Christiane Layton

Senior Counsel

t: 916.258.8812
f: 916.258.8801

Christiane E. Layton is Senior Counsel with Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP. Ms. Layton represents and counsels a variety of public agencies, including transportation agencies, joint powers authorities, councils of government, and special districts, as well as non-profit organizations receiving governmental funding. She serves as general counsel and advises agencies’ governing boards. Ms. Layton advises on open meetings and public records laws; public employment and human resources; public contracting and bidding; ethics and conflicts of interest; and legislation. Her areas of subject matter expertise include legal compliance by local governmental agencies; employment law; state and federal transportation law; airport land use planning; and insurance and risk pooling matters. Ms. Layton holds a Martindale-Hubbell “AV” peer rating, indicating preeminent legal ability and ethical standards.

Ms. Layton provides training to clients on a variety of topics, including the prevention of harassment and discrimination in employment and compliance with the Brown Act, the Public Records Act and conflicts of interest laws. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Local Government Law, McGeorge School of Law.

Recent Presentations

  • “Freedom of Expression Policies – Constitutional Compliance”; “Avoiding Liability Claims on California Fairgrounds”, Western Fairs Association Convention, Reno, January 2015
  • “Legal Update – Selected Airport Land Use Topics”, Cal. Airport Land Use Consortium Conference, Rohnert Park, March 2014
  • “Open Meetings and Public Records Act Compliance”, Western Fairs Association Convention, Anaheim, January 2014


  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Public Law Section
  • State Bar of California, Public Law Section

Practice Areas

Public Agency Law


Georgetown University Law Center, JD

UC Santa Barbara, BA

Bar Admissions




United States District Court, Eastern District of CA