Thomas B. Brown
Partner - Oakland
Mr. Brown is a partner of the firm and served for 12 years as the City Attorney for the City of Napa. Prior to his tenure at the City of Napa, he served as Senior Deputy City Attorney for the City of Berkeley.
Mr. Brown represents both public agency and private clients. His practice focuses on all aspects of municipal law. He has extensive experience advising clients and litigating in land use, zoning and planning, the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"), real property entitlements, police power, charter cities, municipal taxation, Brown Act, Public Records Act, code enforcement, intergovernmental relations, grand juries, elections, initiatives, and referenda.
Mr. Brown was a visiting professor at Sonoma State University where he taught, "California Land Use Law," (Spring Semester 2002).
- Saad v. City of Berkeley
- Black Property Owners Ass'n v. City of Berkeley
- Fisher v. County of Alameda
- Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition LLC v. Town of Mammoth Lakes. The $40 Million Hit Could Have Been Avoided!!, Contra Costa County City Attorneys Association, July 2011
- Housing Element Law Update and Use by Right Zoning: HCD Is At It Again, County Counsels Association, July 2011
- Challenges to Housing Element from Urban Habitat Program v. City of Pleasanton to Haro v. City of Solana Beach, City Attorneys Association of San Diego County, May 2011
- Medical Marijuana: Local Land Use Authority Versus State and Federal Law, April 11, 2012
- Court Rules that City Properly Denied Card Room Permit, 10.01.2010
October 2010 Public Law Update
- Feduniak v. California Coastal Commission: The Coastal Commission Gets a Mulligan on its Longstanding Failure to Enforce Violations of Permit Conditions, July 2007
The Marin Lawyer