Overview

Jill is a litigator who specializes in litigating disputes involving real estate, public procurements and infrastructure projects. She is experienced in all phases of litigation in both federal and state courts, including pre-litigation government investigations, pleadings, e-Discovery, dispositive motions, mediation and trial. She has successfully obtained verdicts for her clients as a lead trial attorney, including for the Texas Department of Transportation.

Jill has particular experience counseling clients on myriad aspects of public contracting and procurement disputes, including defending bid protest challenges and litigating construction claims. Her construction claims experience includes representing clients before dispute review panels and boards in multiple states and in high-stakes disputes on numerous issues that arise in the context of a complex infrastructure project, including utility adjustments and relocations, environmental permitting, environmental re-evaluation, and delay and disruption claims.

She also provides general counsel services to public transportation agencies on a wide variety of matters, including construction contracts, alternative procurement processes, the Brown Act and Public Records Act. This expertise includes: organizational conflicts under federal law; Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) requirements, including good faith efforts regulations; bid protest administrative procedures; and statutes and regulations governing alternative procurement processes, including Congestion Management/General Contractor, sole source, and negotiated procurements.

Experience

Experience

REAL ESTATE & INFRASTRUCTURE LITIGATION

Texas Department of Transportation – U.S. 181 Harbor Bridge Replacement. Member of the legal team advising on replacement of the nearly 60-year-old Harbor Bridge spanning the Corpus Christi shipping channel with a new structure that will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America. Jill’s services include contract administration and advice and counseling in connection with Disputes Review Panel hearings.

Texas Department of Transportation – Grand Parkway, Segments H, I-1 and I-2. Leading the legal team that advises on a contractor dispute on the $1 billion, 52-mile portion of the Grand Parkway (SH 99). Jill’s focus is currently assisting with contract administration and claims management in connection with a Dispute Board process – the first of its kind in the State of Texas. The Disputes Board issued a full defense verdict in favor of TxDOT.

Arizona Department of Transportation – South Mountain Freeway. Member of the legal team advising on a dispute pertaining to the first 3P project in Arizona – the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway Project.

Custom House v. City of Monterey. Represented client in dispute stemming from damage to hotel due to City’s construction activities, and potential impacts to hotel’s property rights due to City’s activities. The dispute resolved in successful settlement between the parties.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Represents the FDIC in a variety of commercial litigation matters resulting from the negligent approval of ADC loans. Assists in investigations of professional liability claims against officers and directors and outside professionals.

San Francisco County Transportation Agency (SFCTA). Represented SFCTA in pre-litigation claims negotiations related to stop loss notice filed by worker of general contractor.

Orozco v. Conrad. Successfully represented Ms. Orozco, who was fraudulently coerced into signing a lease with her new landlord. The jury made findings of fraud and returned a verdict of over $2.1 million in punitive damages after a one-month trial.

Telecommunications Company. Represented tenant in dispute related to impact of tenant’s equipment on roof of building. Dispute resolved in successful settlement between the parties.

West Coast v. SANDAG et al. Represented SANDAG in bid protest proceeding. The court denied the protester’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt SANDAG’s award of the contract, and the case resolved favorably and quickly for SANDAG. As a result, SANDAG was able to move forward with awarding the contract within the time frame set forth in the bid documents.

COUNSELING

Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC). Represented RCTC in bid protest that was filed during the bid scoring process. We negotiated and drafted a settlement agreement that avoided any need for a final decision on the protest and permitted the agency to move forward without impact to the scoring timeline.

San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA). Member of the Nossaman team that served as general counsel to WETA. Provided advice on Brown Act matters at public agency meetings. Provided pre-litigation counseling regarding bid protests and contract disputes.

California High-Speed Rail Authority. Provides pre-litigation counseling regarding funding obligations, highway and street maintenance issues, and applicability of portions of the Public Contract Act.

California Water Association. Represents the statewide association representing investor-owned public utilities regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission in proceedings affecting the delivery of safe, reliable water service at reasonable rates. Also provides advice regarding cybersecurity/privacy regulations.

San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA). Member of team serving as general counsel. Provides advice on Brown Act and administrative code matters at public agency and committee meetings. Negotiates construction services contracts on behalf of SFCTA with construction firms, design firms and technical consultants. Provides pre-litigation counseling regarding bid protests, potential contract award disputes and stop notices.

Port of Long Beach. Member of team assisting the Port with pre-litigation issues related to the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project and various anticipated construction claims. Provided advice on California Public Records Act issues and pre-litigation counseling regarding potential construction disputes.

Insights

Speaking Engagements

Organizations

Community & Professional

Association of Business Trial Lawyers – Northern California Chapter, Board of Governors, Community Outreach Committee Co-Chair

Urban Land Institute (ULI), NEXT; NEXT Steering Committee

Berkeley Real Estate Alumni Association, Member

Honors

Honors & Recognitions

Selected to the Northern California Rising Stars list, 2020-2021

Education

Admissions

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