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Governmental Entity Liability

RMKB provides comprehensive trial services to a wide range of municipalities and other public entities, including the cities of San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, Half Moon Bay, Foster City, Hayward, Sacramento, Woodside and Los Gatos and the counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz. In addition to our extensive experience as litigators, we bring to this work an exceptional degree of sensitivity to the political issues involved.

The firm’s public-entity work includes inverse-condemnation litigation, contract disputes, employment lawsuits, and civil-rights defense. We have defended a large number of cases involving law-enforcement officers charged with misconduct, excessive force, and various claims of Constitutional wrongdoing. Often these cases attract potentially damaging publicity and can have serious negative consequences if not handled with care and circumspection.

For example, we defended the district attorney of San Mateo County in federal district court when a former employee claimed he had been fired as a result of his political activities; we negotiated a settlement that satisfied our client and minimized adverse publicity. In a case that involved both First Amendment and excessive-force issues, we defended the University of California against a People’s Park demonstrator; after an eleven-day trial, we succeeded in obtaining a jury verdict for our client.