Marisa R. Lincoln

Partner | Sacramento

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Tel: 916.329.7433
Fax: 916.329.9050
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Marisa Lincoln is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office and is the co-chair of the firm's Investigations Practice Group. She has experience working with school districts, community colleges, and county offices of education with an emphasis in personnel/labor relations and charter school law. Ms. Lincoln is one of the firm's specialists in the area of classified and certificated personnel matters. Ms. Lincoln's experience includes:
  • Advising and representing clients with regard to employee discipline including termination proceedings
  • Advising and representing school districts and county offices of education in certificated layoff hearings and classified layoffs
  • Drafting responses to EEOC and DFEH complaints
  • Drafting responses to unfair practice charges before PERB
  • Advising clients with regard to scope of bargaining and contract management issues
  • Conducting complex investigations on behalf of school districts and community colleges related to claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and various other complaints
Further, Ms. Lincoln's extensive experience with charter schools includes:
  • Reviewing and analyzing petitions on behalf of school districts and county offices of education
  • Advising charter school authorizers with regard to oversight and monitoring issues
  • Analyzing charter school renewal petitions
  • Drafting agreements and memoranda outlining respective charter school and charter authorizer obligations
  • Processing Proposition 39 requests for facilities and negotiating facility agreements
  • Advising charter school authorizers with regard to charter school revocation issues
  • Advising school districts and county offices of education in drafting charter school petitions
Ms. Lincoln also advises on general education law matters, including: Brown Act open meeting laws, conflict of interest, FERPA and student confidentiality, student discipline and expulsion, and Public Record Act requests.

Presenter Experience

Ms. Lincoln is a frequent workshop presenter on topics such as: employee discipline matters, charter school issues, AB 1825 sexual harassment, technology-related personnel matters and Brown Act training for new Board members.


Ms. Lincoln earned her J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She earned her B.A. (cum laude) from California State University, Sacramento. Ms. Lincoln has received certification through ATIXA as a participant in Level 1 and Level 3 ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Trainings.


Ms. Lincoln was named by Super Lawyers Magazine as a 2013 Northern California "Rising Star," a designation only given to less than two and a half percent of lawyers in the state.

New State Laws Aimed At Protecting LGBTQ Students And Students Who Are Pregnant Or Parenting

By: Marisa LincolnStephanie WhiteLauren Lyman-

January 2020Number 1Assembly Bills (AB) 493 outlines new requirements for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to train certificated employees, serving in grades 7 to 12, to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth. AB 809 outlines new requirements for public colleges and universities to increase awareness of the Title IX rights provided to pregnant and parenting students. Additionally, AB 34 requires that specific informa...

DFEH Releases Guidelines on Anti-Harassment Policies, Training and Notice Regulations

By: Marisa LincolnStephanie White-

June 2017 Number 33 The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently released a Workplace Harassment Guide that includes recommended practices to enable employers to comply with California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations aimed at preventing, investigating and addressing workplace harassment. DFEH also issued guidance and a poster related to identifying and addressing sexual harassment in the workplace. Effective April 1, 2016, California employers becam...