and equal opportunity and employment investigations.

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Rob Coelho

Assistant County Counsel

Rob Coelho oversees the Office’s Labor and Employment Team and Equal Opportunity and Employment Investigations Team. He also oversees the Office’s paralegal staff at the Hedding Street Office.

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Nicole Collins

Deputy County Counsel

Nicole Collins represents the County in community protection/civil enforcement administrative proceedings and litigation, and advises County departments on environment and land use matters.

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Claire Cormier

Deputy County Counsel

Claire Cormier represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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Samuel Cretcher

Deputy County Counsel

Sam Cretcher advises and represents the County Health System and other County departments in labor and employment matters and equal opportunity and employment investigations.

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Nick DeFiesta

Deputy County Counsel

Nick DeFiesta advises the Registrar of Voters and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Wesley Dodd

Deputy County Counsel

Wes Dodd advises the County Health System, Valley Health Plan, and the Emergency Medical Services Agency.

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Tayryn Edwards

Social Justice and Impact Litigation Fellow

Tayryn Edwards represents the County in affirmative litigation matters.

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Katherine Erickson

Deputy County Counsel

Katherine Erickson advises the Social Services Agency and the Office of Supportive Housing. She also advises the County on jail reform and custody operations.

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Robert Fannion

Deputy County Counsel

Robert Fannion advises the Finance Agency, comprising the Controller-Treasurer, the County Clerk-Recorder, and the Department of Tax and Collections.

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Tara Fonseca

Deputy County Counsel

Tara Fonseca advises County departments on criminal justice data sharing, data privacy and security, and technology transactions.

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Aaron Forbath

Deputy County Counsel

Aaron Forbath advises the Santa Clara County Central Fire Protection District, South Santa Clara County Fire District, Los Altos Hills County Fire District, and Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Management Corporation. He also advises County departments on affordable housing and land use matters.

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Howard G. Frank

Deputy County Counsel

Howard Frank represents the Public Administrator/Guardian/Conservator and Adult Protective Services.

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Henry Gaus

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Henry Gaus represents the County in workers’ compensation matters.

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Hannah Godbey

Deputy County Counsel

Hannah Begley represents the County in affirmative litigation matters.

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Juliana Goldrosen

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Juliana Goldrosen co-Leads the Finance, Government Operations, and Technology Team. She advises the Office of the Clerk of the Board, the Privacy Office, and the Information Security Office.

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Mark A. Gonzalez

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Mark Gonzalez represents the Public Administrator/Guardian/Conservator and Adult Protective Services.

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Andrew Gottlieb

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Andrew Gottlieb co-Leads the Finance, Government Operations, and Technology Team. He advises the Office of Countywide Contract Management and Technology Services and Solutions.

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Susan Greenberg

Deputy County Counsel

Susan Greenberg represents the County in affirmative litigation matters, and writs and appeals.

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Nathan Greenblatt

Deputy County Counsel

Nathan Greenblatt represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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Shreya Gupta

Deputy County Counsel

Shreya Gupta advises the Custody Health Services Department and the County on jail reform and custody operations.

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Kevin Hammon

Deputy County Counsel

Kevin Hammon represents the Department of Family and Children’s Services in juvenile dependency matters.

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Mary Hanna-Weir

Deputy County Counsel

Mary Hanna-Weir advises the Registrar of Voters, Office of Children and Families Policy, Office of Gender-Based Violence Prevention, Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Office of Women’s Policy, and several commissions. She also advises the Santa Clara County Office of Education and certain local school districts on various legal issues.

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Glenn P. Hanzlick

Deputy County Counsel

Glenn Hanzlick advises the Technology Services and Solutions Department.

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Kim Hara

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Kim Hara is the co-Lead of the Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation Team.

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Aryn Harris

Deputy County Counsel

Aryn Harris advises the County on jail reform and custody operations; represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters; and advises the Civil Grand Jury.

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Shana Heller

Deputy County Counsel

Shana Heller advises the Office of Diversion and Reentry Services and the Office of the District Attorney. She also advises the Santa Clara County Office of Education and certain local school districts on various legal issues.

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Brian Holdaway

Deputy County Counsel

Brian Holdaway represents the County in workers’ compensation matters.

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Nandini Iyer

Deputy County Counsel

Nandini Iyer advises the Social Services Agency (SSA) and represents SSA’s Department of Family and Children’s Services in juvenile dependency matters.

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Stephanie Jackson

Deputy County Counsel

Stephanie Jackson is a member of the Public Safety and Justice Team and the Finance, Government Operations, and Technology Team.

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Meredith Johnson

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Meredith Johnson is the Lead of the Social Justice and Impact Litigation Team, representing the County in affirmative litigation matters.

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Taby Kalami

Deputy County Counsel

Taby Kalami advises the County Health System.

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Harjit Kaur

Deputy County Counsel

Harjit Kaur advises the Santa Clara County Office of Education and certain local school districts on various legal issues.

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Kimberly Kernan

Deputy County Counsel

Kimberly Kernan advises County departments on real estate matters and land use issues.

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Hilary Kerrigan

Deputy County Counsel

Hilary Kerrigan is a member of the Health and Hospitals Team and Public Safety and Justice Team.

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Jordan Keville

Deputy County Counsel

Jordan Keville advises the County Health System.

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Melissa Kiniyalocts

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Melissa Kiniyalocts is the Lead of the Jail Reform and Custody Operations Team, and advises the Custody Health Services Department, the Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office, and the Santa Clara County Library District.

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Erin Kunze

Deputy County Counsel

Erin Kunze advises and represents the County in labor and employment matters and equal opportunity and employment investigations.

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Jenny Lam

Deputy County Counsel

Jenny Lam advises the Public Health Department and the Santa Clara Valley Healthcare Pharmacy Department. She also represents the County in affirmative litigation matters.

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Sterling Larnerd

Deputy County Counsel

Sterling Larnerd advises the Office of the Sheriff. She also advises the County on jail reform and custody operations.

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Michael J. Leon Guerrero

Deputy County Counsel

Michael Leon Guerrero advises and represents the Sheriff’s Office and other County departments in labor and employment matters and equal opportunity and employment investigations.

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Michaela Lozano Lewis

Assistant County Counsel

Michaela Lozano Lewis oversees the Office’s Human Services Team, Child and Family Protection Team, and Education Law Team. She also oversees the Office’s paralegal staff at the Julian Street Office and legal support staff at the Hedding Street Office.

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Erin Liem

Deputy County Counsel

Erin Liem represents the Department of Family and Children’s Services in juvenile dependency matters.

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Tony Lopresti

County Counsel

Tony LoPresti oversees all aspects of the Office of the County Counsel and serves as the chief legal advisor to the Board of Supervisors, the County Executive, and all County elected officials and department heads.

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Lauren M. Lystrup

Deputy County Counsel

Lauren Lystrup advises and represents the County and education law clients in labor and employment matters and equal opportunity and employment investigations.

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Bhavit Madhvani

Deputy County Counsel

Bhavit Madhvani represents the Department of Family and Children’s Services in juvenile dependency matters.

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Jessica Mar

Deputy County Counsel

Jessica Mar advises the Public Health Department and the County Health System’s Ethics, Compliance and Privacy Office. She also represents the County in affirmative litigation matters.

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Jose Luis Martin

Deputy County Counsel

José Martin represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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José L. Martinez

Deputy County Counsel

José Martinez represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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Steve Mitra

Assistant County Counsel

Steve Mitra oversees the Office’s Finance, Government Operations, and Technology Team. He also oversees the County Whistleblower Program.

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Elizabeth Morgan

Deputy County Counsel

Liz Morgan represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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Robert Nakamae

Deputy County Counsel

Robert Nakamae advises the Assessor’s Office, Procurement Department, and Technology Services and Solutions.

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Kavita Narayan

Chief Assistant County Counsel

Kavita Narayan oversees the Office’s Public Safety and Justice Team and Social Justice and Impact Litigation Team. As the Chief Assistant County Counsel, she partners with the County Counsel to oversee the Office of the County Counsel.

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Rajiv Narayan

Deputy County Counsel

Rajiv Narayan advises the Finance Agency and represents the County in affirmative litigation matters.

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Rachel A. Neil

Deputy County Counsel

Rachel Neil represents the County in affirmative litigation matters and community protection/civil enforcement administrative proceedings and litigation.

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Willie Nguyen

Deputy County Counsel

Willie Nguyen advises the Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency and represents the County in community protection/civil enforcement administrative proceedings and litigation.

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Lesley Pak

Deputy County Counsel

Lesley Pak advises the Facilities and Fleet Department and Assessment Appeals Board, and advises the Office of the County Executive on contracting matters. She also advises County departments on real estate matters.

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Adrienne Patterson

Deputy County Counsel

Adrienne Patterson advises various County departments within the Finance, Government Operations, and Technology Team, and represents the Department of Family and Children’s Services in juvenile dependency matters.

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Angelica Pe Benito

Deputy County Counsel

Angelica Pe Benito advises and represents the County in labor and employment matters and equal opportunity and employment investigations.

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Jessica Pentland

Deputy County Counsel

Jessica Pentland represents the Public Administrator/Guardian/Conservator and Adult Protective Services.

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Bonnie Phan

Deputy County Counsel

Bonnie Phan represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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Elizabeth G. Pianca

Assistant County Counsel

Elizabeth Pianca oversees the Office’s Environment and Land Use Team and Community Protection Team.

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Jeremy Pilaar

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Jeremy Pilaar co-Leads the Health and Hospitals Team, and advises the County Health System’s Finance Office.

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Sara J. Ponzio

Deputy County Counsel

Sara Ponzio advises the Procurement Department and County Health System on contracting matters, and the Department of Tax and Collections on various collection efforts.

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Douglas M. Press

Assistant County Counsel

Douglas Press oversees the Office’s Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation Team, Health and Hospitals Team, and Jail Reform and Custody Operations Team.

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Marcelo Quinones

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Marcelo Quinones is the Lead of the Education Law Team, advising the Santa Clara County Office of Education and certain local school districts on various legal issues. He also represents the County in affirmative litigation matters.

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Ravi Rajendra

Deputy County Counsel

Ravi Rajendra advises the Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement, the Office of Immigrant Relations, the Juvenile Justice Commission, and FIRST 5 Santa Clara County. He also advises certain local school districts on various legal issues and represents the County in affirmative litigation matters.

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Lizanne Reynolds

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Lizanne Reynolds is the Lead of the Environment and Land Use Team and advises the Department of Planning and Development and County departments generally on environmental law and land use matters. She is also the Lead for the Office’s work for the Controller-Treasurer and Department of Tax and Collections.

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Alicia Roll

Deputy County Counsel

Alicia Roll represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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Michael Rossi

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Michael Rossi is the Lead of the Community Protection Team, representing the County in community protection/civil enforcement administrative proceedings and litigation.

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Cara H. Sandberg

Deputy County Counsel

Cara Sandberg advises the County on jail reform and custody operations and represents the County in affirmative litigation matters.

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Steve Schmid

Deputy County Counsel

Steve Schmid represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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Michael Serverian

Deputy County Counsel

Michael Serverian represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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Masa Shiohira

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Masa Shiohira is the Lead of the Labor and Employment team.

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Kanwalroop Kaur Singh

Deputy County Counsel

Kanwalroop Kaur Singh advises the County on jail reform and custody operations, and represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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Miriam Osner Sondag

Deputy County Counsel

Miriam Sondag advises County departments on real estate matters and land use issues, with a focus on affordable housing.

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Min-Kuk Song

Deputy County Counsel

Min-Kuk Song advises and represents the County in labor and employment matters and equal opportunity and employment investigations.

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Jennifer S. Sprinkles

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Jennifer Sprinkles co-Leads the Health and Hospitals Team, and advises Santa Clara Valley Healthcare and Valley Health Plan.

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Matthew Stanek

Deputy County Counsel

Matthew Stanek represents the County in workers’ compensation matters.

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Cristina Stella

Deputy County Counsel

Cristina Stella advises the Office of Sustainability, Department of Environmental Health, and Department of Planning and Development.

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Laura Stornetta

Deputy County Counsel

Laura Stornetta represents the County in workers’ compensation matters.

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Braeden Sullivan

Deputy County Counsel

Braeden Sullivan advises the County on jail reform and custody operations and represents the Department of Family and Children’s Services in juvenile dependency matters.

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Relic Sun

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Relic Sun advises and represents the County in labor and employment matters. She is the Lead of the Equal Opportunity and Employment Investigations Team, advising the Equal Opportunity Division.

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Gita Suraj

Assistant County Counsel

Gita Suraj oversees the Office’s Adult and Elder Protection Team and Workers’ Compensation Team. She also oversees the Office’s budget, fiscal and IT teams, and administrative and legal support staff at the Julian Street Office.

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Josh Tosney

Legislative Deputy County Counsel

Josh Tosney works in Sacramento, representing the County on legislation and legislative advocacy.

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Laura Trice

Deputy County Counsel

Laura Trice represents the County in affirmative litigation matters and writs and appeals. She also advises the Office of Correction and Law Enforcement Monitoring, the Community Correction and Law Enforcement Monitoring Committee, and the Behavioral Health Services Department.

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Jennifer Tsou

Deputy County Counsel

Jennifer Tsou represents the County in workers’ compensation matters.

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Laura Underwood

Deputy County Counsel

Laura Underwood advises the Social Services Agency (SSA) and represents SSA’s Department of Family and Children’s Services in juvenile dependency matters.

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Sohayl Vafai

Deputy County Counsel

Sohayl Vafai is a member of the Finance, Government Operations, and Technology Team and the Public Safety and Justice Team.

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Avril D. Vazquez

Deputy County Counsel

Avril Vazquez represents the Department of Family and Children’s Services in juvenile dependency matters.

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Elizabeth Vissers

Deputy County Counsel

Elizabeth Vissers advises the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Planning and Development. She also represents the County in community protection/civil enforcement administrative proceedings and litigation.

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Aaron Voit

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Aaron Voit is the Lead of the Human Services Team and advises the Office of Supporting Housing and Social Services Agency. He also advises the County Health System.

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Robin Wall

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Robin Wall is the co-Lead of the Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation Team.

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Jennifer Wang

Deputy County Counsel

Jennifer Wang represents the County in federal and state courts in civil rights, tort, and employment litigation matters.

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Phuntso Wangdra

Deputy County Counsel

Phuntso Wangdra advises the County Health System and the Technology Services and Solutions department.

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Kimberly Warsaw

Deputy County Counsel

Kim Warsaw represents the Department of Family and Children’s Services in juvenile dependency matters.

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Megan Wheelehan

Deputy County Counsel

Megan Wheelehan advises the Behavioral Health Services Department, Acute Psychiatric Services Department of Valley Medical Center, and the Behavioral Health Board.

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Mona Williams

Lead Deputy County Counsel

Mona Williams is the Lead of the Public Safety and Justice Team and advises the Probation Department. She also advises certain local school districts on various legal issues.

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Karen Willis

Deputy County Counsel

Karen Willis advises County departments on real estate matters, with a focus on affordable housing.

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Sonia Wills

Deputy County Counsel

Sonia Willis advises the Department of Environmental Health and represents the County in community protection/civil enforcement administrative proceedings and litigation.

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Stefanie Wilson

Deputy County Counsel

Stefanie Wilson advises the Office of Supportive Housing and represents the County in affirmative litigation matters.

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Jerett Yan

Deputy County Counsel

Jerett Yan advises the Airports Department, Airports Commission, and the Assessment Appeals Board.

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Tamara Zakim

Deputy County Counsel

Tamara Zakim represents the County in community protection/civil enforcement administrative proceedings and litigation and advises County departments on environment and land use matters.

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