Thomas B. Brown

Thomas B. Brown

Thomas Brown is a partner of the firm and the City Attorney for the City of St. Helena.  He served for 12 years as the City Attorney for the City of Napa, prior to which he served as Senior Deputy City Attorney for the City of Berkeley.

Tom represents public agency 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.

Tom was a visiting professor at Sonoma State University where he taught “California Land Use Law.”  He is a past President of the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities.

  • California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose61 Cal.4th 435 (2015)
  • Building Industry Association – Bay Area v. City of Oakland289 F.Supp.3d 1056 (N.D. Cal. 2018)
  • Haro v. City of Solano Beach 195 Cal.App.4th 542 (2011)
  • Trinity Park, L.P. v. City of Sunnyvale, 193 Cal.App. 4th 1014 (2011)
  • Disney v. City of Concord194 Cal.App. 4th 1410 (2011)
  • County of Sonoma v. Superior Court, 190 Cal. App. 4th 1312 (2010)
  • Building Industry Association v. County of Stanislaus, 190 Cal. App. 4th 582 (2010)
  • Urban Habitat v. City of Pleasanton, 164 Cal.App,4th 1561 (2008)
  • Hernandez v. City of Hanford, 41 Cal.4th 279 (2007)
  • Smith v. City of Napa, 120 Cal.App.4th 194 (2004)
  • Home Builders Association v. City of Napa, 90 Cal. App. 4th 188, rev. den. 2001 Cal. LEXIS 6166 (Cal. Sept. 12, 2001), cert. den. 535 U.S. 954, 152 L. Ed. 2d 353, 122 S. Ct. 1356, 2002 U.S. LEXIS 1946, 70 U.S.L.W. 3595 (2002)
  • Saad v. City of Berkeley, 24 Cal.App.4th 1206 (1994)
  • Black Property Owners Association v. City of Berkeley, 22 Cal.App.4th 974 (1994)
  • Fisher v. County of Alameda, 20 Cal.App.4th 12 (1993)
  • City of Berkeley v. Cukierman, 14 Cal.App.4th 1331 (1993)

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1982
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1978
  • State Bar of California
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • League of California Cities - President, City Attorneys Department, 2014-15
  • League of California Cities - First Vice-President, City Attorneys Department, 2013-14
  • League of California Cities - Second Vice-President, City Attorneys Department, 2012-13
  • League of California Cities - City Attorneys Department Nominating Committee
  • League of California Cities - Chair, Legal Advocacy Committee
  • League of California Cities - Member, Legal Advocacy Committee
  • League of California Cities - City Attorneys Department Municipal Law Handbook Committee, 2010-2012
  • League of California Cities - Co-Chair, City Attorneys Department Medical Marijuana Subcommittee, 2011-2017