Joan Cassman named as one of the "Top 25 Municipal Lawyers of California" by the Daily Journal in December of 2011, she leads the firm's government and public agency groups. With almost 35 years of practicing law at Hanson Bridgett, she has gained a depth of experience in the three primary areas of public sector law served by the firm: general municipal law, and the public transportation and water industries.
As a skilled municipal lawyer, Ms. Cassman has been the City Attorney for the City of Millbrae since 1989. She also has served a number of cities as special counsel. Among these are San Carlos, Costa Mesa, Brentwood, San Luis Obispo, and Berkeley. For San Carlos and Costa Mesa, she has been called upon to help navigate cutting edge issues involving the outsourcing of services by these general law cities. She serves as the Evaluator for the City of San José Elections Commission and recommends disposition of all complaints alleging ethical violations under the San José Municipal Code.
Ms. Cassman is General Counsel of the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance, a transportation demand management joint powers authority of 17 cities and the County of San Mateo. She also represents the San Mateo County Transit District, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, San Mateo County Transportation Authority, and Metrolink in Southern California. In the area of water, she is the General Counsel for the Mid-Peninsula Water District.
Over her career, Ms. Cassman has developed expertise in a wide spectrum of issues including election law, environmental and real property matters, railroad operations, purchase of service arrangements, franchise agreements, public works projects, municipal finance, rate setting, government reorganization and annexation. She has represented both public and private entities in government proceedings involving all aspects of development, contracts and procurement, and bid protests.
Ms. Cassman resides in San Mateo with her husband who is Vice President and Regional Counsel, West Bay Office of General Counsel Sutter Health. When her two children, now young adults, were going through the public school system, she was a founding member of the San Mateo Foster City Education Foundation and sat on that Board of Trustees for many years. In addition to the UC Hastings Law Foundation, she now serves on the Board of Trustees of Samaritan House that provides medical, shelter, food and clothing assistance to those in need in San Mateo County.
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