Teresa Stricker

Of Counsel

t: 415.678.3811
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Ms. Stricker has extensive experience advising public sector clients on a wide range of governmental law issues. She currently serves as Interim City Attorney for the City of Santa Rosa where she advises elected and appointed City officials, attends City Council meetings, supervises litigation and manages the City’s legal staff. She also serves as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Brisbane, and formerly served as Assistant General Counsel for Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District.

Some of the matters on which Ms. Stricker has provided counseling solutions include:

  • Advising public officials during public meetings and administrative proceedings.
  • Responding to public records requests and open meeting law questions.
  • Interpreting charter and ordinance provisions.
  • Developing and drafting legislative solutions.
  • Advising local officials regarding planning, land use and public contracting matters.
  • Counseling local governments about compliance with First Amendment, equal protection and due process requirements
  • Advising local officials about conflict of interest requirements and related ethics laws.
  • Advising local officials regarding elections matters.
  • Counseling public officials regarding federal, state and local anti-discrimination and equal opportunity laws.
  • Conducting sexual harassment prevention training.
  • Advising public employers regarding terminations, promotional processes, workplace violence and security issues, administrative agency decisions, and general aspects of labor relations.

Ms. Stricker also has significant municipal litigation experience in state and federal courts, and is an effective appellate advocate for governmental entities.  She has successfully represented local governments in sensitive and complex litigation – including constitutional challenges to ordinances and other government actions — before state and federal trial and appellate courts.  Ms. Stricker’s key representations include:

  • Defending local government contracting and employment policies against constitutional and statutory challenges.   Her major cases include Coral Construction v. City and County of San Francisco (San Francisco Superior court and California Court of Appeal levels), Cheresnik v. City and County of San Francisco (district court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and superior court levels) and Taber v. City and County of San Francisco (superior court and California Court of Appeal levels).
  • Defending a board of supervisors’ resolution condemning anti-gay hate crimes against First Amendment speech and religion challenges in American Family Ass’n v. City and County of San Francisco, 277 F.3d 1114 (9th Cir. 2002), cert. denied, 537 U.S. 886 (2002).
  • Defending San Francisco’s sale of the Mount Davidson Cross against Establishment Clause and No Preference Clause challenges at the district court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals levels in Kong v. City and County of San Francisco, and at the United States Supreme Court level successfully opposing Plaintiff’s petition for a writ of certiorari.
  • Defending against Public Records Act challenges.
  • Defending administrative decisions.
  • Representing public entities in election disputes.

Related Experience

Ms. Stricker served as a Deputy City Attorney and member of the Government Team in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office where she was general counsel for the San Francisco’s Rent Board, Health Services System and Assessment Appeals Board.  She also advised San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office, Board of Supervisors, Human Rights Commission, Department of Human Resources, Police Department, Department of Recreation and Parks, Department of Public Works, Public Utilities Commission, Airport Commission, Civil Service Commission, Port Commission and Municipal Transportation Authority.

Before joining the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, Ms. Stricker served as a litigation associate with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP. There, Ms. Stricker represented local government entities and private sector clients in a wide range of litigation in federal and state courts.  Ms. Stricker was among a team of lawyers representing public entities statewide as creditors in the Orange County bankruptcy proceedings.

Practice Areas

Appeals & Writs
Public Agency Law


University of Minnesota Law School, JD, cum laude

Johns Hopkins University, BA

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